Activities in and around Talybont
If you're staying at the Star or you've just popped in for a pint, there's plenty to do in the area - from full-on mountain hikes to gentle, family-friendly strolls and horse riding to canoeing, you won't be short of things to do!
The Talybont village website has lots of ideas of local walks, cycle rides, activities and accommodation: www.talybontonusk.com
Top 10 things to do
1. Go for a walk - along the canal or up Tor y Foel
The Monmouthshire & Brecon canal runs right past our pub garden and is ideal for an easy family-friendly stroll. If you're feeling more energetic, why not tackle our tempting local peak, 550-m high Tor y Foel (best route park by Talybont reservoir and walk up from there)? You'll see the best of the Beacons and the Black Mountains from the top on a clear day.
For more walks ideas see:
2. Get on your bike - try out the Taff Trail
The Taff Trail is a 55-m long trail that links Cardiff to Brecon via Merthyr Tydfil. There are many circular routes that link up with the linear route, including a loop from Merthyr and Pontsticill to Talybont Reservoir then back through Llanfrynach to Brecon.
For Taff Trail details see:
For more ride suggestions (including mountain biking routes) see:
For bike hire:
3. Mooch around in Brecon
In the Georgian market town of Brecon (about four miles from us) you'll find some great cafes and shops. Try the Tipple n Tiffin cafe at Theatr Brecheiniog for coffee or in town head for The Hours - a cafe in a bookshop on Ship Street. The market is always worth a look and Nicholls is great for gifts.
Find Theatr Brecheiniog at: www.brycheiniog.co.uk
Follow The Hours on Twitter: twitter.com/#!/thehoursbrecon
4. Head for Hay-on-Wye
Hay-on-Wye is now almost so well-known it needs no introduction. The annual Telegraph Hay Book Festival in May is the town's top event but all year round there is culture, crafts and great food, as well as books, books and more books. We recommend Shepherd's for ice cream, Hay Market every Thursday for local produce and bric-a-brac and The Globe for coffee for arty types.
5. Coffee in Crickhowell
Crickhowell is the smaller of our three local towns but it's a great place for coffee and cake (try The Courtroom cafe, above the mini marketplace on the high street) and it has a castle too! Kids will love exploring the ramparts. You'll find artists' studios, books, a bakery and a walking gear shop among others. Don't forget the town's annual walking festival with guided walks and events ins March.
6. Get active - go canoeing, sailing, climbing or horse riding...
Whether canoeing the River Usk or the Wye is your passion, or you love sailing (Llangorse Lake), horse riding or climbing, you'll be spoilt for choice in this area. Try the following to find out more:
Celtic Canoes, Glasbury, near Hay-on-Wye
Beacon Park Day Boats
More boat hire firms (including narrowboats)
Llangorse Lake (for sailing, rowing, waterskiing and fishing)
Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre, Llangorse (for climbing wall)
Cantref Riding Centre, Upper Cantref Farm, Brecon 01874 665223
Golden Castle Riding Centre, Ffawyddog, Crickhowell 01873 812649
Riverside Riding Centre, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell 01873 810328
Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre, Llangorse 0333 600 2020 (for horse riding)
7. Check out the Farmers' Market(s)
The regular farmers' markets in Brecon and Llanygnidr are great places to get a taste of fab local produce - including top quality Welsh lamb and other free range meat, local honey and jams, cheese and even locally-made pickles.
Brecon Farmers' Market, Market Hall, Brecon (second Saturday of month)
Llangynidr Farmers' Market (four miles away, last Sunday of month)
8. Visit Big Pit, Blaenavon, Tretower and Raglan Castle
Go for an underground tour of this former deep mine at Big Pit National Coal Museum:
Visit the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon Ironworks which played a key part in the Industrial Revolution
Discover 900 years of history at beautiful Tretower Court and Castle
Fantastic fortified castle with moat and great tower (great for picnics)
9. Hire an electric buggy - and see the area for free!
If you're staying at The Star and you want to get around in a fun, green (eco) way you can try the area's electric buggies - they're free to hire in exchange for your views on this novel form of transport. Arrange for your b-bug to be delivered to The Star, and charge it up here overnight. For more information see:
10. Go to a music festival
From classical to contemporary via jazz, we've got it covered!
Brecon Jazz - three days of world class jazz in August
Crickhowell classical music festival - for choral music with top class soloists
Green Man Festival - three days of family-friendly contemporary folk and indie-ish music