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Crickhowell - A great town to explore

While staying at The Manor Hotel you are just a short walk from the centre of the historic town of Crickhowell. It is a delightful market town that was the overall winner of the Great British High Street Awards 2018 – well worth a visit.

Home to a variety of family owned traditional businesses, the town features an art gallery and local history archive, and there are plenty of cafes, pubs, and restaurants to discover too. As well as being a tourist attraction in itself, there is a real community feel to Crickhowell (a lack of big chain shops is testament to this) and the inhabitants are proud of the traditional high street and picturesque surroundings.

Crickhowell takes its name from a nearby hill fort stemming from the Iron Age called Crug Hywel (also the name of the town in Welsh.) Situated in between Abergavenny and Brecon, the town lies in the eastern section of the Brecon Beacons National Park on the River Usk, with the Black Mountains to the northwest. Being surrounded by all this natural beauty means that the majority of visitors come to Crickhowell to see the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and to take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in the area. If you fancy trying your hand at hillwalking, rock climbing, mountain biking, fly-fishing, or hang-gliding, then you are really spoilt for choice in the area.

The Beacons Way passes through the town, making it popular with hikers and ramblers. You can follow the Beacons Way steeply up from town or you can choose from a number of more leisurely walks alongside the River Usk or by following the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal just down the road at Llangattock.

If you fancy a more sedate day, there are plenty of historic sites that can be enjoyed without breaking a sweat. Crickhowell is home to a seventeenth-century stone bridge which passes over the River Usk – It is unusual due to the odd arches (thirteen on side and twelve on the other.) The 14th-century parish church of St Edmund, and the ruins of the 13th Century castle are also worth exploring.

The town hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, a Walking Festival takes place here each March, and Crickhowell also boasts an annual literary festival and the popular Green Man arts and music festival. So whether you are looking for sports and activities or just want to relax and enjoy the culture and surroundings there is truly something for all right on the doorstep.

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