Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

Brecon Beacons, Penstar Bunkhouse

Date(s) - 20/07/2018 - 22/07/2018
12:00 am

Penstar Bunkhouse

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Brecon Beacons National Park
The Brecon Beacons National Park is a beautiful area with dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife and a fascinating past. It is a landscape of contrasts with wild open moorland and hidden waterfalls, windswept mountains and sheltered valleys, bustling mountains and isolated farmsteads. In this rural area farming dominates the landscape and Welsh cultural traditions are strong. This agricultural landscape is rich in wildlife habitats with a wonderful variety of plans and animals both common and internationally rare. There is a powerful sense of history in the legacy of ancient monuments and buildings telling the story of the people who have lived and worked here during the last five thousand years.

The designation of the Brecon Beacons as a National Park in 1957 recognised the outstanding qualities of the landscape.

Penstar is ideally located to accommodate groups requiring a wide range of activities without having to travel too far each day. Pen-Y-Fan (886m) and Corn Du (873m) are the highest summits in the National Park and are directly accessible from Penstar.

Craig Cerrig-gleisiad National Nature Reserve is easily reached by following the Taff Trail and is a good example of Old Red Sandstone escarpment. There are glacial features such as moraines and scree.

Brecon is easily reached by car or on foot via the Taff trail.

About the Bunkhouse
The Penstar Bunkhouse was converted from an old barn during the summer of 1996 by the Powell family who have had the farm since 1918. On a working farm the site provides access directly to the Brecon Beacons and to Brecon via the Taff Trail, a recently established long distance walk route. The Bunkhouse is a self-catering facility.
Accommodation is for 20 people including facilities for those with disabilities in 2, 6, and 12 birth rooms. There is a drying room and fully equipped kitchen with ample living space and under floor heating.
Location & Directions
Only 35 miles north of Cardiff and the M4 motorway, Penstar is easily reached by road. The area is well served by public transport with daily express coaches to Cardiff, the Midlands and Yorkshire. The nearest railway station is at Merthyr Tydfil and a bus connects Brecon to this railway station.

From the centre of Brecon cross the main bridge over the River Usk and drive through Llanfaes. After passing the Esso garage, National Tyres and Brecon Car Sales, turn left immediately opposite the Drovers Arms public house. Drive down Ffwdgrech Road and under the Brecon bypass to a road junction just over a bridge. Follow the middle of the three lanes and continue ahead at the next junction where a road leads off to the left. The lane then descends through wooded area and over another bridge at Waterfalls Cottage. Continue for another mile and turn right at the next junction. At the following junction our farm lane is clearly signposted.

The Penstar Bunkhouse is just 3 miles south of Brecon.
Landranger map ref: 160 SO 008 254



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