Journeys 2020

Brecon Beacons and Llangors Lake, Wales: By Gentle Waters

Date

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th May

Nights

3

Cost

£385. All rooms, single occupancy.

Description

Langasty Retreat House sits beside the shores of Llangors Lake just 6 miles to the south-east of Brecon. It is a haven of peace amongst some of the most stunning scenery and historical landscapes in southern Britain, yet is only 35 miles from the centre of Wales' capital city Cardiff.

During this short break we will walk the shore and venture into the hills. There will be times of reflection; on the hillside, by the shore and in the lovely Retreat Chapel, overlooking the garden and lake. Walking and prayer, anchor our time away.

Walks and Excursions

Among other wanderings, we have two main walks; one on Saturday and one on Sunday. On Saturday we head for the hills, on Sunday we stay close to the shore.

Saturday's walk is graded medium in length (no more than 7 miles) with moderate terrain - there are some steep sections. The views are grand as we steadily ascend to the summit, passing a romantic Victorian folly and an Iron Age fort on the way. Sunday's walk is shorter (no more than 3 miles) with easy terrain, much will be on defined tracks. Along the way we visit the peaceful Church of St. Gastyn (St Gastyn originally came from Brittany in the 5th century and established a cell on the shore of Llangors lake) and a thatched bird hide with views across the lake - look out for Canada Geese and Grey Heron.

Llangors is also the site of Wales only Crannog. Dating from the late 9th or early 10th century and very likely home to the medieval Kings of Brycheiniog, this man-made island built of timber and stones, would have been fortified with buildings inside the palisade, including a central hall. A reconstruction of the type dwelling found on the island can be seen.

During the early evening of Sunday, we follow a Prayer walk around the retreat grounds, taking time and at a gentle pace, to simply 'be' with God, ourselves and creation in all its glory. As dusk approaches and the night sky comes to life, we'll see why this area is an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Accommodation

Three nights at spacious Llangasty Retreat House, formerly a large Victorian Rectory, standing in its own grounds, overlooking Llangors lake; in single rooms (with shared facilities), Breakfast, Lunch (packed on Saturday) and Evening meal, are all provided by the house team. Tea and coffee making facilities are available at all times.

Getting there

Please arrive at the Retreat from 3 p.m. Car parking is available. We can pick up from Abergavenny Railway Station during the afternoon, if preferred.

Contact

David Gleed +44(0)7896 285839, davidgleed2@gmail.com) and Duncan Weaver.