Fan Dance or Barn Dance? Whatever you do don’t forget your walking boots!

Now in its fourth year, the Crickhowell Walking Festival is offering more than 70 guided walks over nine of days in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park from Saturday 26th February to Sunday 6th March.  Catering for all ages, abilities and interests, the beautiful walking terrain varies from short and level easy routes to tough exacting treks at high altitude. 

You could even learn new skills or hone old ones with the new Paddle and Pedal event.  Spend the morning with expert tuition canoeing down the Wye to lunch in Hay on Wye before saddling up for a guided cycle ride back through quiet country lanes.  Or why not try the Rock n Roll event – climb with experts in the morning followed by lunch and a guided mountain bike ride in the afternoon.

This year, Kenton Cool, one of Britain’s leading climbers who led the Ranulph Fiennes’ Expedition to the summits of Eiger and Everest will give a fascinating insight into the life at the top! 
A full programme runs throughout the festival, providing weary walkers and non-walkers with relaxation and entertainment in the evenings as well as alternative day pursuits.  There’s even the chance to relax and unwind with a big band concert and dance and a St David’s Day Twmpath (Welsh Barn Dance). 

The Festival hopes to raise more than £1,000 this year for Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity supported by the Eiger and Everest climbs of Kenton Cool and Ranulph Fiennes.

Check out the Festival website on  for details of these events, concerts, talks and demonstrations, many of which are free.   Programmes and entry forms are available on line or by telephoning the Crickhowell Resource & Information Centre on 01873 811970 or emailing

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Pictures:  Copyright of Crickhowell Walking Festival


Crickhowell, often referred to as ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, is a lovely little market town nestling between the Usk Valley and the Black Mountains, in the Eastern part of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park.  The region is renowned for its locally produced food, excellent pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries, places to stay, with a number of award winners in each category.

Local accommodation varies from simple to luxurious, and a wide choice can be viewed on 

Crickhowell has a good range of shops and services, and trains arrive in Abergavenny – 6 miles away.

Travel times by road are 1 hour to Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol and Gloucester.
Birmingham is a two hour drive, and London is three hours.
Walks which are limited to twenty walkers must be pre-booked.

For further press information please contact:
David Thomas Tel: 01873 812011 or Roger Burrage Tel: 01873 811808