Walk this Wye in Mid-Wales
13 Jan 2015
- From local fare to literature and heritage, discover the Mid Welsh countryside from Llangoed Hall
- Award winning hotel and restaurant showcase the finest Welsh hospitality and cuisine
- Walk by the River Wye, the UK’s fifth longest river close to Llangoed Hall
Llangoed Hall in the lush Wye Valley, mid-Wales is a Jacobean country house hotel once home to the Ashley family (Laura Ashley) set in 17 acres of landscaped grounds. Charming rooms with elegant décor are full of iconic fabrics and style reflecting the designer’s legacy. Breathtaking views look across the surrounding woodlands and fields to the Black Mountains.
This is an indulgent country house experience – receiving both three AA Rosettes in 2014 for Culinary Excellence and AA Hotel of the Year 2013-2014, Llangoed offers guests hearty local fare by head chef Nick Brodie. Last year three egg houses, including a Chicken, Duck and Quail house, were created at Llangoed Hall surrounded by several Kitchen Gardens.
Llangoed Hall occupies a prime location, set amongst some of Wales’ most gorgeous countryside, close to the Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye, famous for its annual literary festival. The Wye Valley was officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971. Use Llangoed as a base and discover the surrounding countryside and places of interest. Driving here offers dramatic landscapes unique to Wales with plenty of must-see stop off points along the way. Llangoed Hall can help guests plot their route, from point to point.
From locally-produced food to stunning scenery, a short break will reveal the heritage and history of the region rewarding visitors with attractions including some of Europe’s finest surviving medieval castles.
Set between south and mid-Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park dominates the skyline with its six distinctive mountain peaks. Picturesque Abergavenny, in the south eastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park, near the English border, is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Black Mountains and a 45 minute drive from Llangoed Hall. Its annual Food Festival each September makes the town a Mecca for foodies, this along with its regular market, gastro pubs, inns and restaurants are easy to find in the surrounding countryside. The castle, now mainly ruins, is to the south of the town centre and overlooks meadows fringing the River Usk and many others including the impressive Raglan and Skenfrith lie within easy reach.
Set on the river of the same name, famed for its salmon fishing, Usk is barely ten miles from the M4 yet takes visitors back in time with its 11th century castle and selection of small independent shops, tearooms and pubs. Each June green-fingered locals open up their gardens to the public with the proceeds donated to charity.
With a lovely setting on the banks of the Wye Valley, dating back to the 12th century, Tintern Abbey is one of the finest and most complete abbey churches in Wales. It’s shell remains, the Gothic arches jutting into the skyline and it’s easy to see why Romantics such as JMW Turner and William Wordsworth rediscovered it during the 18th century, finding inspiration in its soaring archways and detail.
The literary market town of Hay-on-Wye, is famous as the town of books and for hosting the world famous Hay Festival of Literature & Arts from May 21 – 31 2015 (hayfestival.com). Fringed by the river Wye, the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and the lush land of Herefordshire, the area surrounding Hay also offers fantastic routes for keen walkers, with two national trails – the Offa’s Dyke path, which follows the English/Welsh border and the Wye Valley trail passing through the town. Hay also has its own castle part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian, which towers over the town’s narrow streets. Once owned by Richard Booth, the man behind the famous bookshop, which gave the town its world-famous literary reputation, it is now to be restored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Wye Valley trails
Offering something for every level of fitness, the Wye Valley Heritage Walks range from three to six miles long with a particular focus on history and heritage; Tread and Trot trails are designed for walkers, mountain bikers and horses, covering from five to 14 miles, to explore the Monmouthshire countryside. Available on an app for iPhone and Android.
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal winds its way through the idyllic scenery for 31 miles. Boating companies line the way with boats for hire or else walk or cycle the towpath at your own pace.
With such a wealth of history and natural beauty on Llangoed Hall’s doorstep, guests can discover this scenic corner of Wales before returning to the hotel for its special brand of comfort and luxury.
Let Llangoed be your guide. to the heart of Wales over a short break in 2015.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP 01874 754525 Twitter@ TheLlangoedHall
A night at Llangoed Hall is priced from £175.00 B&B based on two sharing