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Crickhowell Walking festival 2024 Wet weather – but high spirits

The 16th Crickhowell Walking Festival ran from 9th- 17th March and was maybe the wettest yet, but though walkers were dampened, their spirits definitely were not. A programme of 81 walks, from strolls along the canal to high level challenges across the Beacons and Black Mountains, was delivered for the hundreds of walkers from far and near who joined the Festival to banish their winter blues – including two who dropped in from Ottawa. Over 50 enthusiasts took up the TM5 challenge – up and down Table Mountain as many as five times in the day, the youngest being ten-year old Oliver with his dad. There was also a fine selection of navigation skills workshops and evening events.
Why do all this? Hundreds of pounds were raised to help the important work of this year’s annual charity, Brecon & District Mind and as ever, the Festival raised thousands for Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre, a vital contribution for a charity with no public funding to support its work for the local community, its economic health and the Arts.

Plans are already beginning for CWF 2025. Crickhowell is firmly established at the forefront of British walking festivals, and all achieved by about 100 volunteers who led walks, gave talks and workshops and managed the organisation and admin behind the scenes. A big thank you to them all, and to the local businesses who have again sponsored our walks – another important part of team CWF. CWF 2025 will run from Saturday 8th- Sunday 16th March. Get the dates in your diary now and keep an eye on www.crickhowellfestival.com.

The photograph is this years winner of our photographic competition. Well done and huge congratulations to Peter Lamont.

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