The Old Rectory Country Hotel is close to many wonderful walks
Many guests at The Old Rectory Country Hotel use this strategically located Brecon Beacons Hotel to seek out the many attractions that the local area has to offer. This is a beautiful part of Wales, with traditional market towns, stunning landscape, canal paths, castles and plenty of family attractions. The scenery here is both beautiful and diverse - rolling countryside and valleys, wide open spaces to the wild beauty of the waterfalls and caves.
Llangattock lies to the south of the River Usk opposite Crickhowell town. It is an area of great natural beauty, dominated by the limestone crags of Mynydd Llangatwg. The oldest part of Llangattock is centred round St Catwg's Church, which dates back to the 11th Century. Some of Britain's longest cave systems lie concealed beneath this hill, including Ogof y Daren Cilau and Ogof Agen Allwedd together with the shorter though more accessible cave of Eglwys Faen (or 'stone church'). The great natural amphitheatre formed by the cliffs of Craig y Cilau and the quarried Daren Cilau was designated a national nature reserve on account of a variety of rare plants, notably species of whitebeam endemic to the area. The hollow itself is thought to be a product of both glacial action and a massive rotational landslip during the ice ages.
Plenty of hiking trails to explore perched above the Usk Valley overlooking towns of Crickhowell and Gilwern. Llangattock Hillside is a popular scenic spot and offers the chance to explore the limestone quarries along gently sloping quarry tracks. Today the limestone cliffs that form the Llangattock escarpment dominate the skyline in the Crickhowell locality of the national park. Most would agree that it is a striking attractive feature of the landscape. Yet it is not a natural feature rather the results of extensive quarrying in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today the Llangattock escarpment is a favourite locality with cavers from across Europe. There has been no quarrying on this escarpment for nearly 60 years and nature has largely reclaimed the landscape as its own. The quarrying process in effect sectioned the cliff face and in so doing uncovered an entrance to one of the longest cave systems in the United Kingdom with over 12 miles of passages. The western section of the escarpment is now designated as the Craig Y Cilau National Nature Reserve.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
The Old Rectory Country Hotel and Golf Course is adjacent to one of the most scenic and spectacular canals in the UK. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal winds through 35 miles of peaceful countryside all the way from Brecon south to Cwmbran. Its pretty scenery and lightly-locked route make it understandably popular with holidaymakers and makes our hotel an ideal stop. The canal has good views over farmland, woodland and mountains and is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
Nestling in the beautiful Usk Valley and lying to the south of the eastern range of the Brecon Beacons, the town of Crickhowell has attractions that are enticements for all visitors to this wonderful corner of Wales. Spend a quiet day taking a stroll by the River Usk, or explore the Black Mountains at the eastern range of the National Park. The town has existed at least since iron-age settlers built a fort on the top of Crug Hywel, or Table Mountain as it is now known. The area was known to the Romans who built forts within the region. A motte and bailey castle, remains of which still exist, was built by the Normans. A well known feature of the town is the 16th century bridge spanning the River Usk - thirteen arches can be seen from one end of the bridge, whilst only twelve are visible from the other end. Another famous feature of the town is The Bear Hotel, a former coaching inn which retains its 'post horses' archway and original cobbles.