Walk 3717 - printer friendly version
Table Mountain from Crickhowell Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SO219184
Lat 51.8586990 + Long -3.1354680
Postcode NP8 1BP (approx. location only)
This Powys circular walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park starts from Crickhowell (Crughywel) and follows the Beacons Way to the summit of Table Mountain which is the site of the Iron Age hill fort of Crug Hywel. Rising to 451 metres above sea level, Table Mountain offers an excellent view down to Crickhowell.
The start is main car park in Beaufort Street, Crickhowell (grid ref. SO219184). Exit the car park onto the A40 (Beaufort Street) and turn right soon passing the Tourist Information Centre which is a useful source of information. Stay on the A40 to pass the Bear Hotel and a Shell filling station. Turn right at the next junction up Llanbedr Road. Follow this road uphill passing a grassy are on the right. At the end of the grass turn left Oakfield Drive (grid ref. SO220188).
As you walk along Oakfield Drive you get a good view up to Table Mountain on your right. Follow Fairfield Drive and follow it round to the left (do not go up Cwmbeth Close by mistake). Just before no. 56, turn right up an alley. Cross two roads and continue up to reach some gates. Take the stile signed "Beacons Way". Stay on the Beacons way for about 2.5 kilometres steadily climbing up the pretty valley of Cwm Cumbeth. The climb is steady but never steep and you soon reach a sheepfold on the edge of open country.
Turn right along the wall staying on the Beacons Way for the final steady climb for a kilometre to reach the summit area of Table Mountain (grid ref. SO225208). After the climb you can now relax and enjoy the view and maybe explore the remaining features of the Iron Age hillfort. Say goodbye to the Beacons Way which now heads north. From the summit area continue to the second cairn and then bear left through a ruined stone gateway. Head downhill to turn right onto a grassy path which curves around the lower slopes of the hill.
After 500 metres, turn left (grid ref. SO224203) guided by yellow arrows. The descending path crosses several fields for about 750 metres to reach a gate across the path (grid ref. 225196). Do not go through the gate but turn right through a metal gate and follow the edge of a field to Wern Farm (grid ref. SO223196). Reaching the farm drive, turn left and head downhill to reach Great Oak Road. Turn right and after 240 metres fork right down Llanbedr Road and retrace your steps to the A40 and the car park used at the start of the walk.