Monday 29th October 2018
Sorry that the images are not in sequence, blogger is not playing ball.
We needed some supplies and also to recee where the Bear Hotel was in Crickhowell. We are due to meet friends here tomorrow night.
Crickhowell is a lovely village with cobbled streets and tiny alleyways. There are plenty of shops and also a castle to have a look at. There’s not much left of it but it’s srill interesting.
The town suffered very badly during storm Callum this year and they are still recovering and repairing the damage.
Walk wise, we drove and parked up in Govilon next to the disused railway line. This used to be the Abergavenny to Merthyr line until it became part of the larger London, North Western Railway. The line was closed like many were in 1958.
We only stayed on the line past Govilon station where we diverted onto the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, which is still in use leisurely today. It’s a fine canal walk with stunning views.
Just past Gilwern we had to ask if we could get back onto the old railway line. This was because there is a massive new road structure cutting through the valleys and all the os maps are out of date. As it happens a new footbridge has been built across the highway and it gave us access to the minor roads that lead to Gilwern halt. Phew, it was a steep climb.
Many original buildings have been privatised and the old station is still there. Even though it was closed so long ago it is easy to imagine how it all looked.
A Buzzard kept us entertained on our walk back to the car, flying low over our heads and using the trackway like a runway. It was great to watch such a big bird close up.