A 6-mile circular walk from Crickhowell car park to the top of Table Mountain and back via Cwm Cumbeth valley.
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 Cerrig-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 9 am start would give you plenty of time to complete the walk and then have lunch in Number 18 or the Bear in Crickhowell.
If you want to do this walk whilst staying at Gliffaes, we will be happy to mark up your map for you and give you more detailed instructions.
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We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.