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Living in Crickhowell: The Local Area Guide
Crickhowell is a beautiful little town that lies in the picturesque Usk Valley, just to south of the Black Mountains in Wales. It takes its name from a nearby Iron Age hill fort called Crug Hywel, a Welsh name that was subsequently anglicised local English-speaking people. The town is very close to the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park and has a thriving community with plenty of shops and offices on a busy high street, with many local businesses being family owned and run. Notable landmarks of the town include the handsome 17th-century bridge over the River Usk with its odd number of arches (13 on one side, 12 on the other) and the ruins of Crickhowell Castle. The town’s proximity to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons make it a fantastic place for people who enjoy mountain biking, walking, climbing and fishing.
At the last count in 2011 Crickhowell had a population of 2,063 people. The largest group in the town by age are those between 45 and 59 and the average age is 46 years old. The town has a larger amount of residents born in the UK than the national average and doesn’t have a significant population of any ethnic minority.
Crickhowell High School is a co-educational school with 750 pupils aged 11-18. A recent inspection report rated the school as ‘good’ and was praised for having pupils who ‘feel safe and secure, are well motivated and engaged in their learning, and display well-developed social and life skills’. It is the best performing secondary school in Powys. Crickhowell Community Primary School was rated as ‘good’ and was praised for the high standards of pupil’s wellbeing.
The nearest train station to Crickhowell is Abergavenny with regular services to Birmingham and Manchester via Hereford and Newport. Newport has a half hourly service to London Paddington. The town has a regular bus service from Brecon in the west and Abergavenny in the east, as well as to Cardiff. The BreaconsBus runs a service around the Brecon Beacons National Park from 3 June to 30 September.
Amenities and shopping
Crickhowell is a classic market town with many independent shops, quaint pubs and very beautiful surroundings. One of the most loved landmarks is The Bear Hotel, a former coaching inn that retains its cobbles and archway. The pleasant high street reflects the independent character of the town and has a traditional department store called Webbs, a bookshop, fashion boutiques, gift shops and an outdoor equipment store. There is a varied range of food shops and delis in Crickhowell, including the Black Mountains Smokery, which sells award winning smoked foods, and the Welsh Venison Centre and Beacons Farm Shop. There are also plenty of places to eat in the town, including The Bear, which serves locally sourced food, Yummy Kitchen, which serves food with an Italian flavour, and the Pavlova Ice Cream Parlour.
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