Our new weekly ‘On The Map’ feature continues, as we find out more about the local businesses featured on our exclusive discount map.
This week we spoke to Anna from Drover Cycles about special places in the Brecon Beacons, hiking waterfalls in the rain and what’s in store for her business this year!
1: Tell us about your business
Drover Holidays was established nearly ten years ago to offer self-guided and escorted walking and cycling holidays in Wales with an emphasis on quality and friendly service. Over the years we’ve expanded our range of products and services to include bike hire, sales and repairs and we also organise cycling events such as the 2016 Drover Cycles Devil Sportive series!
2: What is your favourite Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottage?
I would have to say Caemarchog in the Black Mountains. The location of this property is just fantastic, nestled below the flanks of Hay Bluff and Twmpa with the Wye Valley spread out below. In spring the surrounding fields resound with bleating lambs and in high summer you can lie back and listen to the sky larks as they soar above. It’s a short hop down to Hay on Wye for books, shopping or fun on the river. For outdoor enthusiasts the opportunities are legion. Walkers can explore miles of footpaths including Offa’s Dyke Path as well as lesser known gems like the Nant Bwch Valley Cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice with some of the best rides in the Brecon Beacons, in fact some of Wales most iconic climbs, right on the doorstep. Tis is the perfect location for an active holiday and, wait, did someone say hot tub as well?
3: Give us three words to entice someone to the Brecon Beacons.
Breathe more deeply
4: The best place to spend a Sunday in the Brecon Beacons?
It’s a tricky one because there are so many special places in the Brecon Beacons and of course it depends on the weather. On a wet day it’s tempting to head for one of our cosy pubs and sit by the fire sampling some local food and drink! A rainy day is actually a perfect time to take a hike to a waterfall whether that’s the famous Sgwd yr Eira in the south of the National Park or, my local favourite, Pwll y Wrach. This translates as The Witches Pool and the short walk from Talgarth is lovely, especially in spring when the woodland is filled with smell of wild garlic and carpets of bluebells. On bright and sunny days I like to get up high and head for the ridges for the most glorious views.
5: What’s in store for your business in 2016?
Right now, we’re busy refreshing our hire fleet for the season ahead, something we do every year to ensure we keep delivering the best bike hire in the Brecon Beacons. Our fleet now includes a dog-trailer so we can cater for canine adventurers as well as humans! We’ve also launched a bike hire hub scheme with partners throughout the National Park. Our other exciting development for the Year of Adventure is The Cafe at Drover Cycles. Our cyclist’s cafe will serve tasty food and drink with an emphasis on locally produced and fairly traded treats. There will be plenty of cakes on offer to replace all those calories burned off in the fresh air!