Visit Talgarth: Places to stay, things to do

Abigail Whyte knows of a little Welsh market town where hiking, horse riding, gliding and intriguing legends are all within easy reach

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This little market town is a joy to wander around for its pretty stone streets, cosy cafes and pubs serving Welsh nosh, and glorious views of the Brecon Beacons from wherever you choose to stand and gaze about. It’s a fantastic base for hikers needing a rest stop and a bite to eat, and a magnet for those just wanting a bit of tranquility, with nothing to hear but the wind sweeping over the nearby hills.

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If you’re tempted to give your hiking feet a rest, you can always let a horse do the work with nearby Tregoyd Mountain Riding centre. They are open all year and provide pony trekking on stunning mountain trails and bed and breakfast, if one day isn’t enough. To get a whole new vantage point of the beacons, take to the skies in a glider with the Black Mountains Gliding Club. The spectacular scenery from above will get your heart racing, and you’ll want to do it again and again.

Talgarth’s beautiful Pwll-yr-Wrach nature reserve and waterfalls should bring you back down to earth – look out for tawny owls, badgers, and perhaps an otter as you follow the geology trail. Llangorse lake is just a short drive away, as is the equally beautiful market town of Crickhowell, famed for its 12th century castle.

Where to eat

The Castle Inn is a sight-for-sore-eyes after tackling the beacons’ largest peak Waun Fach on a wet day. Their roaring fire, drying room, real ales, friendly landlord and home-cooked food will get you feeling human again.

Where to stay

Trefecca Farm B&B is a five-minute walk from Talgarth, and a stone’s throw from way-marked trails leading into the beacons.

Tell us a local secret

Legend has it that St Gwendoline, daughter of King Brychan, bathed in the pool of Pwll-yr-Wrach waterfall.

Did you know..?

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Just a mile or so from the town, a small bone flute was discovered – the first musical instrument in the British Isles.