Little Hare Barns rests on the slopes of the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, approximately 3 kilometres from the trig point of 596 metres, along a path walked by the farm's hill ewes who graze the Sugar Loaf. Hall Farm's hill gate is your gateway to the mountain.
East of Sugar Loaf is Abergavenny, one of Brecon Beacons National Park market town. To the west Crickhowell overlooked by the Table Mountain and Pencerrig Calch. Along the A479 are Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. Talgarth has a renewed water-mill with bakery, and Hay is the book town of Wales and a town that still holds regular farm stock auctions.
Brecon, Llandovery and Carmarthen are reached using the A40. The road to Cardiff, Merthyr, Libanus, and Storey Arms is the A470. The iconic peaks of Corndu, Penyfan and Cribyn lie west of Brecon, rising from the round interior basin of Talybont.
Big Pit Mining Museum, 6 miles away, Blaenafon, Pontypool NP4 9XP Telephone 0300 111 2333
Big Pit is a mining museum featuring buildings and cottages which serviced the mines,the pit head baths, and the experience of walking through a deep mine, a geology report of coal, the underground stables, a narrow gauge railway. It can take 45mins to wait as small groups are taken down by miner-guides.
Hacking, trekking and horse riding
Black Mountain Holidays Trail rides - riding lessons and more. Proprietor: Howard Crighton Castle Farm, Capel-y-Ffin, Abergavenny NP7 7NP • Telephone: 01873 890650 • Fax: 01497 821058
Cantref Riding & Trekking Centre - Treks into the Brecon Beacons and riding lessons for all abilities. Open all year. Cantref Brecon, Powys, LD3 8LR 01874-665223
Llangorse Riding Centre - off road trekking, riding and hacking for all abilities. Indoor climbing wall and abseiling onsite. Open all year. Penybryn House, Gilfach Farm, Llangorse, Brecon, Powys, 01874-658272 Fax 01874-658280
Anna Heywood of Drover Bikes, Hay-on-Wye, telephone 01497 821134 hires bikes and delivers with maps - provides a very good service. Also home now of the Ecotravelnetwork for hiring electric cars.
Brecon Cycle Centre - located in the town of Brecon and able to offer everything from bike hire and activity packages to sales and repairs. 9 Ship Street Brecon Powys LD3 9AF Tel/fax 01874 622651.
Bikes and Hikes - Biking, Hiking and a range of other outdoor activities. Keith and Arlene, The Elms, 10 The Struet, Brecon, Powys, UK, LD3 7LL. Phone/ Fax 01874 610071.
Eco car hire
Ecoravelnetwork to hire a Twizzy, the electric car to discover the Brecon Beacons www.ecotravelnetwork.co.uk or tel 01497 842935
Cradoc Golf Club - situated alongside the spectacularly beautiful scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Cradoc Golf Club, Penoyre Park, Cradoc, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9LP Tel: (01874) 623658. Fax: (01874) 611711
Wernddu Golf Club - An undulating parkland course with magnificent views over Abergavenny and the Black Mountains. A long front nine and shorter back nine provide a challenging round of golf for golfers of all standards. Driving range, 18 hole golf course and pitch and putt. Easy access, Old Ross Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 8NG Tel: 01873 856223. Fax: 01873 852177.
Day or week licenses and permits can be easily obtained from any local Post Office.
Big Well Fly Fishing - is a good day out, excellent hospitality and amazing location. About half an hour away by car. If tuition is required it is advisable to ring beforehand.
Ideas for young families
If the weather is wet, the youngsters will have great fun at two local play-barns, Brynich play-barn (tel. 01874 623840), and Cantref play barn (tel. 01874 665223).
Ideas for the more adventurous
Black Mountain Activities - Rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes course, gorge walking and white water rafting are just some of the activities here. Tel. 01497 847897.
Llangorse Rope Centre - a wonderful destination for using an indoor climbing centre, and the new addition to the activities “Sky Trek” is guaranteed to thrill you (tel. 01874 658272).
Castles, churches and other ancient monuments
Raglan Castle: Turrets and Dungeons to climb and hide, an ideal day out for a family, take a pic-nic and eat in the grounds. The remains of Raglan are quite spectacular, much of the castle remains, it has quite a view of the surrounding counrtyside.
Three Castles: White Castle, Skenfrith Castle and Grosmont Castle comprise the three castles, walk or cycle to explore, a vineyard open to the public is tucked away near White Castle.
There are many historic churches in the area including Llandetty, Partrishow, Capel y Ffyn, Cwmyoy, Abbeydore, St Mary's, Abergavenny and Kilpeck.
The ruins of Llantony and Tintern Abbeys are nearby. See the CADW website for more details.
Other places to visit
Sugar Loaf Vineyard Visit the Vineyard - Tour the Vines - Taste the Wines.
Brecon Monmouth Canal: Walking or cycling, from Cwmbran to Brecon.
Restaurants & eating out
- The Bear Hotel tel: 01873 810408
- The Gliffaes tel: 01874 730371
- The Dragons Head tel: 01873 810350
- Cripple Creek tel: 01291 690256
- The Llanwenarth tel: 01873 810550
- The Hardwick, tel: 01873 854220
- The Griffin, Felinfach, tel: 01874 620111
- Bell at Skenfrith tel: 01600 750235
- the Crown, Pantygelli, tel: 01873 853314
- The Walnut Tree, tel: 01873 852797
- The Crown at Whitebrook, tel:01600 860254
Groceries & food shopping
Crickhowell is a Fair Trade town with butchers selling Black Mountain beef and Glanusk Lamb, bakers, chemist, off licence, post office, walking outdoor clothes hire, late night groceries, fruit and vegetables, garage, two department stores and tourist information.
Abergavenny is a market town with 2 butchers, bakeries, delicatessen and many independent shops and an indoor/outdoor market.
Theatres and Cinemas
There are two local theatres:
that offer a varied programme of drama, comedy and music. Check their web sites for more details.
About an hour's drive away are the theatres in Cardiff:
We have two local cinemas, each with multiple screens and the latest Sony 4K digital projection technology.
Calendar of events
|30 November - 1 December||Winter Fair: Royal Welsh Showground|