More than 80 walks in Crickhowell Walking Festival

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the Crickhowell Walking Festival in Wales kicks off its 16th edition on March 9.

The event, which runs until March 17, begins with the first 11 walks and the TM5 Table Mountain Challenge.  The hikes range for two to 17 miles, and from valley strolls to strenuous all-day routes on the high tops. 

The festival also includes workshops and evening events.

Crickhowell is a small town near Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (also known as the Brecon Beacons).

The TM5 is the annual walk (or run) up and down Table Mountain from Crickhowell. Participants can do the 380m (1,247 feet) ascent up to five times, with medals for those doing three or more circuits.

Booking is required for events, and can be accessed here. Some walks are already sold out. The cost for each hike varies, and 65 of the 81 walks are not dog friendly. There are 18 walks that are new to the schedule.

Organisers have also advised of a road closure during the event. From March 11 to 18, the A40 through Glangrwyney village will be closed between 7pm and 6am.  This will impact those travelling from Abergavenny to evening events. Motorists should approach Crickhowell from Gilwern to Crickhowell Bridge on the A4077.