Bird Walks Book Launch

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To celebrate their 50th anniversary the Gwent Ornithological Society is publishing a book of birdwatching walks in Gwent. The book presents over 60 walks to help you explore Gwent’s magnificent countryside and its birds. The routes were provided by twenty-six experienced birdwatchers, each with an intimate knowledge of their particular area.
Features include:
• Detailed maps and directions for each walk
• Birding tips to help you get the best from each walk
• Checklist of Gwent’s birds and what to expect throughout the seasons
• Information on public transport and wheelchair access

The book will be launched on Saturday 2nd November and can be bought for £11.99 from the Gwent Ornithological Society’s website


18th October 2013

Gwent Mountaineering Club Winter Programme

The Gwent Mountaineering Club have just released their winter programme for 2013/14. Gwent Mountaineering Club was established in 1976, and has a membership of over one hundred throughout South East Wales and beyond. They cater for all abilities and activities in mountaineering. Members have a wide range of interests; rock climbing, walking, backpacking, ice climbing, alpinism, mountain biking, mountain marathon walking and fell running. They aim to give people the opportunity to take up new activities as well as to improve their own ability in mountaineering.

If that piques your interest, why not pop over to their website for a look.


18th September 2013

Chepstow Walkers are Welcome – Blackberry Walk

Chepstow Walkers are Welcome’s next walk is coming up soon. Details as follows

Date: Saturday 7th September
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Distance: 3 miles
Grade: Easy
Meeting point: Black Rock Picnic Site, Port Skewett, NP26 5TP.

A chance for blackberry picking on the Wales Coast Path followed by a talk at the Sudbrook Non Political Club given by Peter Strong of the Local History Society on the history of Sudbrook, refreshments available and a chance to taste/purchase award winning produce of The Preservation Society. Angaharad offers a swap crop service for home grown/picked produce. Return to Black Rock Picnic Site for an optional BBQ (bring your own food). All welcome

Lovely views to the Severn Estuary and a chance to learn about this fascinating area.

For further information please refer to:




About Walkers are Welcome

Walkers are Welcome is a national community- led scheme run by the locations themselves as places which have something special to offer walkers. It strengthens a town’s reputation as a place for visitors to come and enjoy the outdoors, bringing useful benefits to the local economy and ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefitting both local people and visitors. For more information on Walkers are Welcome please refer to:

24th August2013

Epic Birthday Trek

Abergavenny Cross StSantiagoCompostela






Keen Abergavenny walker Keith Chammings has chosen an unusual way to mark his 70th Birthday. Not for him a short stroll to the local pub for a few celebratory drinks with some friends. No, on 11th April this year Keith leaves on an epic 1400 mile trek from Abergavenny to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

Keith is a regular walker with Monmouthshire Walking Festival and frequently chalks up the most miles walked by anyone during the week, so we have no doubts that he will complete his birthday challenge. Monmouthshire Walking Festival would like to wish Keith every success with this fantastic effort.

During his walk, Keith will be raising money for Longtown Mountain Rescue. If you would like to donate, Keith has a page on the Just Giving website.


16th March 2013

Walkers are Welcome is 100

Walkers are Welcome have announced that Abergavenny is the 100th town to gain WaW accreditation. Abergavenny joins Chepstow and Monmouth as Monmouthshire towns in the WaW network. The Abergavenny WaW group received the good news at a meeting in the town on the 12th February.

Here’s what the WaW newsletter had to say.

WaW is 100!
We are thrilled to announce that Abergavenny has just become the 100th member of the WaW Network. Kate Humble has agreed to be their Patron, which is a coup for this town which is a gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park. This is an amazing achievement for an initiative that started less than 6 years ago. We plan to make quite a splash about this, sending out press releases to national organisations.



About Walkers are Welcome

Walkers are Welcome is a national community- led scheme run by the locations themselves as places which have something special to offer walkers. It strengthens a town’s reputation as a place for visitors to come and enjoy the outdoors, bringing useful benefits to the local economy and ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefiting both local people and visitors. For more information on Walkers are Welcome please refer to:

20th February 2013

Crickhowell Walking Festival 2013

The Crickhowell Walking Festival will soon be upon us. Here’s what they are saying about their 2013 festival.

