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 https://www.bearhotel.co.uk/contact/

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

WALKERS PUB OF THE YEAR – SILVER AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that The Bear has won the Silver Award in the UK-wide The Great Outdoors Walkers Pub of The Year category. And it’s a double celebration for Crickhowell, because Crickhowell Adventure just two doors away got the Independent Retailer Bronze Award. Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who voted for us.

Good Dogs Welcome!

We love dogs at The Bear, but we are also well aware of the need for responsible dog ownership in the Brecon Beacons. Here’s a helpful article written by one of the National Park’s Ambassadors.

Real Ales at The Bear

On the guest pump, Gower Gold from the South Wales Coast. The brewers say: “t has refreshing citrus flavours and the lovely aroma of the cascade hops. Brewed since December 2011, this beer has become an all-round firm favourite. Gower Gold clocks in at 4.5% abv and is available all year round.” We say “delicious”. #gowergold #realale #thirstquenching