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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?