"There is a great little independent adventure shop, with branches in Crickhowell and Brecon, called Crickhowell Adventure Gear. Perfect for stocking up on local maps, waterproofs and Kendall mint cake!"
"Gateway Cycles in Abergavenny have a great range of serious mountain bikes, they also do bike repairs should you have a breakdown on your hols."
"The River Wye has several canoe centres along it, hire a canoe for anything from an hour to a day, with some offering overnight camping options too."
The Great Outdoors
Learn Something New
Kates Country School is a great way to learn about farming and the ways of the country, from Wildlife Identification Skills, to Sheep Shearing and Cider Making, there is something for everyone!
In the Saddle
Mountain Biking in the Brecon Beacons : this site has heaps of inspiration on where to cycle in the Breocn Beacons, perfect for planning a route.
A few great local cycle routes We haven't tried these ones ourselves yet, so let us know how you get on!
Bikes & Hikes have depots in Brecon town centre, the Canal Basin and Talybont, perfect for quick bike hire as well as guided mountain biking. They also do servicing and repairs as well as sell maps and kit. 01874 610071 bikesandhikes.co.uk
There are lots of incredible trails throughout the Brecon Beacons to explore. Drover Holidays in Hay on Wye will deliver bikes throughout the Sugar & Loaf Brecon Beacons collection www.droverholidays.co.uk or call 01497 821134.
Wonderful Welsh Walks
Sugar Loaf Mountain. First by car, take the A40 from Crickhowell to Abergavenny, turn left at the sign for the Sugar Loaf vineyards, go past the vineyard and up the very steep hill to the car park at the end of the road (Mynydd Llanwenarth). Then on foot: follow the track up the hill, it is not too steep apart from very near the top. You will be rewarded by 360 degree views of the Black Mountains, the Usk Valley and Herefordshire.
The Blorenge - This is a great quick winter walk or an evening stroll rewarded with panoramic views of Abergavenny and the Black Mountains. From the A465 south of Abergavenny, take the road signed to Llanfoist, turn onto the B4246, after 4 miles take the minor road to car park opposite wireless mast. From the car park follow the path until the trig point, continue on north easterly for half a mile until scarp edge, follow path to the right for three quarters of a mile until it hits a minor track then follow back up to car.
The Three Peaks: Please use a map if you do this walk as hill mist can descend very quickly. Start in Crickhowell, up Table Mountain, descend to the Grwyne Fechan via the Beacons Way, across the valley, up Crug Mawr and then down into Grywne Fawr. Accend Sugar Loaf via Fforest then back down into Llangenny and back down into Crickhowell for a well earned hot chocolate!
Guided Mountain Running: We highly recommend it, if you love the idea of being out in the hills and want some reassurance regarding the routes and terrain then this is for you.
A Spot of Pony Trekking
ABERGAVENNY: Triley Fields Equestrian is 3 miles from Abergavenny on A465 towards Hereford – www.trifec.com A Pony Club accredited centre, there are courses every school holiday for children to learn one end of a pony from the other, as well as lessons for beginners through to experienced riders.
LLANTHONY VALLEY: Great for a day or half day pony trek in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park. www.llanthony.co.uk
HAY ON WYE/BRECON : Tregoyd Riding Centre is a great spot to Pony Trek from if you're staying at one of our Hay on Wye cottages, or near Brecon. www.tregoydriding.co.uk