Where to walk Crickhowell
Lying at the foot of Crug Hywel, an impressive Iron Age hillfort, Crickhowell is a well preserved Georgian town and remarkable compact, the town boasts a thriving High Street with an array of independently owned and family-run shops. Nevertheless it’s a destination in itself and make a brilliant base for exploring the southern Black Mountains and surrounding area.
Here are some of the walks you can enjoy in the town itself and surrounding area.
Easy and Moderate walks:
- Crickhowell to Table Mountain – Table Mountain or Crug Hywel in Welsh gives Crickhowell its name and its hill fort dominates the town despite its modest height. This hill walk offers stunning views of Crickhowell, the Usk Valley, the Black Mountains and the Central Beacons. Find the route here
- A stroll along the Mon and Brec Canal from Llangattock. A gentle walk offering views of the Usk Valley, the Black Mountains and Llangattock hillside – find the route here.
- The Glanusk Estate – an Usk Valley treat – find the route here
- Llangattock Quarries – history, industrial and nature -A fine walk high above the Usk Valley along the old quarry tramways and into Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve. Panoramic views of the Black Mountains. find the route here.
- Llangattock Hillside the hard way- with rewards to match – enjoy a walk in one of the largest upland limestone cliffs in South Wales. find the route here.
- A walk through Tolkein’s Shire -The Brecon Beacons National Park has a connection, it’s thought (but not proved) that Tolkien stayed in the appealing village of Talybont-on-Usk in the 1940s, while working on parts of The Lord of The Rings. He named the Hobbit settlement of Crickhollow after nearby Crickhowell. find the route here.
Energetic and Strenuous walks:
- Weatherman Walking Crickhowell walk -This walk has just about everything – a picture-postcard town, mountain views, lots of history and even the odd barge or two! Follow the route taken by Derek (The Weatherman) when he climbed Table Mountain, hitched a ride of a distinctly different kind and found out if walkers really are welcome in Crickhowell! Find the route here