This National Park is a great opportunity to explore for many species of birds, especially Raptors and summer visitors. Enjoy walking and seeing many birds with us in this wonderful area, and all part of our Brecon Series.
Two night stay – Day 1: We explore the Talybont on Usk area, beginning with a walk along the Brinore Tram Road and the Henry Vaughn Walk. Walk through forestry, open country, down through a stunning Oak wood valley and along a section of canal. These habitats make for a great variety of birds such as Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, Crossbill, Siskin, Redpoll, Stonechat, Wheatear, Linnet and much more. During the afternoon we take a pleasant stroll alongside a river and through open fields, where we will see different bird species. We stay overnight in the local public house where a nice meal and drinks can be had over a chat about the day and the next.
Day 2 takes us to Aberedw where we visit three sites, starting with a walk over moorland with birds including raptors, Curlew, Wheatear, Warblers, Cuckoo, Linnet, Stonechat, Skylark and more. There is also a breeding colony of Black- headed Gulls too. Fossils can be found in the sandstone deposits which include Trilobites. After lunch we visit a nearby lake which we view from a bird hide tucked away in woodland where a variety of ducks, geese, gulls, wagtails and Kingfisher can be seen.
For the afternoon, we visit a stunning river with Dipper, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher likely. Brown Trout, Bullheads and Crayfish can be found too. We stay overnight in the village pub where the breakfasts are legendary. There is the added option the following morning for a walk to Llewellyn’s Cave, where it is alleged Llewellyn ap Bren was found hiding by the English forces.
Llanbedr and Table Mountain.
This is an energetic walk along a country lane to a disused Hermitage. From here we follow a drover’s track up onto the mountain ridge, stopping off en-route to look at a Dippers nest and Butterwort plants. We follow the ridge for some time keeping an eye out for Skylark, Red Grouse, Red Kite, Buzzard, Peregrine, Wheatears and more. We descend onto Table Mountain before dropping back into the village of Llanbedr where a very nice country pub awaits us.
Here we follow a mountain stream with cascading waterfalls, looking for Pipits, Wagtails, Ring Ouzel and Dippers, before reaching the ridge with commanding views over the Beacons. Along the ridge we look for Kestrel and Peregrine before descending down onto lower ground where we scan the forestry plantation for Crossbill and Siskin.
Pen y Fan.
Enjoy a walk to the top of the highest mountain in South Wales at 1,650ft above sea level. Red Kites are a speciality on this walk, along with Raven, Skylark, Linnet and others. Enjoy views from the top over the mountains, see a Roman road and learn their history in the area and enjoy the amazing geological features on offer.
Walk a section of the canal from Talybont to the Brecon Viaduct. Relaxing scenery, plenty of birds, mature trees and a variety of Plants and Fungi make for a memorable walk.
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