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A Guide to Crickhowell Walking Festival

A detailed guide to Crickhowell’s annual walking festival.

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A Guide to Crickhowell Walking Festival

Held in the week wrapped around St David’s Day (1 March), this annual walking festival features guided treks for all abilities, workshops on outdoorsy themes, and music.

Thanks to our splendid nearby location, Gliffaes Country House Hotel is the perfect base to rest your head after a wonderful day exploring the Brecon Beacons as part of the festival! We have comprised the following hints and tips to help anyone wishing to attend.

What is Crickhowell Walking Festival?

Crickhowell Walking Festival is beloved by locals and visitors alike. These 9 days of guided walks and events in and around Crickhowell and the Black Mountains are a delight for all who take part. With over 90 walks listed, you can get tickets from the festival box office so don’t miss out – this is a rare chance to discover the area as you make new friends.

Who can attend the festival?

Anyone who has a ticket can attend the festival. With walks being held of varying difficulties, there is something for novice walkers to keen ramblers. The length of the walks depend on the ability required to participate. We would advise against going on a walk beyond your ability. Some walks are even suitable for dogs.

Will someone lead the walks?

The walks are led by locals who have an unrivalled knowledge of the area. Thanks to their passion and expertise, you will discover parts of the Black Mountains you would never usually find on your own. Not only is having a route leader important for safety reasons, but it also allows you to explore the countryside without the stresses of navigation – they offer great company too! Gliffaes’ owners, James and Susie lead walks from Gliffaes hotel each year, which arrive back in time for the famous Gliffaes tea!

What do I need to wear/bring?

Most of the walks take place on moorland and open mountains. With such locations being open to the elements, it is of the utmost importance that you wear appropriate clothing. Think walking boots (not trainers), a rucksack, hat, gloves, warm clothing and layers, a jacket or fleece, a waterproof jacket and trousers. Don’t forget food and a hot flask! And because we hold our reputation as one of the most welcoming places to stay in Brecon close to our heart, we can even arrange a packed lunch for you if you stay over.

Book your Brecon Beacons escape

Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities here, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or somewhere comfortable to stay the night, our friendly country house hotel is the perfect base for your Brecon Beacons break.

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