Things to do around the Brecon Beacons
With walks from your doorstep plus two wood-burning stoves, plenty of board games and quiz books, comfy sofas and a garden with croquet and boules and a south-facing patio some people feel that Baddegai has everything you need for the perfect holiday. But there is plenty to do in the area and listed below are some of the highlights.
Boat and Canoe Hire, Brecon Canal Basin (5 miles) www.beaconparkdayboats.co.uk
Explore the wonders of the beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in a canoe or luxury electric day boat.
Dragonfly Cruises, Brecon (5miles) www.dragonfly-cruises.co.uk
Take a 2 and a half hour trip along the Canal in a narrowboat trip boat. You will pass through a lock and over and aqueduct before returning to Brecon. Refreshments are available on board and the trip is suitable if wet or dry.
Brecon Beacons Riding (5 miles) www.cantref.com
Choose from one hour, half or whole day treks in the heart of the National Park. Riding lessons also available.
Canoeing and Kayaking www.wyeanduskfoundation.org
The two major rivers in the National Park are the Wye and the Usk, parts of which you can canoe all year round. There are half day trips from Glasbury and Hay.
For year round canoeing the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal is ideal. You can also canoe along the river from Brecon to Brynich Aqueduct and then come back along the canal in to town.
You can also hire rowing boats for the day on Llangorse Lake or learn to sail on Pontsticill Reservoir.
There is plentiful game and course fishing in the National Park –the River Usk is an ideal environment for salmon and wild brown trout and some of the reservoirs are stocked with rainbow trout. You can also fish on Llangorse Lake and on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal though licences are needed for all fishing in the Park.
Brecon Mountain Railway (17 miles) www.breconmountainraliway.co.uk
Travel in an all-weather observation coach behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into National Park alongside the Taf Fechan Reservoir.
There are 160 caches (treasure boxes) hidden in the Brecon Beacons to search for. They are all close to bus routes so you don’t even need to use the car.
The Visitors Centre is home to star gazing events organized with the Cardiff Astronomical Society and Dark Sky Wales. The light pollution is so minimal at Ty Nant it is worth just stepping outside the front door.
There are golf courses close to Baddegai to suit all levels of golfers and many of them offer spectacular views across the surrounding area.
Some of the closest are –
- Brecon Golf Club (5 miles) –9 holes –www.brecongolfclub.co.uk.
- Cradoc Golf Club –(8 miles) –18 holes plus floodlit driving range –www.cradoc.co.uk
- Builth Wells Golf Club (28 miles) –18 holes –www.builthwellsgolf.co.uk
- Summerhill Golf Club (23 miles) –18 holes –www.hayonwyegolf.co.uk
- Wernddu Golf Club (27 miles) –18 holes –www.wernddu-golf-club.co.uk
Baddegai is situated in a great position –very secluded –but only a mile from the A470 which makes the many local towns and attractions very accessible.
Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales. (15 miles)
With over 1.5km of cave passageways to explore plus one of the largest dinosaur parks in the world, a replica iron age farm, shire horse centre and Barney Owl’s playground this is a real day out for all the family.
Big Pit (30 miles)
Here you can take an underground tour led by a real miner to give you a taste of what life was like at the coal face. There are award-winning interactive exhibits, a virtual tour for those who would rather stay on the surface and many colliery buildings to visit. The Big Pit is part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site that includes Blaenavon Ironworks which helps visitors experience life for working families here over 200 years ago.
Waterfall Country, Pontneddfechan (18 miles)
Caves and waterfalls abound where the Mellte river has cut down through layers of shale and sandstone to create spectacular wooded gorges. The Waterfalls Centre houses an interactive exhibition which is a great place to start exploring this beautiful area.
Brecon (5 miles)
Brecon –There are the castle ruins dating from 1093, the cathedral built on the site of a monastery, the Brecknock museum and The Regimental Museum celebrating 300 years of regimental history.
For evening entertainment there is the Coliseum Cinema –which first opened in 1925 and still retains the atmosphere of a traditional cinema.
Theatr Brycheiniog –is the first solar- powered theatre in Wales and offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year. There is also a year round programme of visual arts by local artists and a nationally acclaimed bistro.
There are also a huge variety of restaurants to choose from both in the town and in the pubs in the surrounding villages.
Crickhowell (19 miles)
Pretty town on the banks of the river Usk close to Tretower Court which is one of the best examples of a fortified manor house in Wales.
Hay on Wye (22 miles)
With castle ruins, a 17th century Jacobean mansion and Victorian Clocktower there is more to Hay than just books!
Abergavenny (25 miles)
A restored 19th century hunting lodge in the grounds of the castle is home to Abergavenny museum and the 12th century Tithe barn houses an exhibition of the town’s history from 1087.
Red Kite Feeding Station (17 miles)
From the specially built hide watch more than 50 red kites, buzzards and other birds competing naturally for the meat provided by the feeding centre every day of the year.
Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydffil (15 miles)
Set in 160 acres of beautiful parkland is the Woodland Visitor