Best Walking Festival, Best Walkers’ Pub

Bear Walking Festival Blog

Come to Crickhowell for a fabulous week of walks and events, and eat and stay at the Best Walkers’ Pub in Wales.  Early March (7th-15th this year) sees the annual Crickhowell Walking Festival; 9 days of guided walks, talks and events in the beautiful Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.  And The Bear at Crickhowell is right at the heart of it; we were named Silver Medallist in the UK-Wide Walkers’ Pub of the Year 2019 competition run by The Great Outdoors Magazine, and the Best in Wales.  We are a venue for Walking Festival events, a luxurious place to stay and a stopping point for breakfast, lunch, dinner, real ale or gin and aromatic tonic.

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place in some of the finest countrysides in the UK

You can find details of the Walking Festival on their website:

There 84 walks and events in all with different grades of difficulty, ranging from One to Four Boots. 

  • As most of the walks take place on open mountain and moorland, appropriate clothing is required at all times.
  • This includes:- walking boots (not trainers), hat, gloves, warm clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • You will need to bring your own food and drink (preferably a hot drink for the 3 and 4 boot walks). The Bear offers packed lunches by arrangement.
  • You should carry a rucksack to put your spare clothing, food and drink and personal items in.

Don’t worry about boots at The Bear, we have hard floors, so they are not a problem, just try to wash them off as well as you can before you come in.  Your dog is welcome, too, we are very dog-friendly at The Bear.

We have hard floors, so dogs and boots are welcome.

If you want to come at other times of the year, The Bear is on the Eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the pretty town of Crickhowell.  We have the Black Mountains to our back and the Brecon Beacons in front of us.  We are at the head of a uniquely independent High Street, full of quirky, family-run businesses and winner of the Best High Street in the UK Award 2018.

We have three bars and two restaurants.  We have oak beams and real fires and we pride ourselves on our wide-ranging menu and speed of service if that is what you require (we won’t hurry you if you want a leisurely meal instead.) We also offer packed lunches by arrangement.

If you want to stay, we have 36 uniquely furnished rooms, some with four-poster beds and spa baths.  Dogs can stay in most rooms for a small extra charge. 

And you can start your day off with a hearty breakfast before venturing out on your organised walk.  We are serving a full breakfast each morning. Includes choice of cereals, fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, porridge, Greek yoghurt and fruit yoghurts to start followed by a freshly cooked breakfast from our extensive menu including Haddock, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full Welsh breakfast with bacon and sausages sourced from our local butcher FE Richards, just across the road. All this accompanied by fresh toast and croissants and Welsh preserves along with tea and coffee. Breakfast is complimentary for B+B guests and £12.95 per head for non-residents but  booking is essential by calling 01873 810408

So, we have it all one of the best Walking Festivals in the UK, one of the Best Walkers Pubs too: The Bear at Crickhowell.