Sights and Activities

Walking in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons National Park covers 1347 square kilometres, and offers walkers a pleasant variety of scenery; with forests, hills and lakes scattered across grassy moorland. Ty Taf Fechan B&B is central in the National Park and if you fancy a real challenge you can hike from the house to the 'Southern horseshoe' walk of Corn Du, Pen Y Fan and Cribyn! There are many more easier walking routes from the house and it is only a short drive to river walks to view waterfalls at Ystradfellte and Blaen-y-glyn (see pictures below!)

We are more than happy to recommend walks in the local area. We are members of the tourist board 'Walkers welcome' scheme.

Mountain Biking

Within the National Park there are 14 single track mountain bike routes through forests, over  mountains, through streams and open commons. The graded mountain bike routes are colour coded into yellow, green, blue, red...and 'killer' black routes!

The routes start from one of 5 major Mountain bike centres in the Brecons. The route of the 'Taff Trail' passes along the road outside 'Ty Taf Fechan' so if you are undergoing that arduous trail, our B&B is the perfect place for an overnight stay!

We can store bikes at Ty Taf Fechan.

We are members of the tourist board 'Cyclists Welcome' scheme.

                                                         You can hire bikes from Brecon at:    (tel: 01874 610071)

Bike Park Wales

A new £1.8 million Mountain Bike Park opened in Gethin Woods, south of Merthyr Tydfil, in August 2013. The EU backed BikePark Wales has become a major tourism attraction to the region and is proposed to attract 100,000 visitors within three years.

We are in the perfect spot for you to spend a day or two at the Bike Park, being just 6 miles away. We have had a lot of guests staying with us - both in the B&B and in our sc lodge - who have come purely to enjoy the bike Park.

We are members of the tourist board 'Cyclists Welcome' scheme.




Fishing is a popular and easily accessible activity in this area. Whether you are looking for coarse or game fishing, in river, canal, lake or reservoir you will find many fisheries to choose from in the Brecons.

Pontsticill reservoir is well stocked with pike, perch, roach, bream and tench.

For more information please look at the detailed and up-to-date information on the angling sites. Information on where to obtain licenses and permits is available from the Tourist Information Centres, Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru, Environment Agency and from Fishing in Wales.

The Brecon Mountain Railway

Ty Taf Fechan B&B is only a ten minute walk from the tracks of the historic Brecon Mountain Railway. The original Brecon and Merthyr Railway ran from 1859 to 1964, and was restored to service in 1980. The steam-powered locomotive now carries tourists from Pant to Dolygaer along the eastern bank of Pontsticill  Reservoir. The service has now expanded to go along the side of the Pentwyn reservoir to Torpantau. 

Logging in this area has really 'opened up' the views!

Rock UK Summit Centre.

The Summit Centre is located south of Merthyr Tydfil, and is built on the site of the former Trelewis drift mine which closed in 1989.

The indoor climbing walls are up to 18 metres high with over 180 climbing routes plus an additional bouldering area. The centre also has a world class man made caving system with a waterfall inside. All levels are catered for.

Prices vary according to the activity chosen. Please contact the venue for details.

Rock Uk Summit Centre, The Old Drift Mine, Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil, CF46 6RD, Wales

Tel: +44 0844 800 0222

Local Towns and Facilities

The ancient town of Brecon is easily accessible via a beautiful drive through the National Park. Abergavenney, Crickhowell, Monmouth, Caerphilly and Hay on Wye are within easy range.


The local village of Pontsticill - just two miles away - has two pubs for lunchtime and evening meals.


Merthyr Tydfil is the nearest town to Ty Taf Fechan, being just 6 miles away. It has a variety of facilities available including banks, restaurants, fast food outlets, hospital, and the usual shops and supermarkets, a retail park that includes M&S, and the new Trego Mills complex.


Two local waterfalls

Our lovely local waterfalls at Blaen Y Glyn are just 5 minutes drive away. This area is the starting point for some fabulous walks over the central Brecon Beacons area.


The popular four waterfall walk is at Ystrafeldte in another local valley.

There are two waterfalls you can walk behind , including Henryd waterfall, which is the highest in southern Britain!

           Attractions, Theme Parks and general tourist attractions within a reasonable drive 

Bike Park Wales - 6.0 miles

Brecon Mountain Railway - Merthyr Tydfill - 3.0 miles

Dragonfly Cruises - Brecon - 10 miles                                                             

Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre - Brecon - 12 miles                       

The Big Pit - Blaenavon - 15.0 miles

The National Showcaves Centre For Wales - Abercrave - 15 miles

Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre - Penderyn - 12 miles

Llangorse Multi Activity Centre - Brecon - 10 miles

Talgarth Mill - Talgarth - 13.5 miles

Brecon Park Boats - Abergavenny - 19 miles

Abergavenny Museum - Abergavenny - 19 miles

Erwood Station Craft Centre And Gallery - Builth Wells - 22 miles

Aberdulais Tin Works And Waterfall - Aberdulais - 24 miles

Red kite feeding centre - 20 miles

Blaen Y Glyn waterfalls - 2 miles

Ystrafeldte waterfalls - 18 miles

Cyfartha Castle, Merthyr Tydfil, - 4 miles

Raglan Castle - 20 miles