From 1st to 10th March, the Crickhowell Walking Festival celebrates its 6th successful year with a record 88 walks and an exciting programme of supporting events.
Each year Crickhowell has hosted a programme of guided walks mainly in the Black Mountains, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Walks are graded, so you should be able to find something to suit your ability – from all day, demanding, treks across mountain and moorland to more gentle strolls through fields and along the river Usk or the Brecon canal.
This year the most demanding trek is a consecutive three day event which covers all thirteen peaks over 2000 feet in the Black Mountains. You can walk on any one of the three days or choose to do all three – a certificate will be awarded to those who complete all thirteen peaks. You are also asked to raise money for the Festival’s chosen charity, which this year is Action for Kids.
If you fancy something easier, then there are two walks through the Glanusk Estate, taking in river and canal, along a newly opened footpath, allowing you a glimpse of this beautiful estate’s lands and river frontage. Or you could go bird watching with an expert guide.
Do you wish to bolster your confidence on the mountains? Then there are courses – both classroom and outdoors – on map reading and navigation.
How are your photography skills? Renowned landscape photographer Nigel Foster is leading a workshop for those who want to combine their walking and photography.
In the evenings there are a quizzes and talks on local and national topics of interest. The keynote speaker this year is John Blashford-Snell, the veteran explorer and leader, who will talk about his life of exploration – which is still going strong!
Finally, relax and enjoy the music of Wales’ premier swing/jazz band – the Keith Little Band.
What better way to welcome Spring than to spend a few days in lovely Crickhowell, with its unique shops, beautiful scenery, great places to eat and stay and fantastic walking?

If that piques your interest, why not pop over to their website for a look.


18th January 2013

2013 Dates Announced

The 2013 Monmouthshire Walking Festival will run from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October. We will be offering walks covering the length and breadth of Monmouthshire that showcase the best walking that the county has to offer.

Up to date news for the 2013 festival can also be found on Monmouthshire Walking Festival’s Facebook pages.


14th January 2013

Festival Elects New Committee

Rounding off another successful year, the Walking Festival AGM was held at The Star Inn, Llansoy on Thursday December 6th at 7.00pm. The committee elected to run the Monmouthshire Walking Festival in 2013 are Clare Scutts – Chair, Diana Standing – Secretary, Ian Scutts – Treasurer and Clare Page – Committee Member.

The new team are looking forward to building on the success of previous festivals to bring the best of walking in Monmouthshire to as wide an audience as possible.


7th December 2012

Walking Festival Features Wales Coast Path

Wales Coast Path LogoWales 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.

Newport Wetlands and 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.

A Marshland Meander

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.

Focus On Photography

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:


1st October 2012

More Monmouthshire!

We’re back and we’re bigger and better than ever. We’ve got more walks, more leaders, more Monmouthshire! Tickets go on sale today for our second October walking festival.

We have teamed up with Wales Coast Path, MonBrec 200, Lower Wye Ramblers, Shirenewton Local History Society, Monmouth Civic Society, The Woodland Trust, Monmouthshire Countryside Service as well as The Brecon Beacons National Park to bring you 30 walks over 10 days.

You told us what you wanted and we listened.

You wanted a challenge. Why not walk the whole of the Monnow valley in two days? We follow the border country between Wales and England through historic villages, a variety of terrain and always stunning scenery.

You wanted mountain walking. The Blorenge, Sugar Loaf, Skirrid, Bryn Arw and Chwarel y Fan are all on our list.

You wanted woods and waterfalls, castles and coastal paths, marshland and market towns, photography and pubs, valleys and vineyards. From trees to our special “Trig or Treat” we have walks that are as varied as the county itself.

All walks are ticketed and reservations can be made on this website or from Monmouthshire Tourist Information Centres.

Autumn is a magical time of the year so why not check out our programme and enjoy the best of walking in Monmouthshire once again?


1st September 2012

A Feast Of A Walk

As a taster for October, Monmouthshire Walking Festival has teamed up with Abergavenny Food Festival to offer you a special walk.

“Ingredients for a fine walk” provides the perfect recipe for an enjoyable day out in the stunning countryside around Abergavenny. A 10 mile energetic walk to the Blorenge via the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, Keeper’s Pond and the Punchbowl combining beautiful scenery, wildlife and local history.

Click here for details of the walk.


17th August 2012

Pyrenean Challenge

On the 10th of July 2012 Monmouthshire Walking Festival walk leader Tristan Blanchard and and his friend Gareth James intend to make a summit attempt on Pic d’Aneto, located in the Maladeta Massif of the Spanish Pyrenees. At 11,168 ft, Aneto is the highest peak in the Pyrenees mountain range.

Its ascent involves traversing the largest glacier in Europe south of the Alps and crossing the famous “Paso de Mahoma” or “Bridge Of Mohammed”, a knife edge arête just below the summit.

