Wales Valleys Walking Festival 2013


The eighth annual Wales Valleys Walking Festival is about to kick off with 39 walks stretching over two weeks in September.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to take part in the series of walks which take place at various scenic and historical locations across the valleys, including lakes, waterfalls and hidden caves. All walks are free and are led by trained guides, all hoping to encourage more people to get out into the countryside and enjoy the valleys. You will be able to find out how to tame a raven, stroll around reservoirs and find out about revolutions - industrial and political.

Like the familiar colour grading used on ski slopes, but without a black run in sight, the 39 walking routes are colour coded from an ‘easy’ green to a ‘very strenuous’ red, to reflect the difficulty of the walks.

In Torfaen, the first walk will start on Tuesday, September 10 with a leisurely walk up The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, after catching the bus from Pontypool Active Living Centre, NP4 8AT at 9.30am the walk will start through the City of Newport to Barrack Hill where you will meet the Canal and see the many improvements which have been carried out. The walk should take about six and a half hours.

Then on Monday, September 16 a Heather, Honey & Heritage walk, take in the breath-taking landscape of the Cairn on the Blorenge summit at Keepers Pond. 

This moderate walk starts at 10.30am from Keepers Pond, NP4 9SR will be led by a member of the Forgotten Landscapes Partnership team and local beekeeper Calwyn Glastonbury. 

The duration is 1 and a half hours and will focus on wildlife particularly bees and their importance, heather moorland, land management and the history of Blaenavon World Heritage Site.

The only evening walk in Torfaen is on Friday, September 20, this late evening Canal Bat Walk is a gentle ramble along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to look for bats. 

Meet at 7pm at Pontymoile Basin, Pontypool, NP4 8ER for this one and a half hour, one mile walk.

Cllr Lewis Jones, Deputy Leader at Torfaen council, said: “The valleys have such a rich environment for walking, a truly rollercoaster landscape dotted with heritage sites and spectacular views.

“Wales Valleys Walking Festival is the perfect way to celebrate all that the area has to offer and joining a walk during this festival is a great way to explore the valleys.”

Appropriate clothing and footwear is essential for all walks including walking boots and waterproof clothing. A picnic lunch and a drink is required for all the day time walks and food can be purchased at the end of the evening walks. Also remember to bring your camera and a pencil as this year’s festival has a photography and a writing competition.

To request a brochure or book your place on a walk contact: or call 01495 742333. Visitors can also find Wales Valleys Walking Festival on Facebook, or the or 


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