The dramatic landscape of the Welsh Borders encompasses the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, and is of sweeping views and of rugged escarpments, mountains and untamed moorland. See panoramas that stretch into the distance and take your breath away.
There are three circular tours to discover and enjoy: the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Elan Valley, and the Wye Valley’s stunning beauty and chequered history between the ancient clans and Kings. Your hotel for the tour is a stunning and elegant country house hotel in beautiful grounds.
The Wye Valley is hailed as the most romantic valley in Wales. Ancient woodlands on the valley sides have created a haven for wildlife, with varied species of trees, wildflowers and birds. Visit Tintern Abbey, the romantic 13th-century ruins that inspired Wordsworth and Turner. Explore Monmouth, famous as the birthplace of Henry V, who won the battle of Agincourt. A few miles to the southwest is Raglan Castle, with a hexagonal moated keep. On the other side of Monmouth is the Forest of Dean, a 40-sq-mile (105-sq-km) former royal hunting ground criss-crossed by trails. The Borders’ most famed destination is Hay-on-Wye. Its many book shops have helped make it the biggest second-hand book centre in the world.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is home to traditional Welsh market towns, stunning landscapes, waterfalls, mountains, caves, castles and wildlife. The park is to the west of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley and its majestic peaks can be seen from all around, especially the iconic Sugar Loaf dominating the skyline.
Highlights of the Welsh Borders & Brecons
- Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Discover the beautiful Wye Valley
- Wander around the ruins of the extraordinary Tintern Abbey
- See the magnificent Raglan Castle
- Stroll around Hay-on-Wye, the ‘town of books’
- Drive across the Abergwesyn Pass and up the Devil’s Staircase
- See the unusual Devil’s Bridge
- Enjoy some spirited driving along the Elan Valley