What to do with your dog in the Brecon Beacons

“The woods and valleys of the region thrum with a living past. In this stunning landscape haunted castles, bottomless lakes and strange follies hold echoes of massacres, ghosts and miracles. “

www.breconbeacons.org

The Brecon Beacons is a National Park in Wales. Spanning 518.9 sq miles, the Park boast fantastic walks, ancient castles, pretty towns, nature and some beautiful waterfalls. The National Park is full of stories to keep the history buffs (or more folklore and myth lovers) entertained, such as the lady of the lake and the supposed resting place of King Arthur!

Before visiting you should read the Brecon Beacon dog code to ensure the safety of your dog and others.

Our trip

Both of our trips to the Brecon Beacons have involved climbing Pen Y Fan. As you can see by the below photos, the weather in Wales is as unreliable as in England and Scotland!

Pen Y Fan is a 886M high hill, it was declassified as a mountain when they changed the height requirements. It is the highest point in Wales and offers spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons. There are a number of different routes to the top (research before you go, I recommend the National Trust route) and they all require a good level of fitness. It’s a steep and sometimes very windy climb.

As you know, I’m a whimp when it comes to heights. There was one point on the journey up that I climbed up on all fours to stop the wind blowing me off. My pooch, however, had no problems at all and we have since determined that there is mountain goat blood in her veins! And the many children that surrounded me were also fine (see here for family-friendly guidance). I am just a whimp.

On both occasions we climbed Pen Y Fan in the morning. Parking at the Pont ar Daf car park where you can fill up on hot drinks and freshly made welsh cakes. The climb took us about 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down, plus about half an hour at the top taking in the views and queuing for a picture with the marker stone (you’ll want evidence that you did it!). Afterwards, we treated ourselves to some seriously good lunch at Laura’s Diner on the way home.

Things to do and places to see in the Brecon Beacons

As mentioned above, the reason for both our trips was to climb Pen Y Fan (something I recommend doing), but there’s so much more that you can do with your pooch in the National Park. For example, with your pooch you can visit:

  1. one of the many castles
  2. the (pet friendly!) underground show caves
  3. stunning waterfalls
  4. one of the pretty villages and towns (we stayed near hay-on-wye which was very pretty)

Dog-friendly accommodation in the Brecon Beacons

Every year my family spends a weekend together in a new place. While in the Brecon Beacons we stayed in a gorgeous House in the Hills in Hay-on-wye, which was actually one house and a separate converted barn. The converted barn had a lovely open kitchen where our family cooked and spent time together. My favourite part was the stunning roll top bath – much needed after a climb. I can wax lyrical about this property, but I’ll spare you. Check it out the pictures for yourself here.

Below are some pictures from in and around the property. Lots to explore.

Other useful sources

These sites helped me plan our trip, I hope that you’ll find them useful too:

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8 comments

    1. Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. The British countryside has a unique beauty I feel. Although I love looking at posts from around the world. I will definitely take the time to read your blog. It’s an amazing thing to do for families. I have a quick question – how many families have you helped?

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      1. I have done this 3 times and am currently trying for a 4th! But just two families. I had two little girls for a family in Chicago and. I found a new couple in Florida I had a baby for 2 years ago and we actually just transferred a baby yesterday into my uterus so hopefully he sticks around. ❤️

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