This lovely little market town is set in the most incredible countryside within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Flanked by rugged commons leading to craggy hills, surrounded by lush farmland and with its own magical bluebell woods and waterfalls, Talgarth is a must for walkers and nature lovers. In fact, so many walkers visit the area that an annual walking festival was established in 2013, attracting tourists and locals alike at the start of each May.
Outdoor activities on offer here don’t stop at walking though – for a truly unique perspective on the stunning countryside visitors can take to the air in a glider, as the Black Mountains Gliding Club is based in Talgarth. And the town’s mountains and moorland are perfect for exploring on horseback, with opportunities to canter and gallop on the commons from nearby stables.
For wildlife lovers, there is so much to see. The ancient woodland at Pwll-y-Wrach (witches pool) nature reserve has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) due to the existence of some very rare plants. This very special woodland is also home to owls, badgers, foxes and otters as well as an important colony of dormice. Pied flycatchers and dippers have been spotted here, as have lesser horseshoe bats.
The town itself has pubs and restaurants, shops, cafes, a working mill and a music and events venue based in an old chapel.
Did you know?
• Talgarth has a 13th century Pele or Peel tower in the centre of the town.
• Talgarth Mill was restored in 2011 as part of the BBC’s Village SOS programme and is now a thriving water mill, café and bakery
• A Neolithic chambered tomb was discovered in Talgarth by a farmer in 1972. Archeologists uncovered human remains and a bone flute – the oldest musical instrument to be found in Wales
• During filming for ITV’s Hearts of Gold, Talgarth posed as Pontypridd!