Miles of open moorland, lush green valleys, hidden waterfalls, fern-filled gorges, four spectacular mountain ranges including climbing the ultimate Pen y Fan, it really is a dog walkers paradise. What more could you ask for? Well it keeps coming because Brecon was one of the most dog friendly places I have visited, lots of shops and cafes even having their own dog already in the venue.
We started our weekend by climbing Pen y Fan, which is the highest peak in south Wales at 886 metres above sea-level. Its not for the faint hearted but you don’t have to go all the way to the top. Plenty of people were walking short distances up if you do get to the summit make sure you take a picture on Jacobs Ladder signalling the last push to the top! There were plenty of dogs out walking, you will find sheep and horses on the climb so make sure if your dogs are off the lead they are completely stock proof and all dogs should be kept on leads during lambing season or when ewes have very small lambs at foot. We recommend climbing with the dog in a well fitted Harness for safety, we love the fit of the Modern Icon Patrol Harness for days like these comfortable and completely reliable.
What you will find at the top:
After our climb we definitely needed a coffee so I put Max’s Ruff and Tumble drying coat on to make sure he was warm to stop his muscles from stiffening up and to dry him off to save the car from “dog water shake off”.
We headed off fully expecting one of us to go and buy some take away coffees and find a wall to sit on but the Coffee Box off Lion Street was more than welcoming to any dog. We took his coat off laid it on the floor and he had a make shift bed to lie and sleep on while we indulged in very good coffee and cake.
For our evening meal we went to The Bank Bar and Grill it was a Saturday night and we had great food, large portions and there was a good atmosphere, which included everybody’s dogs! The staff were more than accommodating to the dogs who got their own bowl of water and biscuits to the table, dog beer was offered!! They even wrapped up left over meat for the dogs to “take out” as we left about 9.30pm there were door staff on the doors and apparently the place is a lively place to be on a Saturday night in Brecon with live music and a late license.
They even offer this:
There are many places to stay in and around Brecon which accommodate dogs - two places we found were:
Borderers Guest House - 47 Watton, Brecon, LD3 7EG
Vale Farm Cottages Vale Farm Lower Chapel,, Brecon, LD3 9RE
Somewhere which doesn’t allow the dogs in is Nant Du Lodge Hotel and Spa but its well worth a visit to get a massage for tired muscles and a loosen off in the indoor pool and hot tub. The food was also good with very accommodating staff.
So if you fancy a nice weekend away with the dog visit Brecon you really wont be disappointed and they will get to join in the whole weekend with you. It could just rain a bit!