Black Mountains near Talgarth (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leshaines123/6785429814/)

Black Mountains near Talgarth

Talgarth, a small South Powys market town in the Brecon Beacons, is just at the North West of the Black Mountains. Sitting on the A479 close to a network of the other roads, scenic Talgarth is near to Brecon, Hay-on-Wye and Crickhowell.

What's Talgarth like?

Talgarth’s name “end of the hills” does indeed refer to its position at the end of the Black Mountains. Its thirteenth century bridge crosses the Ennig stream (one of two - the other’s the Ellwye, and they both meet in the River Wye). The town is delightfully crammed full of nineteenth century buildings on its narrow streets, and the Victorian Town Hall predominates in the town square.

Melin Talgarth Mill

This working mill, water-powered by the River Ellywe is now working, restored from its eighteenth century origins, offering tours, bakery, cafe and even baking classes.

Festivals

The Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains is held annually in August - and most of the events are free. Its website calls it “A true celebration of food, farming, music and the countryside”.

Talgarth held its first walking festival in 2013, and hopes to continue this as an annual tradition with walks for all abilities, some including foraging, wildlife spotting, gardening or even local geology.

Their webpage can be found here:

Talgarth Gliding Club (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_salter/2670506555/)

Talgarth Gliding Club

Active holidays!

Talgarth is also known as a “Walkers are Welcome” town – because it offers something special to walkers. But cyclists, climbers and horse riders don’t lose out. Talgarth offers an outdoor climbing wall and many other activities throughout the area – canoeing on the River Wye, a gliding club and much more.

And for those visitors whose holiday isn’t complete without a woodland walk or a visit to a nature reserve, the Pwll-y-Wrach reserve and waterfalls are a Site of Special Scientific Interest with geology trail and wildlife spotting opportunities.

Castell Dinas (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnhargreaves/4957371660/)

Castell Dinas

Historic buildings/ruins

Bronllys castle, a border fortress, still sports a Norman keep but when built it was protected by a walled tower ring - and the medievel Castell Dinas (castle and hillfort) looks a little like a standing stone! These are just a couple of examples of buildings/ruins to visit. St Gwendolines, a fifteenth century church in Talgarth is linked to the growth of Welsh Methodism – its founder, Howell Harris has a memorial in its churchyard. There’s also a heritage centre at Talgarth’s Cathedral, which was initially a Benedictine Priory but which now sports a herb garden and lots of artefacts – bells, a cathedral model, and so on.

How to get to Talgarth

Talgarth sits directly on the A479, near to the A40 and the England/Wales border. The nearest motorway link is Eastwards – the M50 at Ross on Wye.

Where to stay in Talgarth

Do feel free to browse our accommodation listings covering the Talgarth area. Mainly traditional holiday cottages, hotels, inns and guest houses, we offer everything from facilities for a romantic get away to a pet-friendly or family-friendly holiday. Why not stay with us and tour the Brecon Beacons or the border country soon?

Accommodation in Talgarth

  • BRECON   (4.6 miles from the centre of Talgarth)
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    Willow Cottage is a beautiful newly finished barn conversion with exposed stone walls and wonderful character beams throughout.  A great place for the family to escape to, or fo...
     
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  • Brecon   (1.5 miles from the centre of Talgarth)
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    This is a great place to stay to be able to sit in this attractive bungalow or out on the stone patio and just admire the glorious panoramic views across the water meadows to th...
     
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  • Brecon   (0.1 miles from the centre of Talgarth)
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    Dating back 300 years, Old Radnor Barn is the perfect location for a relaxing family holiday, with a flexible menu, pick up/ drop off and childminding service available.
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