Outdoor Activities in Wales

Outdoor Activities 

Although a world away from city life, Llanilid self-catering holiday cottages lie within a 15 minute reach of local mid Wales market towns such as Brecon and Llandovery. The cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff, Newport, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup and the magnificent Gower coastline and Swansea are all within easy reach.

In 2005, this area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, was awarded Geopark status, one of only 29 Geoparks in Europe and the first to achieve the status in Wales. Explore this unique landscape by following one of the many "Geotrails" taking place throughout the year and attend the special events planned for the annual festival of Geopark Fortnight .

The stunning countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park provides fantastic opportunities for a vast array of all year round activities - as hectic or leisurely as you wish.

On summer Sundays and Bank Holidays, you can ride and walk all over the Brecon Beacons on the Beacons Bus network.

Each cottage has its own lockable drying/storage shed for bikes and outdoor equipment. There is also a tap and hose for washing down any muddy gear. 

Nearby is the Crychan Forest, a perfect destination for all types of activities - walking, cycling, horseriding and carriage driving.

Walking - During your stay you can enjoy open access to the acres of  hills and meadows that surround Llanilid Cottages. Throughout the area, gentle riverside rambles, historic footpaths and mountain and cross country hikes are all waiting to be explored - the choice is yours. Why not just take a picnic and sit on the grass. Try out some of the Epynt Way - a 55 mile walk in total over the MoD land on Mynydd Epynt. Within a few miles of Llanilid Cottages are thousands of acres of hillside containing some of the most dramatic scenery in the Brecon Beacons. You can explore this area, known as the Cnewr Estate, and wander over the mountains of this wild moorland. Discover "waterfall country" and the upper reaches of the Nedd Fechan River, scale spectacular vantage points like Fan Ffraith and trace the course of a long abandoned tramway. All year round Guided Walks are also an option If you don't want to venture off alone.  They're a fantastic way to discover more about the Brecon Beacons and they're free!

Cycling - We have quiet country lanes, traffic-free cycle routes and challenging mountain bike tracks which provide a choice for cyclists of all abilities. The Taff Trail  is a mainly traffic free cycle route. It passes through the Brecon Beacons on route from Brecon to Cardiff. The off road sections are ideally suite to beginners and families and can be linked to other rights of way to provide more challenging routes. Cycle hire shops are located in nearby Brecon and operate a delivery service to Llanilid Cottages.

Star gazing - Our skies are special. Wrap up warm, pack a blanket and picnic and look up at the stars! The British Astrological Association names Mid Wales as one of the few remaining destinations in the UK where star gazing is still possible. To the majority of the population, the 24 hour day is a reality and darkness is a thing of the past. Urban sky glow pollutes nearly all of the UK's night skies. Most people have always lived with light pollution so don't know what their missing.  How many children have seen a truly dark sky with only stars to illuminate it? At Llanilid Cottages the absence of light pollution and the spectacular dark skies are breathtaking.  On a dark, clear night you can see over a 1,000 stars stretching across the sky.

Fishing - The Brecon Beacons has many well stocked private pools and lakes within easy reach of Llanilid Cottages. Most of the south and mid Wales reservoirs and famous fishing rivers of the Wye, Usk and Towy are a short distance away. (See also Fishing In Kite Country)

Bird Watching - You can spot a  vast array of birds on the surrounding farmland. And watch in awe as the red kites are fed at The Red Kite Feeding Centre at nearby Llanddeusant or a little further a field at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader.

Horse Riding - Discover the beauty and adventure of the area on horseback . We have a wide choice of riding and trekking centres on the doorstep, offering a fun day out for all abilities.

Golfing -  We have golf courses in and around the Brecon Beacons that are accessible, friendly and welcoming - whatever your ability.

Geocashing- Become a Geocashing enthusiast. We have hundreds of Geocashes in the Brecon Beacons area.

Water Activities - All kinds of water activities are catered for in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pack a picnic and take a trip on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal or for the more adventurous, try water sports on Llangorse Lake. For the ultimate challenge, have a go at the famous Bog snorkelling Championships at Llanwrtyd Wells.

For unforgettable "away days", visit the magnificant Gower and Pembrokeshire beaches, all within easy reach.

More Options - To truly set the adrenaline pumping, choose from a host of action packed activites in mid Wales - mountain boarding, quadbiking, 4 wheel drive off roading, paragliding, climbing, caving, potholing and white water rafting. Activity centres nearby offer expertise in all types of outdoor activities.

Cycling through streambog snorkelling in Llanwrtyd Wells