Last month I was lucky enough to spend a day exploring my ‘back yard’ with Real Wales Tours.
I say backyard in the loosest possible sense as I have for the majority of my life lived in London. I do however classify myself as welsh and have spent many a holiday at our second home in the Brecon Beacons.
Anyway..back on track:
ABOUT THE TOURS
For the adventurer within with a love of dramatic skies, rolling mountains and pretty much all things countryside. Most tours involve a fair amount of walking so a basic level of fitness is required. ( realistically if I can manage …and I always have some kind of leg, foot, pelvic, hip problem if I walk for more than 100m.. you can too)
Tours are deliberately made small to aid with information and quality offering a more bespoke and unique experience for those on board. Personalised tours are also available at request.- Which brings me to my experience.
With Autumn in full swing I sat on my Nan’s front lawn at 8.30am waiting to be picked up to start my own adventure.
It was previously discussed over email that I had a bit of a thing for waterfalls and mountains in general, so that would be the main focus.
On time as promised, Nia- my tour leader, driver and company creator arrived to take me to my first stop.
Lyn y Fan Fach.
This part of the tour probably contained the bulk of the walking, but the swirling mist and lush greenery was well worth the gentle hike.
Next up after a beautiful but glorious Autumn drive we stopped up for an included lunch, which we took on the road with us so we could get to our first waterfall in ample time.
Henrhyd Falls is the tallest waterfall in South Wales and if your’e in to a couple fun facts:
- you can walk behind it
- It was used in the final scene of The Dark Knight Rises.
Surely that would be enough reasons to visit?
Continuing on with the waterfall theme we headed next to Sgwd Dwli, Horseshoe Falls and Sgwd Gwladus. A set of four major waterfalls ( hence Waterfall country)
Falls all looking absolutely lovely with the Autumn oranges and reds. – Absolutely awesome for photo taken.
Again the walk along this trail was far from difficult, just on this occasion a little muddy.
[For the majority of the walking on this tour I would probably recommend a walking boot. Or a shoe which gives you a fair amount of support.]
On our way back into town we were lucky enough to reach Maen Llia standing stone by my favourite part of the day – Golden Hour. Making everything look 10x more attractive – not that the Brecon Beacons really needed any extra help..
Standing Stones date back to 4000BC and are presumed to have been used for ceremonial/ religious purposes.
After observing the stone and wild ponies in the distance we headed to our last stop for the day – The wonderful view point looking over Heol Senni. Sun in full orange beam casting an array of moving shadows across the landscape.
I had a wonderful day!
I was totally amazed to discover what lay just around the corner to where I have been visiting for 25 years. Then again, it’s not hard to be impressed by the beauty that is The Brecon Beacons national park.
The whole day was structured really well to my needs, requirements and what I actually wanted to see.
Nia was an amazing tour guide/ driver/ human being and definitely made the tour by adding in facts, stories and wonderful bits of information.
Hoping that I will be able to complete another adventure with Real Wales Tours soon.
Thanks to REAL WALES TOURS for hosting me on this fantastic day trip.
All opinions are my own.
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