Geo-Trips :: Walking west from Crickhowell (and back again)

The River Usk

A walk from Crickhowell, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 by David Purchase

A large group of walkers spent a weekend in Crickhowell. The main walk was to the north of the River Usk, via Cwmdu, and the easier walk was to the south: we all intended to meet at the pub in Llangynidr. Given ageing limbs, I opted for the easier walk. That was a mistake! After an hour or so I realised that the leader didn't actually know his route terribly well. In my younger days I might have tried to correct him, but not now: I just indicated that I was going to make my own way to Llangynidr. I arrived at exactly the same time as the main party, but the 'easier' group arrived about 45 minutes later.

Both groups planned to walk back along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. I joined the 'main' group, as it returned an hour earlier.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO2118 : Courtyard of The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell by David Purchase
Courtyard of The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

SO2018 : A rather pointless sign! by David Purchase
A rather pointless sign!
Anybody taking a three-ton vehicle down this track (which gets narrower and... more

SO1918 : Fields by the Usk Valley Walk by David Purchase
Fields by the Usk Valley Walk
Like many of these so-called Valley Walks, the route often climbs high above the river.

SO1718 : The drive to Llwynon Farm by David Purchase
The drive to Llwynon Farm
To the left is seen Crug Hywel (Table Mountain). As a Table Mountain, it seems to... more

SO1519 : St Cynidr & St Mary's church, Llangynidr by David Purchase
St Cynidr & St Mary's church, Llangynidr

SO1619 : Farmland near Cyffredyn by David Purchase
Farmland near Cyffredyn
Looking towards Tor y Foel [[SO1119]].

SO1619 : Bench beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal by David Purchase
Bench beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
A really fine bench, with the route of the canal clearly delineated. (Note the... more

SO1719 : Walking beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal by David Purchase
Walking beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
I find it intriguing that the bridge arch ahead is asymmetrical. Was this a... more

SO1819 : The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal by David Purchase
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
A bridge across the canal, looking towards Brecon.

SO1918 : The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal by David Purchase
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Looking towards Brecon.

All images © David Purchase and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.

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