Top 10 Autumn activities to enjoy in the Brecon Beacons
Autumn is a wonderful time to come and spend time the Brecon Beacons National Park, as the nights draw in, it’s the perfect time to get together with plenty of sights, dramatic colours and epic adventures to enjoy, here’s some of our favourite things to enjoy.
1. Head out on a walk with Good Day Out
Enjoy the autumn leaves along quiet lanes and farmland in the company of a little animal friend. On the Piggy Walks with some friendly KuneKune pigs, you’ll accompany them along a beautiful valley with them snuffling in the hedgerows and taking treats from you along the way before you sit down for a great afternoon tea. With the Dinky Donkey Walks, sweet-natured Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys carry your refreshments to a scenic picnic point, or you can chose to play agility games with them in their field. All the Good Day Out experience days are held with tiny group sizes or as private sessions, and are most popular with adults although quiet, animal-loving children are welcome.
For info please visit www.gooddayout.co.uk
2. Take to the hills with Bikes and Hikes
An Autum bike ride in the Brecon Beacons can offer something for everyone from a family ride along the Tow Path to warm up in a canal side Pub, in front of a roaring fire. To the amazing picture taken on the Brinore Tram way, above the Talybont Reservoir on the infamous Gap Ride and Beacons Favorite. Talybont on Usk has a small but passionate bike shop Bikes and Hikes offering Trail Advice on what’s riding best for the conditions and weather.
You can hire a bike, get a map with a highlighted route to keep you on Track.If you bring your own bike there is a Bike Hub with Bike Wash, tools including pump, Toilets and Showers and if you need anything bike related Advice Spares accessories and Trail Maps
For the Pre and Après Ride Talybont on Usk has the Canal Side Shop and Cafe and 2 excellent Pubs in the village. Don’t forget your camera as there is a village calendar that is always looking for that shot to feature in its pages, and you never know.
To Book Bike Hire go to Bikes and Hikes
3. Enjoy a colourful autumn walk
The Brecon Beacons comes alive in the autumn, with crisp leaves and roaring open fires in cosy inns and pubs. Head outdoors and go for a rejuvenating walk in many of the breathtaking spots in the Brecon Beacons. Exploring on foot is a great way to embrace the autumnal colour, it’s a great opportunity to breathe in the cool crisp air and experience the best of this season with these walks in the Brecon Beacons.
4. Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales
Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Botanic Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic.
Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, the British Bird of Prey Centre, orchid-filled meadows, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a restored landscape. Come and explore the restored lakes, dams, bridges, cascades and waterfall, and discover an amazing collection of over 8,000 different plant varieties.
With 400 acres for you to explore, Waun Las National Nature Reserve is an enchanting mosaic of flower-rich meadows, evocative woodlands, waterfalls and cascades
The Garden as a series of events happening over the coming months.
1 April – 31 October: 10am-6pm
1 November – 31 March: 10am-4pm
5. Walk with an alpaca with Alpaca My Boots
Looking for last minute accommodation? Check out our last minute Autumn escapes here.
6. Take in our night skies
We have some amazing and iconic places that you can experience the majesty of the night sky as well as our National Park. On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. It’s enough to make anyone starry eyed. Here’s are top ten places to stargaze in the National Park.
Our Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers to come and stay. Check out the best places to stay in the Brecon Beacons for stargazing here.
7. Adrenaline activities
For thrill-seekers, autumn in the National Park is the season to live for. Canyoning in the Brecon Beacons is made all the more exciting as the increased rainfall intensifies the region’s wonderful waterfalls.
Gorge walking is a very popular activity and we have many experienced outdoor activity providers who can take you in the beautiful Waterfall Country in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park to experience it. The activity includes some scrambling and daring jumps from 1 to 20 feet high into safe water. Find an activity provider here
Canoeing on the River Wye, where you can experience white water during the Winter months from the beginning of October through to the end of March. Find an activity provider here
8. Take to the sky at Zip World Tower
Home to Phoenix and Tower Flyer, Zip World Tower is the 4th Zip World site to open, and is the 1st to be situated in south Wales. Nestled in the Rhigos mountain range, and boasting stunning panoramic views, this adventure hub is situated at the old Tower Colliery coal mining site, and had created a new lease of life for this historic and widely-loved base. The Phoenix is a record-breaker, being the fastest seated zip line in the world, and Zip World’s steepest. You’ll travel at speeds up to 70 mph and with four lines situated side by side, can race friends and family to be the fastest Book your place here.
9. Days out with your family
Autumn is the perfect time to get outside with your family and enjoy creating wonderful memories. And with all the events and activities you can get up to in our National Park it’ll be impossible for the kids to get bored.
Our National Park is the best ever playground. There are masses of things for active families to do. Of course, there’s no need to pack every day with expensive activities – simple things like picnics and Pooh sticks can be just as much fun. In fact, many of our favourite ideas are absolutely free. Check our our top ten ideas for family fund here
We also have lots of family friendly attractions which will keep you entertained. Read more here.
Looking for things to do whatever the weather? Check out our suggestions here.
10. Great days out in the National Park
The Brecon Beacons National Park is a beautiful part of Wales, and there are masses of ways to explore it. It’s easy to plan your own day trips in our Park, lasting anything from a couple of hours to a full day. Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your time to the full.