If you’re looking for a reason to visit the Brecon Beacons in 2016, take a glance at the annual Crickhowell Walking Festival, which takes place between 27 February and 6 March. Now in its ninth year, the festival has a larger than ever selection of events based in and around this delightful little town, just a short stroll from our base on the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal.
Here is a quick rundown of what you’ll find at this festival and why we love it.
An amazing number of walks, from short strolls to stunning climbs. Some of our favourites this year are No. 69 Three Pens above the Table, No. 32 Explore a Bronze Age Settlement and No. 3 A History of the Llangynidr Waterways.
2. 9 days of events
Between 27 February and 6 March, Crickhowell will be a hive of activity, with a range of things to do every day. While getting out and about is clearly the focus of the festival, you’ll also find skills workshops, concerts and a film night!
3. Moon Walk
In this International Dark Sky Reserve, the night walk (No. 35) along the ridges of the Black Mountains should be spectacular. Let’s hope for a cloudless sky.
4. Free activities
There are free workshops on walking gear and Nordic walking. And after all that walking, you’ll find the free leg massage rather soothing.
5. Photographic competition
Be in with a chance to win a pair of Scarpa Delta boots. Just enter up to four photographs taken at the festival. So remember to have your camera or smartphone to hand. Find out more.
6. Dogs are welcome
There are plenty of walks where you can take dogs along, and they’ll love all that fresh air as much as you. There’s even a special Doggie Walk (No. 72) which ends with a biscuit for your pooch and a cup of tea for you.
A five day traverse of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, this epic trail offers some of the best views the National Park has to offer, and includes Pen y Fan, the highest point in southern Britain.
8. Kenton Cool
Probably the finest Alpine climber of this generation, Kenton Cool will be talking about his adventures, including guiding Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Everest. There’s even the chance to walk with him on a trek to a local viewpoint called the Lonely Shepherd.
9. Meet our Mountain Rescue Team
The Longtown Mountain Rescue Team does an invaluable job, saving people who are lost or injured on our mountains. Learn about their work, see their specialist rescue equipment and ask questions to this team of dedicated volunteers.
10. Just a 20 minute stroll from the canal
We’re so fortunate that all this is on our doorstep, just a short walk from our base. If you’re staying for a few days, our cosy houseboats at Llangattock and our canalside cottages near Abergavenny (both with fires and central heating) offer a tranquil base to relax after a day’s walk.