Walking and Fell Running - The Brecon Beacons National Park is internationally recognised as a fantastic spot for walking. Pen y Fan, Wales' 4th highest peak, sits at the centre of the park. The Central Beacons area is also home to the photogenic and easily recognised Corn Ddu, Cribyn and Fan y Big which together make up the famous Beacons Horseshoe, and a circular route of these peaks will surely feature in every walker's 'to do' list. But there's more to the Park than just the famous summits, and Ed's years of fell-running in the area mean that he will be able to offer detailed route advice to make the most of the quiet, hidden valleys and seldom-trodden heights that make up the less well-known areas of the National Park, and the Black Mountains region in particular. In addition, we have the Wye Valley Walk, Offa's Dyke Path and Beacons Way all within easy reach for those looking for routes that are renowned for their stunning scenery and beautiful, varied terrain.
Cycling - Both Old Great Marlborough and Lower House Farm are ideally placed for the mountain biker and roadie alike. For off-road adventures, the high mountain trails of the Black Mountains can be enjoyed from the farm gate at Lower House Farm, and a short spin away from Old Great Marlborough. The Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and the Bike Park Wales and Cwmcarn centres are within an hour's drive, offering perfect purpose-made single track and incredible views. For road cyclists, there is something for all abilities. The Gospel Pass climb between the Vale of Ewyas and Hay-on-Wye will have even the fittest panting for breath, as will the infamous Tumble, climbing from Abergavenny to Blaenavon and the setting for the end of Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour of Britain. But it's not all calf-burning climbs and big days out. There are plenty of pleasant back lanes with fantastic views for gentle family rides on a summer's day, the Monmouth-Brecon canal route as well as Sustrans routes 8 and 42 are within reach. Ed is on hand to offer route advice, as well as full of suggestions for the best watering holes en-route. We can also arrange bike hire with 'pick up and drop off', as well as guiding through an excellent local company, please contact us for more information.
Climbing and Caving - For rock climbers, the Wye Valley offers some classic pitches. From the open, multi-pitch face climbs of Wintour's Leap to the esoteric delights of Symond's Yat, there is plenty to keep both the traditional and sport climber happy, as well as some excellent bouldering at Huntsham. The limestone geology of the Brecon Beacons means that it is home to some excellent caving for those that fancy a trip underground. Again, Ed is very happy to provide suggestions based on your group and ability range.
Canoeing - the River Wye offers scenic canoeing and kayaking, and we are 20 minutes away from one of the most popular points to join the river at Hay on Wye. Symonds Yat is also renowned for it's canoeing and kayaking, and is popular both with beginners and experts due to the variety of river conditions found on that stretch. We can work with our guests to arrange a bespoke canoeing adventure to suit all abilities, please contact us for more information.
Fishing - we have several stretches of fishing available in the area, on the Wye, the Usk and the Arrow. Guests at Lower House Farm also have on-site access to the Olchon River, where they are very welcome to try their luck on the local trout and grayling! Please contact us for more information if you are interested in fishing.
History, Literature and Leisure - Hay on Wye is world famous as a literary hotspot. Home to dozens of bookshop and the hugely popular Hay Festival, it is the destination for the avid reader. In addition, Hereford Cathedral houses both the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library, both fascinating examples of medieval literature and an insight into how the world was mapped and documented hundreds of years ago. Hereford is also a top-spot for boutique shopping, with Church Street and the independent shops surrounding the Cathedral Close a big draw. Meanwhile, Abergavenny hosts an internationally renowned food festival in September, which is well worth planning a gastronomic weekend around! We are also blessed with beautiful Castle ruins in both of our locations - Grosmont for OGM guests and Longtown for those staying at Lower House Farm.