Bwlch, Brecon Beacons, Powys LD3 7JJ, Wales UK Tel: 01874 730330
Buckland Hall is a beautiful oak-panelled country house situated in the Heart of the Brecon Beacons. Most of those attending residentials here sleep in the house but some use local hotels or B&Bs.
1 Directions by road from London
1 By road from London
M4 towards South Wales. Go over Severn Crossing (you will need to pay a toll going in this direction). Turn off M4 at junction 24 (Sign-posted Newport/Monmouth). At roundabout as you leave M4, take A449 towards Monmouth. On A449, take second exit, sign-posted to Abergavenny. A40 all the way from here.
Just before Abergavenny, you come to a large double roundabout. Keep on A40 through Abergavenny towards Brecon. Along the A40 you pass through Crickhowell, then Bwlch. Keep on the A40 and, after going through Bwlch, you pass a series of three lay-bys on your left. About one mile from Bwlch, the third lay-by has a small post-box. Just after that lay-by, you will see the RED sign for Buckland Hall to the left side of the road. Turn left off the A40 and continue down the lane. Please drive carefully along the lane and give priority to farm activity. After half a mile, opposite the farm you will see another sign to Buckland Hall to your right. Follow the drive all the way to the mansion house.
2 By road from Birmingham
Take M5 south. Turn off M5 at Junction for M50, sign-posted to Ross-on-Wye. Take M50 past Ross towards Monmouth. The road becomes the A40. Keep on it past Monmouth, then turn off the road following signs: A40 to Abergavenny. Stay on A40 all the way from here. From Abergavenny follow directions from paragraph 2 of #1 above.
3 By road from Cardiff
From Cardiff take A470 north. Keep on A470 past Merthyr Tydfill towards Brecon. Just before Brecon the A470 meets the A40. Take A40 towards Abergavenny. From Abergavenny follow directions from paragraph 2 of #1 above.
From the Buckland Hall Website re. SatNav: “We are actually very easy to find as the sign for Buckland Hall is at the top of our lane on the A40. However, many guests have suffered from problems by relying on SatNav or other internet maps/journey routes based on postcode etc. (This is a standard problem for many rural locations). You are better switching off SatNav at Abergavenny (coming from the East) and at Brecon (coming from the West)."
4 By train from London
The nearest train station to Buckland Hall is Abergavenny. Take a train from Paddington Station to Newport. These are the London-Swansea trains and are frequent (mainly on the hour every hour). At Newport you connect to a train for Abergavenny. Usually, the connection arrives within ten minutes and it takes 25 minutes, but late at night and on weekends, the connections may be less frequent, so best to check. The total journey to Abergavenny should take two and a half hours. Local buses are infrequent and leave you to walk a mile with your luggage, so not recommended.
5 By train from Manchester
The nearest train station to Buckland Hall is Abergavenny. There are direct trains running from Manchester to Abergavenny on their way down to Cardiff. They take two hours and thirty five minutes. Local buses are infrequent and leave you to walk a mile with your luggage, so not recommended.
6 From Heathrow Airport
From the airport go to Reading Station (there is a coach link from the airport terminals, or alternatively take a taxi). At Reading Station catch a train to Newport Station and there change trains and get off at Abergavenny station. Alternatively, you could take the Heathrow Express Underground to Paddington Station and from there make the above connection to Abergavenny Station via Newport Station.
7 From Cardiff International Airport
From Cardiff International Airport, take a taxi to Barry railway station (taxis are readily available outside the airport). From Barry railway station take the train to Cardiff Central Station. A train runs directly from Cardiff Central Station to Abergavenny Station.
8 From Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport provides a bus service to its nearest railway station which is Bristol Temple Meads. This service will cost you £4.00 single and £6.00 return. From Bristol Temple Meads you to travel to Abergavenny Station. Please check carefully as some trains go directly to Abergavenny, whereas for others you may need to change at Newport Train Station.
9 From Birmingham Airport
From Birmingham Airport you will need to get to Birmingham International Train Station (via a free monorail provided by the airport). From there you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street. Your next destination will then be Hereford Train Station and from there you can travel directly to Abergavenny Train Station.
10 Train times and prices
For more information and train times call National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 (24 hour telephone line) or visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
11 Taxi phone numbers from Abergavenny train Station
These are subject to subject to frequent change:
Dee's Taxis 07773 990056
12 Camping near Buckland Hall
There are a number of camping options in the Brecon Beacons. Some of the nearer are:
Pyscodlyn Caravan & Camping Park
Priory Mill Farm Camping
Pengenffordd, Talgarth, Powys LD3 0EP
13 Other accommodation
(From an old list)
BED & BREAKFAST
The Allt B&B
The Studio B&B
Glangrwyney Court B&B
The Belvedere B&B
The Malt House B&B + Self catering cottage
The Traveller‘s Rest
Peterstone Court & Spa
The Bear Hotel
The Star Inn
YOUTH HOSTELS / BUNK HOUSES
YHA – hostel
Glynmeddig Barn Bunk House
SELF CATERING COTTAGES
There are many self catering cottages in the Brecon Beacons, please view www.breconcottages.com for further information.
THE LOCAL TOURIST OFFICE WEBSITE
The local Tourist office website is at www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk