A Circular Walk from Crickhowell and back in time for Lunch

Last Wednesday was the first time for ages that all my weekly walking friends and I have managed to get together, so we felt blessed that it was one of the first of the glorious days we have had this month!
We met at Crickhowell car park (just behind the Information Centre) and walked on up to the top of Table Mountain. The fields were glowing with golden buttercups and long grasses and the May blossom looked spectacular against the vibrant, green fields. The first hour to the top of the Table is fairly steep and satisfying and seriously worth it even if you go no further.  Having chatted on the summit, basked in the sunshine and taken in the extraordinary views of Crickhowell, the Brecon Beacons, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid, we decided to carry  on up towards Pen Carrig Calch, although not quite as far as the trig point.
Contouring around to the West and then South West, we kept height and arrived at the Darren. This is a spectacular cliff edge, on which one must stop to contemplate the views; I even spotted the Gliffaes towers in the distance to the West.
From the Darren we descended to the sheepfold below, now able to see all three peaks – Table Mountain, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid. At the sheepfold we picked up the Beacons Way, which took us back down through the beautiful wooded valley, Cwm Cumbeth, still purple with Bluebells.  A small Easterly detour near the bottom brought us back to Great Oak road and then back into Crickhowell.
The walk is about 6 miles and you could do it in about 3½ to 4 hours, which includes chatting, views and stops for snacks!  A 9am start would give you plenty of time to complete the walk and then have lunch in Number 18 or the Bear in Crickhowell. Please ask at Reception and we will mark up your map for you.
Susie Suter