Brecon Beacons

The Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons in Britain are two stunning areas less than 20 miles from one another.  Each has its own distinct identity, and both are extremely popular tourist destinations – perfect for ladies embarking on an active girls weekend in the great outdoors.

The Wye Valley follows 58 meandering miles of the River Wye to form some spectacular limestone gorge landscapes and dense wooded backdrops.  There is a healthy abundance of wildlife, such as horseshoe bats, peregrine falcons, kingfishers and goshawks horseshoe bats.  The region was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971 and is one of the UK’s finest and most treasured national parks, forming the perfect backdrop for a whole host of Wye Valley activities.

In contrast, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a grassy, heather-clad mountainous region situated just above South Wales’ historic coal mining region.  This dramatic landscape, shaped by glaciers in the last Ice Age, was designated a national park in 1957.  Here you’ll find South Wales’ highest peak, Pen y Fan, where invigorating outdoor activities reign supreme.

Here is our pick of the best activities each area has to offer:

Wye Valley Activities

1. Canoeing

The River Wye was voted by WWF as the public’s favourite river.  And canoeing the Wye Valley is an experience not to be missed.  For experienced boaters, taking to the rapids on Symonds Yat provides all the exhilaration needed.  While those hens looking for a more sedate day out can take a lazy cruise and take in all the stunning scenery on show.

Several activity outfits will offer equipment and take you to a starting point upstream, before you meander your way down the river unescorted.  Otherwise, there are a range of courses helping you to develop your skills.

2. Cycling

Cycling provides an excellent way for a group of ladies to explore the Wye Valley and nearby Forest of Dean regions.  Several cycle routes have been set up through Forest Enterprise sites.  Otherwise, Sustrans have opened a riverside cycle route that follows a disused railway line.

Over in the Forest of Dean, more experienced MTB thrill seekers can kit up and go hell for leather through several blue and red marked downhill trails.  There are also several hire companies offering a range of bikes and suggested routes.

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