Step Into Summer

Tickets have gone on sale today for the first Monmouthshire Walking Festival of 2012, which runs from Friday 22nd June to Sunday 1st July. Following on from the success of the October festival the organisers will be offering one serious walk every day plus a range of special interest walks and events in collaboration with groups such as the National Trust, Monmouth Civic Society, Usk Conservation and Monmouthshire Countryside Service. Walk leaders have been scouring the length and breadth of Monmouthshire looking for new walks to enjoy!

So what’s in store? If mountain walking is your thing then the Chwarel y Fan walk in one of the most secluded parts of the Black Mountains will get your heart pumping! With stunning views over the Grwyne and Honddu valleys this is one you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy flowers and gardens? Monmouthshire Countryside Service takes a light hearted look at the folklore of flowers whilst walking through the fields and woodlands around Usk. Alternatively, walk from Cwmcarvan and take in the stunning gardens at High Glanau Manor.

The Wales Coastal Path is due to be inaugurated in May this year making Wales the first country to have a path around its coastline. If that captures your imagination, then there is a walk that takes in not only a section of the coastal path but also packs in a castle, a lost village and an iron age hill fort.

If you are new to walking or want to attempt more challenging walks but are concerned about getting lost, then Monmouthshire Walking Festival has an event for you. They have teamed up with Treads and Trails to offer navigation courses for walkers.

In recognition of the bicentenary of the opening of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal there are two walks that take in the canal’s pretty scenery and rich industrial history. Who knows, you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher!

Local celebrity Kate Humble has kindly agreed once again to support the festival and sings the praises of walking in Monmouthshire. “I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And like wanting to pass on a great recipe or recommending a good book, I want you to discover Monmouthshire the way I did – on foot”.

Outlines of the walks can be found on the festival website www.walkinginmonmouthshire.org and tickets can be bought online.

So why not lace up your walking boots and enjoy the best of walking in Monmouthshire from June 22nd – July 1st?

1st May 2012

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