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Things to do in the Brecon Beacons

If you are looking for things to do in the Brecon Beacons then you've come to the right place. The Manor Hotel makes an ideal base for those who wish to participate in the many outdoor, sporting and venture activities the area has to offer. Listed below is a taster of what the Brecon Beacons has to offer.

Explore the local towns and villages

The Brecon Beacons National Park is ringed with bustling market towns to visit, and along the banks of the river Usk and the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal you will discover historic villages featuring Welsh architecture and a peaceful way of life. Click here to find out more about the towns and villages in the area.

Fly and course fishing

The rivers, lakes, and reservoirs of the Brecon Beacons allow the fisherman a wealth of different pursuits. Some of the finest brown trout fishing is to be found right on our doorstep on the River Usk, and just a short trip to the River Wye will allow you to try for record breaking grayling and huge pike. With a handful of well stocked lakes and reservoirs to choose from, as well as the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal,  there are also plenty of still water opportunities for pike, carp, dace and perch.

Here at The Manor, we are lucky to have top fly fishing coach and guide Kim Tribe, who is our resident fishing coach and guide with many years of experience and a unique insight into our local rivers. Under Kim’s passion, expert tutelage and with his unlimited local knowledge, you will have the best fishing experience – whether you’re a competent fly fisher or a total beginner.  He’s fished all over the world but believes the Brecon Beacons offers everything for the keen fly fisherman.

Follow this link to find out more about fishing the River Usk and elsewhere locally.


Walking enables you to capture the sheer essence of the Usk Valley and its surrounding scenery first hand. The Brecon Beacon National park is the major centre for walking in South Wales and offers routes for all abilities. With 1250 miles of public path ways there should be enough to keep even the keenest walker occupied. For more information on walking in the area and some of our guests' favourite walks, follow this link. The town of Crickhowell offers a number of local walks allowing you to catch up on the many historic points of interest. If you would like to take advantage of some stunning guided walks or have some hillwalking/navigation training then take a look at the Mountain Activities website, run by Kevin Walker who specialises in taking very small groups (max 4 people per instructor).

Caving & Climbing

The area boasts an array of caves to explore, most famously those at Dan-Yr-Ogof. The National Showcave Centre there is the home to one of the most spectacular cave complexes in Northern Europe. Dan Yr Ogof National Showcave Centre - 01639 730 801.

The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre offers climbing (as well as horse riding and indoor activities) and is an adventure playground for all the family. Black Mountain Activities offer a broad range of outdoor pursuits for individuals and families as well as corporate groups. Llangorse Multi Activity Centre - 01874 658 272, Black Mountain Activities - 01497 847 897.


Often the best areas of our countryside can be experienced from horseback. There are a number of riding centres that cater for beginners to the more experienced. Llangorse Riding Centre - 01874 658 272, Cantref Riding Centre - 01874 665 223.


The quiet lanes and country roads make cycling an ideal way to view the area. A number of national cycle routes run through the region encouraging us all to explore both on road and off. Brecon Beacons National Park - 01873 853 254 For a more adrenaline fuelled ride, the world class Bike Park Wales is a little further afield but it is SO worth it. Talybont-On-Usk  is also well known as the MTB hub of the Beacons and is the starting point for the infamous Brecon Beacons Gap ride


There are excellent facilities for the keen golfer. Golf clubs can be found in Brecon (9 hole), Cradoc (18 hole), and Builth Wells (18 hole). Naturally, all offer spectacular views in which to enjoy the game. Cradoc Golf Club - 01874 623658, Brecon Golf Club - 01874 622004, Builth Wells Golf Club - 01982 553296.


The serene beauty of the rolling mountains and secret valleys makes the landscape surrounding The Manor a painters paradise. For even more inspiration there are a number of art galleries to explore in the local towns.

...and more

From sailing to gorge walking, kayaking to clay pigeon shooting, you can even try your hand at falconry - there's never a shortage of things to do in the Brecon Beacons; but if you are stuck for ideas or would like some help tracking down an ideal day out, all you need to do is contact us and we'll do our best to point you in right direction.


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