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