All sponsorship collected will be donated to ‘Community Action Nepal’ (CAN). Started by a group of mountaineers who wanted to give something back to the mountain communities of the Himalayas. CAN has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education and cultural development. If you would like to donate, forms are available at the Monmouth Shire Hall. Alternatively Tristan has a page on the Just Giving website.

Monmouthshire Walking Festival wish Tristan and Gareth every success for this truly challenging climb and in raising money for a great cause.

6th July 2012

Update: Congratulations to Tristan and Gareth who successfully climbed Pic d’Aneto. You can see a video of the climb here. Remember, you can still donate to Community Action Nepal.


16th July 2012

Cotswold Outdoor Offer

Looking forward to a break for the Jubilee – a little bit of partying, a little bit of relaxing, a little bit of shopping? The Festival may be able to help you out…

Thanks to help from our friends in Cotswold Outdoor we are able to bring you the most fantastic offer: purchase any ticket for the June Walking Festival and you will get a voucher giving you a cool 15% off current Cotswold Outdoor stock!

Cotswold have stores throughout the country including six in Wales and the voucher is valid at any store AND on-line! The voucher is valid until 31st August 2012.

Buy your tickets online and your voucher will be sent through by return – purchase from a tourist office and be sure to give us your email so we can forward it to you!

Please spread the word – offers like this are few and far between so we’d like you to make the most of it!


31st May 2012

Sizzling Summer Party

This year Monmouthshire Walking Festival is collaborating with the Usk Festival to host a Summer Solstice Party at the Usk Rural Life Museum on Sunday 24th June starting at 6:30 pm.

Summer Solstice Party PosterWhy not spend a summer’s evening relaxing at the newly refurbished Rural Life Museum, sample locally made ciders, listen to the sound of jazz band Lounging About and enjoy a casual barbecue in the courtyard? The bar will be open ’til late – be there if you can!

Monmouthshire Walking Festival is also offering a number of walks in the Usk area during the Usk Festival, so check out the walks programme. We’re sure to have a walk to suit you.

We have a website special offer. Buy a combined ticket for the Summer Solstice Party and the Usk Figure of 8 walk and save £2.50 on the normal ticket price. So why not make a day of it and join us for both?


12th May 2012

Chepstow Walkers Footprint of Approval

In mid April 2012, Chepstow became the first accredited Walkers are Welcome town in Monmouthshire. Furthermore, Abergavenny and Monmouth are hoping to be accredited in September before the Autumn Monmouthshire Walking Festival.

To celebrate the accreditation, Chepstow Walkers are Welcome group held a launch event on Saturday 5th May 2012 to coincide with the official opening of the Wales Coast Path.

Courtesy of Chris BrownThe initiative for Chepstow was taken on by a group of enthusiastic local volunteers who all share a love of walking and the town and surrounding countryside. The application was fully endorsed by the Town Council and a petition of almost 1,000 signatures were collected from local residents demonstrating their support.
Chepstow lies at the foot of the Wye Valley in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has the added benefit of 4 long distance paths that start/finish in the town. These are the Wales Coast Path, Offa’s Dyke, Wye Valley Walk and Gloucestershire Way. It has excellent national transport links, a wide range of accommodation, many independent shops and a regular Farmers Market. Over the coming 12 months the Chepstow Walkers are Welcome group has plans in the pipeline to make it a haven for walkers. For further information please refer to:




About Walkers are Welcome

Walkers are Welcome is a national community- led scheme run by the locations themselves as places which have something special to offer walkers. It strengthens a town’s reputation as a place for visitors to come and enjoy the outdoors, bringing useful benefits to the local economy and ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefitting both local people and visitors. For more information on Walkers are Welcome please refer to:

5th May 2012

Wales Coast Path Official Opening

“Discovering the shape of a nation”

Wales Coast Path LogoAs you have probably heard, there is now an official long distance footpath around the whole of the Welsh coast and it is 870 miles long. You can even complete the circuit by following the Offa’s Dyke Path back to the start (extending the route to more than 1,000 miles) which makes Wales the only country in the world with a path such as this. This multi-million pound project which took 6 years to come to fruition has linked up existing coastal paths with newly created ones to make the entire Welsh coastline accessible to walkers. It is of course, the much anticipated Wales Coast Path, voted by Lonely Planet magazine as the World’s Greatest Region in its 2012 travel guide. For further information on the Wales Coast path visit:

Representatives of Monmouthshire Walking Festival were in Chepstow and Cardiff as the the launch celebrations took place.

