Introducing: Crickhowell Walking Festival
A great way to welcome spring this year is at the Crickhowell Walking Festival in the Brecon Beacons, with its unique shops, beautiful scenery and fantastic walking routes.
From 1-10 March, the Crickhowell Walking Festival will celebrate its sixth successful year with a record 88 walks and an exciting programme of supporting events.
Each year, the walking festival hosts a range of walks around the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Walks are graded to suit all abilities, from all-day mountain treks to gentle strolls through fields and along the likes of the River Usk and Brecon Canal.
This year's most demanding trek is a consecutive three-day event that covers all thirteen peaks over 2,000ft in the Black Mountains. Walkers can join on any one of the three days, while a certificate will be awarded to anyone that manages all thirteen peaks. All money raised by this walk will go to the event's chosen charity, Action for Kids.
If you're after something a little easier, the Glanusk Estate will host two walks along a newly opened footpath, allowing a unique glimpse into the estate's lands and river frontage. There are also walks centred around honing your map reading and navigational skills, while local landscape photographer Nigel Foster leads a workshop for those wanitng to combine walking and photography.
For more information: Crickhowell Walking Festival
Here are some suggestions of green places to stay in the area:
Caer Hendre is the perfect retreat after a long walk. Spacious, comfortable and very cosy with it’s log stove. This is a delightful romantic, fairly remote self-catering cottage close to owner's lovely & productive organic veg garden and artist's studio. Great walking from the door straight into the Brecon Beacons. Stunning views across the valley.
Merryfields Barn (see below) is a lovely barn with oak beams/floors in the bedroom, a heated limestone floor downstairs, walk-in shower and Japanese square bath. It is within walking distance of Crickhowell.
Hall Farm Barn (right) is a luxury 5 star holiday cottage and barn conversion in the Brecon Beacons National Park near Abergavenny and Crickhowell with a cosy woodburner and great views. Sleeping 5, it is a great location for walking and mountain biking.
>> For more ideas of places to stay and eat near to the festival:
Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons