Once again it's time to get your boots on and your walking gear out to head for the hills with Crickhowell's Walking Festival. The festival is a well-established feature on the local calendar. It attracts walkers from all over the country, as well as locals keen to embrace the great scenery that we have on offer.
This year the festival starts on 25th February and runs until 5th March. Each day there is a selection of walks to choose from, ranging from one boot (easy) to four boots (up to 20 miles across the mountains and lasting all day. Walks often have a theme and, for 2017, it is "Legends" to coincide with Wales' Year of Legends. Included amongst the local legends you can explore on the walks are the Afanc of Llangorse, Macnamara of the Grwynefechan, the Lonely Dog of Llanelly Churchyard, Joseph Campbell of the Honddu, Macsen Wledig, the Lady of the Lake and many more! Some may be familiar to you, but others may not - this is chance to better appreciate the area we live in by relating it to the stories that have grown up here. Look for walks with #findyourepic on the website.
Booking opened in December, and walks tend to book up very quickly, so you need to book your places now by visiting the website, www.crickhowellfestival.com
For those that do not want to walk and for walkers who want something to do in the evening, there is an extensive programme of events, including talks and concerts as well as opportunities to improve your outdoor skills and much more. Each year a well-known walker or explorer is featured and this year is no exception with Andy Kirkpatrick giving a keynote talk on Saturday 4th March in the Clarence Hall. The Hall is also the venue for two concerts - the first by Crickhowell Choral Society on St David's Day and the second by Welsh borders band Little Rumba on Friday 3rd March. Other speakers include Jim Perrin - the respected author on climbing and exploring - talking about his latest book The Hills of Wales and Helen Gulek, a mountaineer and adventurer, who was in Nepal at the time of the 2015 earthquake.
Tickets for all the events are also available through the website and, again, booking is essential. You can pick up printed programmes at the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre as well as selected venues in Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Brecon.