The southern end of the path starts by the old bridge on the bank of the River Wye in Chepstow. The start is marked by a large stone and a circular mosaic embedded in the path and designed by a local potter, Ned Hayward. It follows a route near the river mainly on footpaths around the edge of Chepstow, passing the end of the newly established Tewdric’s Trail in Mathern to reach the coast on the edge of the Bristol Channel and following it towards Newport. That is the Monmouthshire section.

A ceremony was held in Chepstow to mark the opening of the path and to celebrate the official accreditation of Chepstow becoming a Walkers are Welcome Town. The walk was organised by the Lower Wye Ramblers in conjunction with Monmouthshire Countryside Service.

The Chepstow Singers entertained the crowd before the Mayor of Chepstow cut the ribbon to open the path. Local walking groups including Walkers are Welcome and Monmouthshire Walking Festival also had displays in the local TIC. Walkers are Welcome also very kindly provided refreshments on the day.

An official group of about 90 walkers, organised by Lower Wye Ramblers and preceded by local scout groups, then set out to walk to Sudbrook on the coast path, a distance of just under 7 miles.

The route itself is very well marked with finger and waymark posts. Markers have even been embedded in the pavement in places where the route follows short sections of road in the suburbs.

Once out of Chepstow itself the walker is rewarded with views across the Wye and eventually across the Severn. There are many opportunities to see many varieties of birds along this section both in the woodland near Chepstow and along the estuary. It is also a great path to view the engineering feat of the Severn Bridges as well as the history of the Severn Railway tunnel around Sudbrook.

Despite being such a large group for this walk, members kept together well and kept up a comfortable pace all the way to Sudbrook where refreshments were laid on before using buses to return to the start.

In Cardiff Bay, TV news presenter Frances Donovan hosted the day’s events which included St Clare’s School children’s choir and the Duo-Flex Sound of Steel kicking off proceedings. Then at 12.30p.m. Environment Minister John Griffiths officially opened the Wales Coast Path.

Wales Coast Path runner, Anne-Marie Beresford-Webb later passed the baton to walker Dave Quarrell. Dave is walking the 1027 miles around the coast and border of Wales in June 2012 to raise money for Cancer Research. His blog can be followed at: and he will be walking the Monmouthshire section of Offa’s Dyke and the coastal path on days 68 to 70.

After the opening ceremony, Ramblers Cymru began a series of walks and those that remained in Roald Dahl Plas were treated to Welsh folk dancing and a male voice choir.

A great day then, with the Welsh weather proving very kind indeed. If all of this has captured your imagination, then Monmouthshire Walking Festival has a walk for you. Why not try our Castle Coast and Countryside walk? Taking place on June 29th as part of our summer festival, we’re starting in the grounds of Caldicot Castle through St.Pierre’s Great Woods then past Monmouthshire’s last corn mill to the St Pierre Golf resort with its ancient manor house and church. It is here we join the Wales Coast Path passing historic Black Rock with its salmon fishery and then to Sudbrook built to construct the Severn Tunnel, and then back, passing an iron age fort and the Second Severn Crossing. Why not check out details of this and other walks on offer at:

5th May 2012

Brush up your navigation skills

Are you new to walking or want to attempt more challenging walks but are concerned about getting lost? Perhaps you walk regularly but want to update your skills? Then Monmouthshire Walking Festival has an event for you!

Monmouthshire Walking Festival has teamed up with Treads and Trails (one of Monmouthshire’s leading outdoor activity companies) to offer a navigation course for walkers. The course will run on two evenings during the June 2012 festival, Tuesday 26th June at The Raglan Arms, Llandenny and Friday 29th June at Chepstow Tourist Information Centre.

The course will consist of an introduction to the basic principles followed by a practical session to develop your map reading and navigation skills and will last 2 to 2.5 hours.

3rd May 2012

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 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

Monmouthshire Walking Festival leads the way

Several months of hard work have come to a close as the Monmouthshire Walking Festival completed its mammoth ten day festival. Thirty walks were offered between October 21st and 31st 2011 covering the breadth of the county (and a few overspills into Old Monmouthshire!).

“The response from walkers was exceptional”, reported Chairperson Clare Scutts. “With half term, Rugby World Cup and not the kindest weather conditions we were not sure how visitors would respond. In the end 93% of all tickets were sold – with ironically the most challenging walks being the best sellers!”

The Walking Festival had collaborated with many local groups – Usk and Abergavenny Astronomical Society, Shirenewton, Chepstow, Monmouth and Abergavenny Historical Societies and Usk Conservation Group to put together the programme. Whilest Lottery Funding helped them on their way, private sponsors Trekitt and St Pierre gave the Festival a huge boost, not to mention the pubs and restaurants who ensured that each walk had its own sponsor. The Festival is in a strong position to go forward next year and we are confident that there is the demand to make a second event possible.

