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The historic town of Crickhowell lies on the River Usk on the southern edge of the Black Mountains in the Eastern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It takes its name from that of the nearby Iron Age hill fort of Crug Hywel which overlooks the town, but over the centuries that name has become Anglicised to Crickhowell.

Like almost all of the border towns, Crickhowell grew up around a Norman castle. Originally a motte and bailey structure the Castle steadily increased in size and significance until it was sacked by Owain Glyndwr in the early 15th century. Since then it has thrived as a market town.

As well as providing the perfect location from which to explore the Brecon Beacons, Crickhowell is noted for its 17th century stone bridge that crosses the River Usk which is the longest of its type in Wales. The nearby estate of Glanusk is also home to many events including the Green Man Festival.



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Map reference: SO 218183  Lat: 51.85778 Long: -3.13688

A465 or A40 from Abergavenny.

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Abergavenny station

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