Wales is the first country in the world to have an official long distance footpath around the whole of its coast, a path which is 870 miles long. You can even complete the circuit of Wales by following the Offa’s Dyke Path back to the start (extending the route to more than 1,000 miles). It took a multi-million pound project 6 years to complete and makes the entire Welsh coastline accessible to walkers.
With such a fantastic resources right on our doorstep it’s no wonder that this year’s October Monmouthshire Walking Festival is featuring three walks that take in the Wales Coast Path.
Much of the coast path in Monmouthshire runs through the Gwent Levels, one of the largest surviving areas of ancient grazing marshes in Britain. An area of huge importance for wildlife in South Wales. Our walk starts at the Newport Wetlands nature reserve, with one of the reserve’s wardens leading this part of the walk. It then follows a long section of the Wales Coast Path to Caldicot.
As well as being an important area for nature, the Gwent Levels are important historically. They are registered as an Historic Landscape of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales. On this walk you will see both aspects. There is a visit to the Magor Marsh nature reserve where we will be shown round by an expert from the Gwent Wildlife Trust.
With so much to see, this area offers tremendous opportunities for photography. Our “Focus On Photography” walk will be led by professional photographer Mansel Davies who will be showing you how to improve your photographic skills along the way.
Simply click on the name of the walk above to see more details or to purchase a ticket. For further information on the Wales Coast Path visit: www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
1st October 2012