Walking in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons
Wonderful Welsh walks right at our hotel entrance!
You may like to enjoy a relaxed stroll in our grounds but there are many other walks which you can take to explore the area. We have maps and routes at the hotel which you are welcome to borrow. There are also dedicated drying facilities and a bootwash area. Packed lunches are available as well as flask filling. We are happy to store luggage or assist with forwarding it on.
Dogs are very welcome on the walks, but do remember to keep them on a lead if there is livestock around the paths.
A circular walk of around an hour which will give you views of the Irfon Valley and surrounding countryside.
This is a walk of around two hours and takes you to the trigpoint above Builth Wells with beautiful views of the town and valley.
The Epynt Way is a waymarked walk in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the Heart of Wales and is right on the doorstep of the hotel. So if you want a good upland walk (about 13 miles) directly from the hotel, where you may only come across a farmer tending the sheep, look no further than this walk.
Wye Valley Walk
Imagine one of the most beautiful fully waymarked long distance walks in Britain where you hardly see another walker. That is the case with the Wye Valley Walk which passes close by our front door. Follow the Leaping Salmon signs and the full walk will take you from the Source to the Sea, a distance of 136 miles. Not something to attempt in a weekend, but come and stay and walk part of the spectacular trail. Heading upstream from Builth Wells, the river takes on a differnt feel. Past The Rocks and then uner the railway bridge carrying the Heart of Wales line. The path then follows the river towards Newbridge on Wye. You can take the lane back to the hotel by turning left onto the lane just after Bryn-Wern Hall or complete the section by going into the village.
Downstream of Builth Wells, the Wye Valley Walk climbs up into the hills with spectaclar views. There is a circular walk you can take which includes some of this section before coming back into town. It also passes an upland lake and some of the highest points in the area.
The Elan Valley, set in the Cambrian Mountains, is another major centre for walking and just a short drive away from the hotel. You can explore this beautiful area with its extensive range of walks around the expansive reservoirs and dams which date back to Victorian times. There are also walks throughout the year led by the Rangers which allow you to appreciate the beauty of the Valley.
Some walks conclude at the Roman Marching Camp or the remains of Nant y Gro dam where the Bouncing Bomb was tested before the legendary Dambusters' raid of the Second World War. Most of these walks are free of charge.