Things to Do and Places of Interest
Walking - the Brecon Beacons National Park is prime walking country for all types of walkers. For those who like organised walks, the Brecon Beacons Park Society provides a comprehensive programme of walks to suit all levels of fitness and ability. For those that like to go it alone, the choice is limited only by the number of hours in the day! Crickhowell has obtained "Walkers are Welcome" status, demonstrating its commitment to making your visit an enjoyable and memorable experience. Maps and equipment are available in the area, either from the Tourist Information Centres, or from a variety of outdoor pursuit shops.
Angling - The River Usk is the longest river that flows for its entire length within Wales. It is renowned for its trout and salmon fishing, and licences are available in Crickhowell.
Canoeing - There are several organisations offering canoeing or kayaking experiences on the Usk and the Wye - a very natural way to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area.
Mountain Walking - for the more serious minded hikers, there are courses available for mountaineers and walks leaders. You could also look for walks suggestions at Visit Mid Wales, or Go4awalk.com.
The Beacons Way - The Beacons Way is a new 161km (100 mile) linear walk across the Brecon Beacons National Park, and is proving very popular. The route is described in detail in a beautiful new book "The Beacons Way" by John Sansom and Arwel Michael, copies of which are available locally.
Caving - The famous Mynydd Llangatwg cave system is the largest in Europe, and is accessible from the Llangattock escarpment, just across the river from Crickhowell.
Cycling - the Park boasts some of the U.K's finest mountain biking, with a huge network of varied trails that offer something for everybody from complete beginner to real experts.
Brecon Beacons Activities - for more challenging pursuits have a look at Black Mountain Adventure - plenty here for the tough guys amongst you!
Pony Trekking - for those who love to see the countryside on horseback there are several local stables to choose from, including Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, just two miles out of Crickhowell.
Castles - Wales has a wealth of history, and a variety of buildings from all ages which tell us something about the way our ancestors lived. CADW, the Welsh conservation body, has many sites across the principality, many of which can be visited all year round, including Llanthony Priory and Tretower Court, which are only a few miles away.
Food - lots of local eateries, and excellent local butchers, delicatessen, apple juice makers, chocolate makers - and for a special food experience visit the local Black Mountains Smokery for a tour and tasting.
Arts and Crafts - there are many artists and artisans living and working in this beautiful area. There are at least two galleries within walking distance of the cottage, where you can view examples of their work.
Local Festivals - all of the following festivals are within easy reach of the cottage:
Crickhowell Walking Festival
Crickhowell Literary Festival - NEW!!
Hay Festival of Literature (including the Winterweekend)
Brecon Jazz Festival
Green Man Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival
Brecon Food Festival
Royal Welsh Show
And there is much, much more!
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