‘50 things’ in the Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire

Caring for our spectacular landscapes, we are excited about ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. From the soaring peaks of the Brecon Beacons to the rolling parkland at Clytha Estate, everyone can get out and explore the joys of nature at our special places. Check out our rangers best bits on where to have fun with ‘50 things’ and to create new family experiences.

Discover wonderful veteran trees at Clytha Estate near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

No.1 get to know a tree 

What better place to start than the picturesque Clytha Estate in Monmouthshire. With this sweeping 18th century parkland being home to many stunning veteran trees, you’ll be spoilt for choice with activity No. 1 get to know a tree. Perfect for new adventures with the family, soak up the serenity and history of this special place.

Build a den in the wild woods at St Mary's Vale, near Sugar Loaf in the Usk Valley

No. 4 build a den 

The wonderful woodlands at St Mary’s Vale near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire provide a canopy from the rest of the world and create a great place to get your hands dirty for No. 4 make a den. With sticks of all shapes and sizes, (remembering too No. 12 have fun with sticks!) you’re sure to have lots of fun in the natural wilderness of this secluded scene.

Henrhyd Falls after a heavy downpour, the highest waterfall in South Wales, near Colebren in the Brecon Beacons

No. 6 go welly wandering 

With the whole family why not explore the wooded gorge of Henrhyd Falls near Coelbren. Admire the highest waterfall in South Wales, whilst smaller feet can enjoy the ’50 things’ activity No. 6 go welly wandering. Amongst sprays of water, sparkles of light, and rambling over pebbles and trickles of water you’re sure to have a fun day.

A family enjoying a leisurely picnic in the grounds of The Kymin, Monmouth, Wales

No. 9 eat a picnic in the wild 

Soak up the panoramic views and history at The Kymin near Monmouth. In Georgian times this quirky building was actually built because of it being the perfect picnic spot for eating and drinking with family and friends. What better place to enjoy time and time again the '50 things’ activity No. 9 eat a picnic in the wild.

Sunrise over the Sugar Loaf, Monmouthshire

No. 23 get up for the sunrise 

With many of our places being in the countryside, they are always open. One of our highlights is the Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny. It is a great challenge to achieve as a family, experience getting close to nature and take in its spectacular views. No. 23 get up for the sunrise is the perfect activity to beat the crowds and enjoy the tranquillity of this special place with only the dawn chorus to keep you company!

Have a fun day out climbing Pen y Fan in the central Brecon Beacons

No. 28 climb a huge hill 

The mountain on everyone’s bucket list. Pen y Fan, along with Corn Du and Cribyn make up one of the most iconic skylines in the UK. Explore the wonder of this soaring landscape and of course enjoy the challenge of No. 23 climb a huge hill. As part of our top suggestions of ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, we would love for you to have the best experience of this special place, so with several routes up to the summit, why not pick a path less trodden and start from Cwm Gwdi?

The White-clawed crayfish at the Begwns in the Brecon Beacons
Walking trail

No. 35 discover what's in a pond 

A firm family favourite, an accessible landscape rich in wildlife, the Begwns near Hay-on-Wye offer something different to the big peaks. With rolling hills, all the views and none of the climb, take in the joys of the Begwns. At Monk’s pond, enjoy No. 35 discover what’s in a pond at this thriving habitat for wildlife, including the White-clawed Crayfish that call this place home.

No.48 make a nature diary

No. 48 keep a nature diary 

Wander at leisure through this idyllic corner of our countryside, now a relic of a bygone era, and discover why it's so important for our wildlife. While away a few hours in a true wildlife paradise and enjoy activity, No. 48 keep a nature diary. Flower-rich hay meadows are places of beauty and at their height in early summer are full of vast and varied colours, sweet-scented grasses and herbs, and the buzz of insects as they go from flower to flower.