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A Welsh hamlet surrounded by magnificent mountains and waterfalls

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Talybont Reservoir

Aber is a small, picturesque hamlet surrounded by mountains and waterfalls near Talybont-on-Usk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Its location is perfect for those who wish to walk or cycle around the National Park with a wealth of exciting routes to follow. Delight in beautiful unspoilt countryside, outdoor activities and amazing stargazing.

Birdwatchers will be in their element here with bird hides just minutes up the road on the Talybont Reservoir. This scenic three-kilometre-long reservoir is home to a variety of rare and unusual migratory birds and wildlife. Stroll across its dramatic dam and take in the magnificent views of the surrounding Welsh countryside or choose from a variety of trails around the reservoir and beyond. The Taff Trail meets up with this network of routes and after descending through enchanting woodland you are rewarded with the spectacular Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls; don’t forget your camera!

Alternatively, take the Henry Vaughan Walk along the old Brynoyre railway track and admire the landscape that inspired the 17th century poet, author and physician. Marvel at the tranquil waterway of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, enjoy a picnic in the Vaughan Gardens and discover the Afon Caerfanell River as it makes its journey from high in the mountains through a series of impressive waterfalls.

Tretower Castle

Visit the attractive village of Talybont-on-Usk to get a delicious bite to eat in one of the traditional pubs. Those who are feeling energetic can enjoy walking, cycling or canoeing here, or take it easy bird watching, fishing or simply sipping locally brewed beer in the sunshine, chatting to the locals.

Just over seven miles away you will find the characterful town of Brecon where you can indulge in some retail therapy, visit one of the many fascinating museums and art galleries, or relax in one of the welcoming places to eat and drink.

To the east of Brecon lies Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales. As well as being a fantastic haven for wildlife and birds, including Brecon’s famous Red Kites, it offers a lovely place to sail or paddle. You can hire a rowing boat, canoe or pedalo from the nearby boat hire centre and while away some peaceful hours on the water.

“Glimpse a variety of rare and unusual birds and wildlife at Talybont Reservoir or Llangorse Lake”

For some local history, discover Tretower Court and Castle on the north bank of the River Usk. Although in ruins today, the castle remains are a powerful reminder of the wealth and influence of the lords of Tretower during the medieval period. Experience 15th century living in the court, where the rooms have been recreated to depict how they would have looked in 1470 when the Vaughans were part of high society.

With the charming market towns of Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye within easy reach of Aber village, it is the ideal base to explore a wonderful part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Browse our range of Aber cottages and start planning your getaway.

While you’re there

Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls

Get the camera ready for one of the liveliest waterfalls in South Wales.

Talybont Reservoir

Enjoy a wealth of walking and cycle routes around the 3km reservoir.

Tretower Court and Castle

Discover some fascinating local history where the Vaughan family once took residence.

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