Climb Pen y Fan
Stand on the roof of southern Britain, hand in hand, and you’ll feel on top of the world. There are several routes to the marker at the top of Pen y Fan, 886m up. The best known path is so gentle that anyone can mooch along it, but there’s also a horseshoe ridge walk via two other nearby peaks and steep tracks to really get your hearts racing.
Visit Carreg Cennen Castle
Seen from a distance, Carreg Cennen has a stunning silhouette, perched high on a crag in the rolling Carmarthenshire countryside. Many an artist has sketched, painted or photographed it – not least JMW Turner, whose watercolours now reside in Tate Britain. Climb up to the ancient castle walls and you’re sure to feel inspired.
Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Peaceful and rural, with a flavour of times gone by, the Mon & Brec is a wildlife haven that’s often voted Britain’s prettiest canal. It’s easy to hire a narrowboat or small motorboat and there are even electric boats, for quiet, eco-friendly cruising. Alternatively, settle back while someone else mans the tiller on a relaxing cruise from Brecon Basin to Brynich Lock.
Lunch in a country pub
After a morning exploring, a decent pub lunch should set you up for the afternoon. The Royal Oak in Pencelli is a family-run, cosy country pub, with gardens backing onto the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. You can expect a warm welcome, locally sourced home-cooked food and a toasty log burner roaring away on cold days. Or there's the Felin Fach Griffin, an elegant country gastropub near Brecon has been showered with awards. Sunday lunch is a real occasion, with live music once a month.
Enjoy a picnic at Llangorse Lake
Llangorse is the largest natural lake in the southern half of Wales, with grassy banks, dreamy views and a poignant sense of history. Its crannog, a small island near the water’s edge, was once the site of a 10th century palace. The Crannog Centre explains how it was built and who lived there, and reveals some of its legends.
Explore the Fforest Fawr Geopark
Ride the Brecon Mountain Railway
If the thought of a brightly polished steam locomotive chuffing through the Welsh countryside warms your heart, jump aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway. It runs from Pant near Merthyr Tydfil to Torpantau, high in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons), with panoramic views of the peaks and the Pontsticill Reservoir on the way.
Spend an afternoon in Hay-on-Wye
For character and nostalgia, this quirky market town is pretty hard to beat. Browse the poetry shelves of Hay’s many bookshops for a special way to say 'I love you', dip into homeware boutiques for craft items and vintage finds to line your nest, then gaze lovingly at each other over locally made ice cream or cake in a cute little café.
Dine out in Abergavenny
There are billions of reasons to hope for clear skies during your time in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons), and they’re all twinkling overhead. In 2013, the National Park became the first place in Wales – and only the fifth in the world – to be granted special protection as a Dark Sky Reserve. The views of the stars are superb. Don’t forget to make a wish.