Llyn Y Fan Fach

2 perfect days in Brecon Beacons

For those who love a sweaty hike, or for those who just want a romantic weekend getaway, these 2 days can be as sweaty or chilled as you make it – either way, you will get to witness the stunning scenery of Wonderful Wales and stay in the most charming Barn conversion!

So getting straight into it…

Where you should stay

Hikes and walks you can do

Something different – once in a lifetime experience!

Where you should stay – our amazing visit to Gilfach Farm

Ever wanted to stay on a farm? Well today is your lucky day! We stumbled upon Gilfach Farm on booking.com after seeing the most reasonable prices ever for a whole Barn Conversion. We couldn’t say no and I mean, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by animals and trees?

Brecon Beacons accommodation

This was our first time staying on a farm, and to top it off we were in a beautiful conversion which was more than perfect for the weekend. We were honestly blown away by the whole experience, from being greeted by Hugh’s lovely dog Oscar, the views of the horses from our window, the utter silence surrounding the farm, and not to mention to Arctic Cabin BBQ that is available to use!

The Barn itself honestly exceeded all expectations, the attention to detail was beautiful and it had that lovely cottag-y feel and was very well kept. We had a hallway leading to two separate rooms – one, a beautifully decorated double bedroom with an en-suite. The other, a cosy lounge with a sofa and dining table leading into a fully equipped kitchenette.

Brecon Beacons Airbnb

What you can find in the Barn Loft

– Bedroom: double bed, wardrobe, books, dressing table and mirror

– En-suite: shower, towels

– Hallway: fridge, freezer, microwave, map of the park!

– Lounge: double sofa, large widescreen TV, smart hub, boards games, dining table and 2 chairs

– Kitchenette: oven and electric hob, kettle, crockery and cutlery, saucepans, chopping boards, cooking knives

– WiFi

– Lovely welcome notes and guides to your stay, a beautiful touch that made us smile!

Gilfach Farm, Brecon Beacons

What you can find on the property:

– Artic Cabin for BBQ’s come rain or shine

– Acres of farm land and woodland to explore

– A beautiful dog called Oscar who is very welcoming

– Horses

– Space for parking your car

– Lots of flowers and beautiful views!

Book for your next trip to ensure you don’t miss out on this wonderful property!

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Hikes and walks you can do

What’s 2 perfect days in the Brecon Beacons without a good old hike? We’ve put together a little list of walks you can do, some we have done ourselves and some are still on our bucketlist! There’s only so much you can do in a few days…

So here they are. Like we mentioned before, you can make these as easy or challenging as your body allows.

Llyn Y Fan Fach

Llyn Y Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons
Photo credit: Katie Macnamara – @katiemacnamara_

Definitely the most rewarding hike we’ve done so far in the Beacons!

From the Llyn Y Fan Fach car park, you find yourself on a slightly uphill 1.5 mile walk until you reach the base of the Black Mountaain peaks (not to be confused with the Black Mountains in the East of the park) where you’ll find the lake. This personally took us appox. 30-40 minutes at an average pace and taking photos. Despite the long walk, the views are extremely rewarding, with steep hills either side, plenty of sheep and the River Sawdde running beside you. You will come across a couple of small waterfalls on your route which are completely picturesque (pictured below), which would be a lovely walk on it’s own if you don’t fancy the full 1.5 miles.

Llyn Y Fan Fach Walk

Reaching the foot of the lake is absolutely breathtaking! Find your tiny little self surrounded by giant peaks in all directions, all hugging the beautitul Llyn Y Fan Fach Lake. You can call it a day and chill by the lake with a picnic or BBQ, taking a dip with all sounds of the outside world cushioned by the mountains. 

Have you ever been on a hike in nature, taken a moment to just stand still and hold your breath to hear the silence? We do this all the time and this is honestly the most perfect spot to do this! It’s like nothing else matters or exists other than that very moment. Pure bliss.

Llyn Y Fan Fach Lake

Want a challenge? From the lake you’ll see a trail to the right side of the lake that will guide you up and over the peaks of Black Mountain. The views from above just leave you speechless and are definitely worth that extra push!

Four Waterfalls Walk

Four waterfalls walk

I won’t ramble on too much about this one as you can read all about it it detail in our Four Waterfalls Walk article, but this should definitely be another one at the top of your list for your trip!

