Get your Boots on for Monmouthshire Walking Festival!

Next weekend is Monmouthshire’s fourth annual walking festival. Looking North, South, East and West, the festival is sure to bring walkers from far and wide! 

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© Kiran Ridley

Over ten days there will be a huge variety of walks taking place, lead by local enthusiasts and experienced guides, and allowing you the opportunity to experience Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons in all its glory. Whatever your level of fitness and experience, there’s a walk for you!

Experience the wonderful, unspoiled landscapes of the Beacons, and discover some of the hidden gems of the region in the form of ruins, churches and other sites of historical interest, all in amongst panoramic views of the area and stunning scenery.

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© Kiran Ridley

There’s something for everyone at the Monmouthshire Walking Festival, with the ‘Ghoulies and Ghosties of the Clydach Gorge’ walk to entertain the kids in a family oriented walk, or if you’re an experienced walker, why not take on the ‘Black Mountains Challenge Walk’, a challenging 2-day walk that last for 8 hours each day and is a wonderful, if hard-going, exploration of the Brecon Beacons.

Here are a few of the walks still on offer, but be quick as tickets are selling fast!

1. Ghoulies and Ghosts of the Clydach Gorge (Sunday 27th Oct. 10am)

Join David Smith in this season of Calan Gaeaf, when the gates of the other world are open. A moderate walk through the Clydach Gorge which has a rich folklore of ghosts, apparitions and unearthly phenomena of various kinds, you will hear about (and sense?) the Ty Gwyn Poltergeist, the Tyla Apparition, Y han Wrach y Bryniau (The Mountain Witch), the dreaded two-faced ghost and the fairies of Cwn Pwcca! Come and brave the headless hound of Cwn Sion matthew and visit the grave of Colonel Sandeman’s faithful dog in Llanelli Churchyard, for a walk and experience to remember! 

2. A Church, a Chapel and a Hill Fort (Thursday 25th Oct. 9:30am)

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© Kiran Ridley

Get a feel for the ancient civilizations of the Brecon Beacons, steeped in the history of battles, bloodshed and religion. Clive Williams, Warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority leads a moderate walk to the Twyn Y Gaer Iron Age Hill Fort, past the ‘Stone of Revenge’ down to the church and holy well at Partrishow and past the Tabernacle Chapel on return. Get a real feel for the ancient landscapes of the Brecon Beacons!

3.Black Mountains Challenge Walk (Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th Oct 9am)

Join John Winser for two days of challenging walks in the beautiful Black Mountains, covering all of Monmouthshire’s official mountains and much more! Take on steep ascents and descents, reaching up to 800m on Pen Y Gadair Fawr, and experience a wealth of history, landscape and spectacular scenery. Not for the feint hearted!

4. A Llan-tastic Walk! (Sunday 19th Oct. 9am)

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© Kiran Ridley

Taking you through the parishes of Llandewi Skirrid, Llanfihangel Crucorney and Llangattock Lingoed, you will climb the Big Skirrid then follow sections of the Brecon Beacons, an old horse-drawn tramway and Offa’s Dyke Path, past  3 churches, 2 courts and 2 hostelries! There will also be the opportunity to visit a rare listed 18th century cider house as well as plenty of other historical sites along the way.

5. History and Natural History of the Blorenge (Tuesday 22nd Oct. 9:30am)

A gentle to moderate walk lead by Steve Smith of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, with the theme of local industrial history, natural history and land management issues. The walk takes a scenic loop and is a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating natural and industril history of the area.

6. Under That Lofty Sky (Friday 25th Oct. 9:35am)

A delightful and exhilarating walk following, in part, the Beacons Way via Great brecon_beacons-40Llwygy Farm, where you can see birds of prey in their aviaries, and along part of the Hatterall Ridge where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The route then winds round past the twisted and bent church of St. Martin, which dates back to the middle ages before returning to the Skirrid Mountain Inn.

So lace up your walking boots, grab the camera and get outdoors the the brecon beacons this Autumn!

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