Give Back: Go walking with pigs
Embark on a mini adventure along a beautiful valley in the Brecon Beacons with a couple of Kune Kune pigs.
Hear their little trotters tap-tapping next to you as you walk through the quiet countryside, learning about their daily lives and how they’re looked after. The walk is followed by a ‘pig-nic’ of coffee and cake too! As well as helping the local community, part of the cost of the walk also goes to RetireMutt – a charity that provides financial support to retired local police dogs. Just make sure you wear the right shoes – it can get muddy!
More things to do on a Microgap
Meet, greet and support rare birds of prey
Get ready for a one-on-one encounter with falcons, vultures, hawks and owls with Wings of Wales. The company’s founder, Lewis Phillips, is passionate about the conservation of birds of prey, and has worked with lots of British trusts to help reintroduce native birds (like the White Tail Sea Eagle) to Wales and the rest of the UK.
On an experience day, you can head out on a woodland walk with a vulture, and try and spot them as they glide through the trees beside you. Or watch falcons and eagles soar above the outstanding scenery of the Brecon Beacons before landing on your specially designed glove. The best part? You’ll be helping to support Wings of Wales mission to repopulate the Welsh ecosystem with these magnificent birds.
Snuggle down in a geodome
Perched on a hilltop with views over the beloved Beacons, The Dome at Argoed is the epitome of a romantic escape. With its huge picture window and wood-fired love tub, it’s perfect for watching the sun go down over the hills. It’s filled with antique décor and frontier-style props like fur blankets and dark wooden furniture, as well as a selection of board games, books and even a stellarscope.
Behind the dome is Ty Bach – a little house with a shower and loo – and you’ll also have access to gas hobs and a barbecue for cooking up a storm. There’s even a veg garden you can pluck some produce from, and fresh eggs laid by the resident chickens that you can use for breakfast. The only problem is you may not want to leave…
Explore the Fforest Fawr Geopark
This UNESCO park is over 470 million years old, and is one of only 140 members in the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. Take a walk over its layer-cake of rocks, which stretch for miles in all directions over the Brecon Beacons National Park. Surrounded by fresh air and natural, open spaces, it’s the ideal location to reconnect with nature. It’s got an abundance of wildlife throughout its Old Red Sandstone hills, limestone gorges, woodland, meadows, rivers, waterfalls and caves, and you can explore it yourself (on foot, by bike or on horseback) with the help of a map or audio trail guide.