Stay at The Bear, Powys and enjoy a stunning circular walk up Table Mountain

Given we are just over half way through National Walking Month, what better time to share yet another fantastic walk beginning just a short distance away from a member of The Great Inns of Britain.

Last week, we told you how you could enjoy National Walking Month at The Victoria Inn, Norfolk and today we travel west to deepest Powys in Wales.

Perched on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, you’ll find another of our properties – The Bear in the small town of Crickhowell.

A historic former coaching inn dating back to 1432, the 35 ensuite bedroom hotel is a haven for ramblers with some of Wales’ finest countyside based on its doorstep.

Table Mountain

Standing proud above the town and River Usk, Table Mountain can be seen from miles around Crickhowell. As the name suggests, this peak is easily distinguishable given its iconic flat top.

After all, the small town of Crickhowell actually earns its name from the Welsh word for Table Mountain – Crug Hwyel.

Rising 1,480 ft into the air, guests of The Bear can ramble this proud peak by enjoying a circular walk to the summit and back during their stay.

When we say this route is accessible, we truly mean it with the final stage (12) (see below) based literally next to The Bear car park when returning downhill.

A circular walk of Table Mountain, Crickhowell

Thanks to Kevin Walker, an experienced walking guide who bases himself at The Bear, he has devised a 12-stage circular walking route of Table Mountain, Crickhowell.

Taking around three hours to complete, you can view his heritage guide to Table Mountain by clicking here.

  1. Starting at the west end of town, walk up Pregge Lane past several large houses
  2. A short way up the hill where the lane trends left, turn right over a small footbridge
  3. EITHER shortly after the bridge turn left over a stile, go past the buildings and follow a vague path up the left side of the field, alongside the Cwmbeth Dingle
    3B. OR continue to a junction and turn left up an obvious path between hedges – this path can become very overgrown at Spring and Summer
  1. The two routes meet at a stile and gate. Now follow the obvious path through the woods, up the right side of the dingle.
  2. At the end of the woods, cross the stream and walk through the meadow along the left bank. At the far end, follow the stream and then a walled track
  3. The walled track leads to a sheep fold. Leave this via the upslope exit and follow the well-defined path to the right, heading towards the high ground to the left of the obvious summit of Table Mountain
  4. The summit of Table Mountain is easily reached from the ridgetop path by scrambling up the rocks at its northern end. The southern slopes are very steep so it is better to descend via the “gate” in the defences and follow a good path leading down to the right. Follow the path to the lower right corner of the field below.
  5. Cross the obvious stile and continue down the track until until you come to a stile on the left, above the ruin of Dolygaer
  6. Cross the waymarked stile on the left, and walk down the left edge of the fields below via several more stiles. Please follow the waymarks carefully
  7. Eventually you reach a track between high hedgerows. Just before this ends, go through a gate on the right and walk across the narrow field to another gate that leads into a farmyard. Turn left and walk down the lane to reach the road at another gate
  8. The narrow path immediatley to the right will take you back to Pregge Lane and thus back to the start. Alternatively, follow the lane to the right to travel back to the centre of Crickhowell
  9. At the first junction, bear right to go directly to Crickhowell; keep left then turn right at the T-junction to return to the car park

Staying at The Bear, Powys

Ready to plan your adventure to the Brecon Beacons?

Check out room tariffs for The Bear below. Prices are per room per night and include breakfast.

Four Poster Room
Single: £175
Double or Twin: £225

Unique Feature Rooms
Single: £152
Double or Twin: £190

Extra beds for children (aged 16 or under) are £25 per night including full breakfast
Cots are available for £10 per night

Courtyard Rooms
Single: £121
Double or Twin: £139

Extra beds for children (aged 16 or under) are £25 per night including full breakfast
Cots are available for £10 per night

Standard Rooms
Single: £98
Double or Twin: £118

Small Standard Rooms
Single: £90
Double: £112

Cots are available for £10 per night

Call 01873 810 408 to make your reservations today.

Click here to find out more information about The Bear, Powys.

The Bear Hotel at Crickhowell - one of The Great Inns
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