Wern Watkin; Wildlife

Wern Watkin is situated on high Mynnedd Llangattock above Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons National Park


Wern Watkin commands magnificent views over miles of unspoilt mountainside, from the Sugarloaf to the central Brecon Beacons and down the USK valley. Within easy walking distance of Wern Watkin lie the Llangattock cave complex (one of Europes most elaborate cave systems) as well as the climbing crag and open moorland. Short drives away are the rest of Brecon Beacons, the scenic Wye and Usk river valleys and a wealth of industrial heritage in the Welsh Valleys centred around the World Heritage site of Blaenavon.

Horseshoe Bat

Wern Watkin itself is a small holding run in on environmental lines to improve the diversity of the wildlife. Habitats at your door include ancient woodland, unusual wildflower meadows, rare marshland and a wildlife pond. We have a massive and thrilling colony of house martins swirling around the site and this is replaced at night be a major colony of bats which have their own floor in the bunkhouse. Bird lovers can see over 56 species seen in the last three years and botanists will be delighted in the unusual flora.

This unique combination makes the area superb for a wide variety of users. Our guests include families, scouts, ramblers, canoeists, cyclists, cavers, training groups, educational groups, families, and social groups.

Wern Watkin is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. Vehicular and pedestrian access is via small mountain roads from Crickhowell or Brynmawr, click here for map - detailed instructions will be sent with your booking. If you wish to use public transport, contact Traveline Cymru for journey planning and timetable information.