Staying in three traditional market towns, this hotel-to-hotel walking holiday follows the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal – regularly voted the UK's prettiest – into the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our self-guided routes also take you up high for far-reaching views, including from Pen-y-Fan, southern Britain’s tallest peak.
Many visitors to the Brecon Beacons National Park are content to stay close to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal – and with good reason. As this tranquil waterway progresses north through the Usk Valley, it reveals some of Wales’s most beautiful scenery: from peaceful wooded vales and fields speckled with sheep to the looming peaks of the Black Mountains and the open moorland, fern-filled gorges and dramatic heights of the Brecon Beacons. The landscapes change with each season, with daffodils lighting the countryside in spring, and the autumn months staging a spectacular colour display. From the towpath, you are also treated to glimpses of the area’s abundant birdlife, and of its fascinating industrial heritage.
In addition to exploring this glorious canal, our varied walking holiday takes you into the hills and mountains beyond, where you will find both satisfying routes and superb, far-reaching vistas. A particular highlight is the opportunity to climb Pen-y-Fan – the highest point in southern Britain – but lower peaks such as Little Skirrid and Table Mountain also offer extensive panoramic views.
Another key feature of this holiday is the charming, market-town accommodation. You stay in three fine towns – foodie Abergavenny, picturesque Crickhowell and cultured Brecon – in each, at a centrally located hotel or guesthouse hand-picked for its high quality and warm welcome.