Although just a short stroll from the shops, inns and cafés, Porthmawr is tucked away within its own private, peaceful grounds, with ample parking, and fabulous, far-reaching views of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Visitors flock here to shop, eat and enjoy the ambience of a charming, chic small town. A historic 13-arched bridge over the River Usk leads up through narrow streets to the town square, flanked with boutiques and speciality shops selling everything from trendy wellies to arts and crafts. Crickhowell is a foodies’ paradise, with more good places to eat within a 10-mile radius than anywhere else in Wales. And they cater for all tastes, from country inns to gourmet restaurants and fine dining.
The Great Outdoors
The Brecon Beacons have some of the UK’s best outdoor activities. Pen y fan, the highest peak in South Wales, is close by, together with the borderland Black Mountains, Llangorse Lake and Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Crickhowell’s excellent Resource and Information Centre will introduce you to the superb walking, horse riding, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golf and sailing all available locally.
History and Heritage
The Iron Age encampment of Crug Hywel (Hywel’s Fort) looms large above Porthmawr. Crickhowell’s ruined Norman castle, along with our very own medieval gatehouse, have a romantic air. Close by there’s Tretower Court and Castle, a unique two-in-one historic site with an ancient stone keep and handsome manor house. Go north a few miles and you’ll come to the attractive Georgian town of Brecon. In the opposite direction there’s Abergavenny, a prosperous market town full of interest. For industrial heritage there’s the fascinating Big Pit National Coal Museum at Blaenavon, a World Heritage Site
Take your pick from a packed programme of prestigious annual events – the Hay Festival (held at the celebrated ‘town of books’ just half-an-hour from Crickhowell), Brecon Jazz, The Green Man Festival (at the nearby Glan Usk Estate), Crickhowell’s Walking and Dragon Festivals, and the Abergavenny Food Festival… to name but a few.
For more details on any of the above contact Crickhowell Information Centre on 01873 811970.
Or go to www.visitwales.co.uk
See also www.crickhowellinfo.org.uk