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|Index of Jack's Days Out & Grand Tours|
mostly within an hour of Craig y Nos Castle
|1||Elan Village Reservoirs Dog Walks & Scenery|
|2||Llyn Brianne Reservoir Dog Walks & Scenery|
|3||Talybont on Usk Reservoir - circular walk |
|4||Tenby Town & Bay; dog friendly beach far end|
|5||Talley Abbey; circular Hilly Forest Walk & Views|
|6||Laugharne Castle & Dylan Thomas Boathouse|
|7||23 more Dog Friendly Attractions & Days Out|
A: Research the Walks in advance of traveling here: Use this site extensively as a resource.
Many guests arrive with no idea where to go walking. There are so many excellent scenic walks around and you really must not miss out. After all, you are looking for a real dog's holiday. Each of the walks featured on this site are specifically OK for dogs and many are circular walks requiring no directions or ordnance survey maps. Just a sat nav postcode to get you to the car park. Start with the Country Park of course, for local walks without having to move the car, then move on to the local dog walks and Jack's dogs' days out for longer trips.
Discover more walks than are shown in the main index by going to the the Jack's Other Dog Days Out page.
Dog walking is the main purpose for coming into the Brecon Beacons National Park. You can even print the PDFs from the main website for each walk in advance, and note the postcode for your sat nav. Links to the maps and directions for each walk are at the bottom of each walk featured on this website.
Start by reviewing the featured local walks, Henrhyd Waterfalls, Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre, Lady of the Lake Mountain Walk, Oxwich Bay, Penwyllt Mountain Walk, Usk Reservoir, Ystradfelte Waterfalls and Rhossilli Bay.
If you are staying any length of time and fancy traveling further afield, to include some scenic driving in mountains, valleys and around huge reservoirs, review Jack's Dog Days Out. Start with the Elan Village Centre and Claerwen Reservoir, and study each outing in turn: Llyn Brianne Reservoir drive and dog walks, Talybont on Usk Reservoir near Brecon, and consider a day out to Tenby Town and Tenby Bay. Look at the walks around Laugharne Castle, including the Dylan Thomas Centre, or consider a trip into deep countryside to see Talley Abbey ruins and try out the lovely Talley Forest walk above the abbey.
In addition to Jack's featured Days Out, there are additional walks and attractions not yet featured on individual walks pages. See a dozen more places to see and dog walks on Jack's Other Dogs' Days Out page.
Additional dogs' days out (all of which Jack the Dog has selected because you can take dogs) include, East of Craig y Nos, the Caerleon Roman Ruins and Barracks, and the stunning Caerphilly Castle which is near Cardiff and so could be included on the journey here or on the day of departure. See also Dare Valley Country Park which is surprisingly close to us and can be included on the outward bound return journey, as can St. Fagans near Cardiff (Museum of Welsh Life).
In the opposite direction, going West of us, there a little gem of a castle ruin and country house plus extensive parkland with wild deer, which you can walk around for hours. First explore the castle ruin to give the dogs a run in, around and 'on' Dinefwr Castle, then have tea in and explore the old Country House.
Other well known outings include Brecon, a nice olde worlde market town, and Hay on Wye, the town of books, of course.
Less well known are some little gems which may require satnav and some map reading, such as Arthur's Stone and, off J47/M4, the easily missed but very pretty Upper Lliw and Lower Lliw Reservoirs - either do a circular walk around Lower Lliw or continue on up to Upper Lliw (which you can also walk around but the path is very minor - I've not done this circle, Lower Lliw is a safer circular dog walk).
A: Recommended dog friendly rooms are those with large floor space and ideally on the ground floor.
Please specify a preferred room as otherwise reception may put you in an unsuitable smaller room.
Q: Do you have weekends available for Jack's Discounted B&B Deals?
A: Yes, but they are limited to the off season and any date where there is no wedding on. Ideally B&B discount Deals should be taken mid-week, Sunday to Thursday, but they can apply to weekends also - see available weekends. Check B&B Availability at Craig y Nos Castle.
Q: Which rooms can my dogs go in, in the castle?
All except the main function room which is used as a dining room for non-dog owners. Evening Meals are served in the Patti Bar, where dogs are allowed. Relax with your dogs by the wood burning stove in the Breakfast Room, with full Sky TV. Or sit quietly and read a book in the Nicolini Lounge.
Q: How do I book?