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Crickhowell from the river Usk with Table Mountain in the background
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The town of Crickhowell lies on the river Usk on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons.
The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957 and covers an area of some 519 square miles. The Park is mostly grassland and is grazed by Welsh Mountain Ponies and Sheep. It also has a number of reservoirs and waterfalls. The area is ideal for walking, camping, cycling, horse riding, fishing and mountain climbing and due to its remoteness there are also a number of Mountain Rescue stations based at various places around the mountains
St Edmund's Church © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
St Edmunds Church is set in wonderful part of the Usk Valley, near to the edge of the Breacon Beacons National Park. The church was built towards the end of the 12th century and was like many churches increased in size with the addition of extra ailes.in the 19th century. The church has many interesting features; there are the two windows at the end west end of the aisles by Charles E Kempe. The one depicts The Flight into Egypt with the Angel Gabriel leading the holy family to safety.
The church also has stone effigies of Lady Sybil and her husband, Sir Grimbald Pauncefote who founded the church, along with several other memorials to local families.
The river Usk rises on the northern slopes of the Black Mountain in the Breacon Beacons National Park. The whole river is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has many interesting features, such as mud flats, salt marshes, lagoons and bog lands as well as the natural grasslands and woodland that lie on the adjacent fields and hills.
For those with a keen interest in wildlife there is plenty to see with a variety of wildlife visible. You can see otters, herons, kingfishers and various types of fish that live in the river such as salmon, trout and perch. The area has a number of red kites visiting it following the breeding programme in Mid Wales.
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