Walk Wednesday – Five of the Best at Hay Walking Festival

This week’s Walk Wednesday is a round up of five standout walks for the Hay-on-Wye Walking Festival that takes place in October. 
The 2012 festival’s line up is certainly looking like it will make it a standout event within the Brecon Beacons National Park this year with a great selection of unique and special walks.  So here’s a round up of our top five walks….

Walk 21 – Night Walk – Gospel Pass Car park – 12th October

Brecon Beacons at night by http://www.photographytuition.co.uk ©

How about wandering through the beautiful Welsh countryside with the moon and stars as your guide? This fantastic night walk takes place on Friday 12th October at 19.00 and gives you the opportunity to experience the excitement and challenge of walking and navigating in the dark – you might even spot some nocturnal wildlife en route! What’s more, each walker will have the opportunity to lead the group and find your way without the benefit of daylight. This is a moderate walk for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. Head torches are essential, but lights can be hired if required. The trail is 5.5 miles long and costs £5 per person.

Walk 28 – Resistance – On the Black Hill – 7 miles – 13th October

A scene from Resistance with Michael Sheen ©

Well known author Owen Sheers was raised in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  So when it came to writing a book and making a film about the Germans invading Wales during the Second World War, he knew what landscapes would really make for a scenic story.  Participants can join Nic Howeson on a walk through the locations that were used in the film, including a walk up the “Cat’s Back”.  The walk will finish at White Haywood Farm where viewers will get to see a display of items from Resistance.

Walk 07 – Geocaching – starting at Drover Holidays HQ, HR3 5FA -11th October
The Brecon Beacons is one of the best places in the UK to try your hand at geocaching – what is essentially a giant high-tech treasure hunt that involves following coordinates and hunting for boxes or ‘geocaches’ that are hidden across vast areas of land. If this sounds like fun, come and take part in a taster geocaching trail on Thursday 11th October at 11am. The trail is around 3 miles long and should take around an hour and a half to complete – you’ll even be provided with a GPS unit and given tips on how to use it. The walk costs £5 per group (max 4), book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Walk 11 – Foraging – Starting from the Swan in Hay – 4 miles – 12th October

With its vast amount of wide open spaces, varied climate and wonderfully rich vegetation, it is little wonder that the Brecon Beacons has become known as the perfect playground for keen food scavengers looking to forage and gather together a handful of wild edible delights. The introductory foraging walk on Friday 12th October provides the perfect opportunity for beginners to all the best tips on what to look for, where to look, and how to pick safely. Taking place between 10am and 12pm and costing £5 per person, the walk will mainly focus on fungi, but will also cover other types of foraging.

Walk 45 – Photography Walk – Sunday 14th October

Set off from Hay-on-Wye with expert photographer Hazel Gwatkin.  Not only will you get to enjoy the picturesque sights of Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding area, you’ll also get a great lesson in photography by Hazel who is a professional photographer.  Here’s a chance to find out what that random button on your camera does and how you can get the clearest of pictures.  This is a short walk that offers a very fulfilling day out.

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