Spend the day hiking through the forest and exploring the 4 huge waterfalls which lie on the River Mellte, right in the heart of Waterfall Country. You can even walk behind the biggest waterfall of the four, Sgwd-yr-Eira!

The trail is 5.5 miles so definitely worth a day trip, but perfect if you’re ready for your dose of nature and waterfalls – they are truly spectacular, we loved it!

Pen Y Fan

Photo credit: Max Bedford – @yo_maxwell_house

Of course not forgetting the highest peak in South Wales – Pen Y Fan stands tall at a whopping 886m and is one of the 3 Welsh peaks. The challenging route to reach the summit is the Cwm Llwch Horseshoe Walk which is 7.7mi and 6 hours, or you can opt for one of the easier routes which start from Pont Ar Daf or the Storey Arms, both around 2.2mi and 2 hours.

You can read all about each route from the Mud and Routes website and see which one works for you! If you don’t feel like going it alone you can book a tour on TripAdvisor and join a group of hikers!

Henrhyd Falls and Nant Llech walk

Yet another epic walk with a rewarding view – the highest waterfall in South Wales! Leave yourself a few hours to explore the wooded Graig Llech Gorge, on a 3.5 mile walk. The photos just look amazing and remind us of Lydford Gorge in Dartmoor National Park!

Something different to do,

a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Big Pit Coal Mine

Oh. My God. We have never experienced anything like this before, it was mind blowing! If you dare to take the plunge, get into the pit cage and be lowered 90 metres underground into an old coal mine…

Big Pit was a working coal mine from 1880 up until 1980 when it closed. It is now a museum today offering an abundance of history and exhibitions, as well as an underground tour lead by ex-miners themselves.

We cannot recommend this tour enough if you can handle small spaces, ducking down through the tunnels and a bit of darkness. Don’t worry, you’ll be fully geared up with a helmet and head torch and be with someone at all times!

A true adventure for us today, but comes with a long line of sad history and a lot to remember our miners by. This isn’t an experience to be missed.

Big Pit is located just on the Southern outskirts of Brecon Beacons, which is around an hour drive from Gilfach farm if you decide to stay here, which isn’t too bad. Or, this would make a perfect stop on the way there or on the way home! Enjoy it by yourself or as part of a 1 day tour around the Brecon Beacons.

What an amazing time we had exploring Wales! Wishing you 2 perfect days in Brecon Beacons if you’re visiting soon. We’ve really enjoyed writing this guide for you and are so excited about the accommodation (as you can tell haha).

Leave a comment if you would love to go here, and we’d love for you to get involved on our Facebook page if you have been here already! Photos, tips or anything from Brecon Beacons, post away in the community! 🙂

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  • Shashwat .Prakash

    Hello Kelly and Luke

    Brecon beacons seems a very attractive and beautiful place for a short vacation. I have never been to Wales but I can tell from your pictures, it’s downright beautiful. I love waterfalls for their mighty and mystical appearance. The four waterfalls are absolutely a must visit as I could decipher. Thanks for sharing this amazing travel log with us. I hope to visit soon.

    • Kelly

      Hey, thanks for your comment, we really appreciate it! 🙂

      We fell in love with the Brecon Beacons and will deffo be visiting again soon, as soon as times allows us on our busy schedule lol. The waterfalls were definitely a highlight of our trip as we love waterfalls too, and have never actually seen any in Wales – so a great first experience 🙂

      All the best and happy travels!

  • Andres Agudelo

    Hi Kelly,

    I really love the way you explain your experience at the Brecon Beacons. It is really good to read information about a place before going there, so you can expect what is going to happen. It seems to be a beautiful place to go to. I love walking and these places seem to be a perfect fit for me in that case. Lots of beautiful landscapes that you can visit and also looks like the places are not as crowded as others.

    I would like to know how much you spent on hotels and food?

    Thanks for the article.

    • Kelly

      Hey Andres! Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 we totally, agree… We’d be lost without other people’s blog post when we’re visiting a new place!

      So the lovely farm we mentioned in the post was just £144 for two nights, which includes the whole Barn Loft conversion! Absolutely amazing! And because we had our own kitchen, we just done a super cheap shop at the supermarket and made all of our food our self, including taking our own sandwiches and snacks on hikes. Maybe £30 on food for the weekend? So all in all a really cheap stay 🙂

      All the best!

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