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A stunning riverside walk
Take a break from the charms of the town of Crickhowell by striding along this pleasant lowland walk which hugs the banks of the River Usk along one leg and the canal towpath along the other. This is a grade 3 walk: Routes with occasional long, poor surfaces and kissing gates or stiles. There are no seats.
6.9km / 4.29miles
Crickhowell (OS grid reference SO215182) (postcode NP8 1AR)
Starting GPS co-ordinates
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Ascend about 93m / 305ft
Sample the delights of the willow and alder lined River Usk as it flows in long lazy meanders. Why not sport a pair of binoculars for spotting the riverine birds which frequent this stretch such as dipper, grey wagtail, goosander or even kingfisher? They form one part of the river’s rich ecosystem along with an abundance of fish such as salmon, shad, bullhead and lamprey. After all the river’s original Welsh name, Wysg may be derived from ‘pysg’ which translates as ‘fish’. You won’t be able to miss the two striking bridges: Tower Bridge as you enter Glanusk Park and Crickhowell Bridge, said to be the longest stone bridge in Wales. The ever present mountains on either side provide a characterful backdrop as you walk along the tranquil canal towpath in the shade of the beech trees of Coed Ffawyddog.
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