Talgarth!

Talgarth!

Talgarth - the National Park's premier hub for mountain bikers!

The ancient market Town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains which run along the border between Wales and England.

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Close to Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye it provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore both the Black Mountains and the eastern end of the Brecon Beacons.

With the Wye valley to the north and the Usk valley to the east Talgarth could not be better placed for a holiday in this beautiful part of Wales.

The Information and Resource Centre is open Monday to Saturday and Sunday mornings all year round and incorporates a Telecentre open to both visitors and locals.

OPENING HOURS

Summer opening:
Monday - Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday 10am -1pm

Winter opening:
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 1pm

Two walkers walking towards Castell Dinas and Mynydd Troed

Close to the town is Llangors Lake offering sailing and wind sailing and the opportunity to hire rowing boats.

Also at Llangorse is the nationally acclaimed indoor climbing centre and Talgarth also has Black Mountain Activities on the other side of town which has an outdoor climbing structure and offers activities all over the National Park.

Situated only two miles from the river Wye visitors can also canoe all year with canoe hire available locally.

Canoeing near Hay

For others who happen upon Talgarth will find a small market town renowned for the friendliness of its people and which remains a place where long forgotten values and unspoiled surroundings are part of everyday life.

Situated at the foot of the Black Mountains on the only route through the hills the town is well placed for discovering both these more eastern hills as well as the broader Brecon Beacons.

With the Wye valley to the north and the Usk valley to the east Talgarth could not be better placed for a holiday in this beautiful part of Wales.

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Talgarth literally means end of the hills. The old town with its narrow streets and 19th Century architecture has many historic associations. The towns square, where markets were once held, is dominated by its Victorian Town Hall.

Ennig and Ellwye, two clear swift streams, flow through the town from the magnificent backdrop of the Black Mountains, forming a picturesque series of waterfalls as they wind their way to meet the River Wye.

Turn almost any corner and you will be rewarded by reminders of the town's historic past - and glimpses of the majestic Brecon Beacons on the horizon.

Guarding the river crossing, the 13th Century Tower Bridge crosses the Ennig in the town centre. A place of high strategic value in those times, it was guarded by the medieval Tower House (now the Tourist Information Centre). Only one other in Mid Wales is similar.

Bronllys castle, one of many castles in border country, has a well preserved Norman keep and was originally a fortress protected by a ring of walled towers.

The 15th Century Parish church of St. Gwendolines, has strong links with Howell Harris, who was an influential figure in the establishment of Welsh Methodism. In the nearby village of Trefecca is the Howell Harris college and museum. He died in 1773 and has a memorial stone in the churchyard of St. Gwendolines.

Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve and waterfalls on the outskirts of Talgarth provide a gentle walk through shady woodland. Follow the geology trail explaining the environment of 400 million years ago or keep an eye open for tawny owls, bats, badgers, foxes and otters.

Rural Alliance project

Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve and waterfalls on the outskirts of Talgarth provide a gentle walk through shady woodland. Follow the geology trail explaining the environment of 400 million years ago or keep an eye open for tawny owls, bats, badgers, foxes and otters.

Walkers are very Welcome in Talgarth!

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Talgarth Mill (of Village SOS fame) now has it's cafe open - make sure you make time to come and enjoy this and to find out more about the project!

In August 2012 Talgarth became a full member of the Walkers are Welcome Towns Network.

Walkers are Welcome towns and villages are places which have something special to offer walkers. This ancient market town provides the perfect ‘gateway to the Black Mountains’. Established walks in the area include an easy one mile town walk around Talgarth and progress to moderate to hard walks of up to 8 miles to discover more about this beautiful area of the Welsh Marches.

Using public transport, walks can be enjoyed in nearby Hay on Wye and Brecon before coming back to Talgarth where there are several hotels and pubs offering accommodation as well as smaller Bed and Breakfast establishments. If you want to get here using the train, there is a station at Hereford with bus link to Talgarth.

In the town itself, the newly restored Melin Talgarth Mill grinds flour with wheat from local farms, we have an award winning Butcher’s shop, newsagent, pharmacy, library, Tourist Information Centre, and several cafes.

Regular meetings of the Steering Committee are held in the Town Hall. For more information contact Secretary Bryan Craven on 01874 713166.

If you have a business in the area, you can pledge to support the scheme once we are accredited by displaying a Walkers are Welcome sticker.

Walkers are Welcome Facebook page


Check out our Talgarth Facebook page which has details about our annual festival & the video that goes with it!

Croeso I Talgarth!

Bienvenue à Talgarth!

Willkommen in Talgarth!

Bienvenido a Talgarth!

Welkom in Talgarth!

Talgarth sits to the north east of Brecon, surrounded by both exhilerating mountain biking and first class outdoor activity centres, as well as being home to the only gliding club in the Brecon Beacons Talgarth is a great destination for all sports lovers.

Talgarth is one of the area's mountain biking hubs and has four routes with a proper hardcore mix, including the Black Mountains Classic – 52 km of extreme level riding.

In addition to this 'black route' there is the Llanfilo loop, which is graded as a 'green' route and two 'red' routes' the Llangors & Bwlch trail which is almost entirely off road and the foothills of the Black Mountains'.

See the MTB website for more details

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