Winter Walking in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains look simply stunning when we get a bit of sunshine. That’s Pen Y Fan all dressed in white in the distance. Come and see for yourself and visit The Bear at Crickhowell – named Best Walkers’ Pub in Wales by The Great Outdoors Magazine. We won the Silver Award for the whole of the UK, so there’s plenty to shout about for this hotel in National Park.

A view of the Brecon Beacons showing a snow-capped Pen Y Fan in the distance
Pen Y Fan as seen from Sugarloaf Mountain, which stands behind The Bear.

There are hundreds of miles of footpaths in the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. You can see both sets of mountains from The Bear, and Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in southern Britain is a short drive away.

A view of The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell surrounded by mountains.
You can see both the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons from The Bear.

For the less able-bodied, there are level walks along the towpath of the Monmouth and Brecon Canal, just a mile from The Bear.

The Monmouth and Brecon Canal offers level walks with spectacular views.
The Mon and Brec Canal offers level walks and still some spectacular views.

When the walking is done, come back to The Bear where you will find real fires, real ales and a really friendly welcome. We have hard floors, so you don’t need to worry about walking boots, though please wash them in a puddle beforehand. And we are very dog-friendly at The Bear, so you can bring your four-legged friend as well.

A dog sitting on top of a rock with views of the Brecon Beacons Behind.
There are walks for dogs of all abilities near The Bear.

Dogs can stay in 30 of our rooms and are welcome in the Bar. If you need any information about the walking around The Bear, please visit the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre, just up the road. The Crickhowell Walking Festival runs through the first week of March every year. This year, it runs from the 7th-15th and has guided walks for all grades. If you want to book a room or a meal at The Bear, please ring reception on 01873 810 408 or click on the link below to visit our contact page

Pictures by Tim Jones of Crickhowell-based As You See It Media