This year’s walking festival, which showcased 180 miles of glorious Monmouthshire countryside, has come to a close. Despite some inclement Autumn weather, this did not dampen the spirits of walkers who came from all parts of Monmouthshire and beyond and were sustained by copious amounts of cake and steaming cups of tea! Over two thirds of tickets were sold with several walks sold out and one intrepid walker walked every day covering a distance of 118 miles.

Over the 10 days of the festival, ancient churches, chapels, castles and cider houses were visited. Walkers were treated to a tour around Strawberry Cottage Wood, managed by Gwent Wildlife Trust, as well as finding secret World War II Resistance bases in Wentwood forest. Views of unchanging and unspoilt landscapes were enjoyed throughout the county as well as some walkers being challenged to climb all of the mountains of Monmouthshire over two days in the popular Black Mountain area. The festival was then rounded off with a walk through the Clydach gorge for the season of Calan Gaeaf, when the gates of the “other world” are open!

The organisers would like to thank walk leaders, community groups and those who purchased tickets and hope that many more will enjoy the best of walking in Monmouthshire in the years to come.

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