Oh the weather outside is frightful....
...but that doesn't mean you need to jet off to the Bahamas, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. We thought that, as spring seems to be a little tardy this year, we'd extoll the virtues of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains in the rain and snow. So here are some things to do:
Get out there! As long as you're well wrapped up and make sure that you're safe, there is definitely something to be said for braving the elements for a bracing walk before returning to your cosy cottage for a hot chocolate in front of the fire.
Visit the waterfalls. With all this rain, they are spectacular, and some of the waterfalls, such as Sychryd Cascades are very accessible. You could try the following cottages which are close: Beudy Bach Barn, Glyn Cottage, Pen-yr-Heol, Nant-Y-Ffin, Nant-y-Gwared, Dan-y-Bryn, Tir Hir, and Old School House. While you're in the area, you could pop into the the only distillery in Wales. Penderyn. You can tour the distillery, or you could even take a master class in whisky tasting.
Go to Cantref Adventure Farm.
Children will love it - there's a massive indoor play area, farmhouse cafe with beautiful views and a big indoor petting area. Cottages close to Cantref include Cantref Coach House
, Cantref Forge
, Pen yr Heol Barn
, Trosnant Cottage
, Beacons Gallop
, and Beacons Ride
. Alternatively, just on the outskirts of Brecon is the fantastic Brecon Play Barn
. Cottages handy for the play barn include Brynich Hayloft, The Woolpack, Wagoner's Cottage
, and Miller's Cottage
Take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway
. Powered by a vintage steam locomotive, you'll travel through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer. You can punctuate your journey in Pontsticill, where there is a cafe and a play area. Book at holiday at Foresters Granary 1
, Forest Granary 2
, Stable Loft
, or Avalon
which are all handy for the railway.
While away the time in Hay on Wye - the town of books. Theres always plenty to do with numerous bookshops, antiques, galleries and teashops, as well as the renowned Globe Theatre. Have a look at, Asleep in Hay, Cornerhouse Cottage (both are new on the books and very central), Hideaways and Hayseed House.