Danyfan is Welsh for ‘bottom of the mountain’, and Penyfan, Southern Britain’s highest peak, means ‘top of the mountain’. From Danyfan you can walk up to Penyfan and its neighbouring peaks Cribyn and Fan-y-Big in a day. There are numerous other shorter walks that you can do from the door.
We’re both keen cyclists and have explored mountain and road bike routes from Danyfan. Let us know if you’d like any advice on what route to do. We’re a few hundred yards from the Taff Trail so an ideal place to explore the route. We have a drying room to dry off your kit.
In the run up to the 2014 Tour of Britain, a group of cycling journalists and pro rider Dean Downing used Danyfan as a base to explore the area and try out part of stage 3 which passed close by and finished with a climb of the Tumble above Abergavenny. Check out the video they shot.
Aside from biking and walking, there are hundreds of local activities for children. We also have games such as outdoor badminton, croquet, boules, scrabble and cards. A mile down the road is Cantref Adventure Farm, which has a riding stables, petting farm and Europe’s longest sledge ride. On the outskirts of Brecon is the fabulous Play Barn at Brynich. Further afield is The Red Kite Feeding Centre, near to Trecastle and the spectacular National Showcaves at Dan yr Ogof is about 30-40 minutes away.
Brecon is famous for the Cathedral, castle and its Jazz festival in August. It also has a range of coffee shops and antique shops to browse.
Hay on Wye, Llandovery, Llandeilo, Abergavenny and Crickhowell
Hay, the book town, is half an hour away and is worth the trip to sample the books, antiques, cafes and boutiques. Llandeilo, which is about half an hour west of Danyfan, is a lovely little town with loads of antique shops and boutiques. You could combine a trip to Llandovery and Llandeilo with a visit to Aberglasney Gardens .
Things to do in the evening
There are plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby. We love The Griffin at Felin Fach, The Gurkha Corner in Brecon, Cat Soup Corner in Brecon, The Star at Talybont, The Three Horse Shoes in Groessfordd and the Red Lion at Pencelli.
The Brecon Theatre – Theatr Brycheiniog – which is Wales’ first solar powered theatre and has a great programme of events and a nice restaurant next door – the Tipple ‘n’ Tiffin.
The Globe at Hay has some fantastic events, including their open mic sessions on a Tuesday night, and the weekly free children’s secret screening on a Sunday at 11am. Have a look at their programme of events and check with us first if you want to book as we do have some complimentary tickets.