Cantref is a collection of scattered hill farms and homes in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. This is a lively community of almost a hundred adults, lots of young people and thousands of sheep.
There is a healthy mix of newcomers and families who have farmed here for generations. Many of them offer self-catering accommodation, bed and breakfast or camping in spectacular locations with access straight onto the hills.
A newcomer arriving right in the middle of Cantref could be forgiven for wondering where it is! Easiest landmark is the pretty church of St. Cynidr and St. Mary – the peak of Pen y Fan is in the parish. Opposite the church is Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre. From here a spider’s web of country lanes lead to the hills where some of the country’s best Welsh hill lamb is produced. Be patient if your journey is slowed by pony trekkers or a flock of sheep.
Remote and isolated are not words you’d choose to describe a close-knit community. But paradoxically Cantref is just that. The need for co-operation in farming the hills is an essential ingredient of life here. It has created a culture that is strong and confident and which welcomes newcomers and visitors who make the effort to join in.
Map of Cantref can be seen by clicking on this link 01 Cantref Map