Crickhowell is a small market town with many individual shops, ancient inns and plenty to do for visitors and residents. Surrounding Crickhowell are the picturesque villages of Llangattock, Llanbedr, Llangenny, Glangrwyney, Tretower and Cwmdu, each with its special character.
A settlement has existed here at least since iron-age settlers built a fort on the top of Crug Hywel, also called Table Mountain after its flat top. In the town a motte and bailey castle, remains of which still exist, was built by the Normans.
Mae Crughywel yn dre farchnad bach, gyda llawer o siopiau unigolyn, tafarnau hen iawn, a digon i ymwelwyr a preswyliwr i wneud. O gwpas Crughywel, a’r ardal mae pentrefau prydferth iawn, Llangatwg, Llanbedr, Llangenni, Glangrwne, Tretower a Cwmdu, pob un gyda cymeriadau arbennig.
Mae trefedigiath yma ers dynion y’r oedran wedi adeladu amddiffna ar ben Crug Hywel, hysbys yn lleol fel mynydd bwrdd, achos eu phen gwastad. yn y dref, mae gwargedion yn parhau o’r castell, gyda motte a bailey, adeladwyd rhain gan y Normandiau.
A well known feature of Crickhowell is the bridge spanning the River Usk. Built in 1706 and modified in 1828/30 resulting in thirteen arches on the upstream side, with twelve on the downstream side.
Another historic feature of the town is The Bear Hotel, a former coaching inn which retains its ‘post horses’ archway and original cobbles.
There is plenty to do in and around Crickhowell. The annual Art Trail of studios and galleries during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend gives access to a surprising number of artists in their studios. And the Walking Festival in February – March provides a range a walks for all levels of ability – a great introduction to the many and varied walks available in the area.
Famous sons of the area include Sir George Everest, Admiral Sir Walter Cowan, Roddy Llewellyn and several rugby notables.
There are also excellent routes for cyclists, many opportunities for riding, and a variety of ‘adventure’ activities available locally. Fishing is available on the river Usk, which is also well known amongst canoeists.
Crickhowell lies on the A40 Trunk road, providing easy access from the UK Motorway system, only an hour from the Severn bridge.
Photo by Tim Jones, Crickhowell.