We are much indebted to our walk leaders who often helped on several walks and without whom clearly the Festival could not take place.

The Walking Festival AGM will be held at The Babington Centre, Trellech on Thursday December 8th at 7.30pm

10th November 2011

Competition Winner

Congratulations to R. Jenkins, Ross-on-Wye, who won our prize draw of Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two, kindly donated by The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny.

6th November 2011

Champagne Tea for Two

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny are giving walkers at this year’s Monmouthshire Walking Festival the chance to win a fabulous Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two.

Simply buy a walk at the walking festival and you will be entered into our free prize draw. The more walks you buy, the more chances you have to win. So why not look through our selection of thirty walks which showcase the best of walking in Monmouthshire?

The draw will be made on 1st November 2011 and the lucky winner will be contacted by 8th November 2011. Terms and conditions apply.

20th October 2011

Big Lottery Boost

Monmouthshire Walking Festival, backed by TV presenter Kate Humble, has received another welcome boost today in the form of a grant of over one thousand pounds from the Big Lottery Fund.

Monmouthshire Walking Festival Chairperson, Clare Scutts, personally received the cheque for £1,110 from the Big Lottery Fund Outreach Manager for Wales, Andrea Clarke.

“We have had a tremendous start to the festival, which has been backed by TV personality Kate Humble,” says Clare. “To receive this cash has given us a huge boost. We rely on volunteers to sit on the committee and lead the groups but some funds are required to help us get the word out there. We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for giving us that helping hand. It is a real community effort and we are thrilled to see ticket sales being made to all the surrounding counties. We are hoping the weather will be kind to us for the duration as there are some spectacular viewpoints in Monmouthshire – fingers crossed as they say!”

For more information see – Big Lottery Fund

30th September 2011

Red Letter Day

Walking Festival tickets go on sale

September 1st 2011 is a red letter day for the Monmouthshire Walking Festival as tickets go on sale for the first time and the committee wait with baited breath to see the audience response.

The idea of a Walking Festival is not new to Monmouthshire but is now privately run by a group of four who aim to broaden its scope and its appeal as the new programme makes clear.

“We have set about working in a different way – by contacting local societies and asking them to create a walk with us we can introduce people to everything from badger watching to astronomy, local history to Nordic Walking,” said Chairperson Clare Scutts.

The programme comprises ten days of walks with literally something for everyone – at least one ‘serious’ walk a day and then a special interest event which helps us discover a little more about what’s going on in Monmouthshire.

The Festival runs from 21st – 31st October 2011, everything is ticketed and all walks are limited to 15 people to make sure the group moves at a suitable pace. Outlines of each walk can be found on the website Tickets can be bought online or via Tourist Information Centres and once you purchase a ticket you gain start and finish times contact details and equipment briefings.

As the Festival is a start up, the organisers are heavily reliant on good word of mouth. Clare added, “Join us on Facebook, tell your friends and family, download one of our posters and post it in your village – the Festival is all about chipping in and everyone can help in making the Festival a success.”

1st September 2011

Local Celebrity Supports Festival

After a chance meeting between one of our committee members  and local resident and Spring Watch presenter Kate Humble, whilst out walking in Monmouthshire, Kate has kindly agreed to offer her support to the Monmouthshire Walking festival. Here’s what Kate has to say about the delights of walking in Monmouthshire.


“What is it that makes a good walk? Do you look for woodland or open fields? Do you like the exhilaration of a heart-thumping climb and the reward of a spectacular view, or prefer a gentle saunter along a river bank and the chance siting of a kingfisher? Do you look for historical monuments and ancient routes that have been used for hundreds of years? Or perhaps you walk to get closer to our natural world; to smell the wildflowers, admire soaring birds of prey or get glimpses of shy deer? Picnic or pub? One mile or twenty? And once you’ve decided all that, where do you go? It’s simple. You can do all these things in Monmouthshire. Of course, I’m biased. This is my home and I love it. I think I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And like wanting to pass on a great recipe or recommend a good book, I want you to discover Monmouthshire the way I did – on foot. The Monmouthshire Walking Festival will allow you to do just that. There are numerous guided walks for every level of walker, so lace up your walking boots and come and experience all the wonderful variety and diversity Monmouthshire has to offer. Then you can have the pleasure of introducing your friends to one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

Kate Humble

25th July 2011

Festival Launch

At Monmouth’s Shire Hall, representatives of walking interests in Monmouthshire came together to hear about the future of Monmouthshire Walking Festival.

The festival was initiated by adventa, the county council’s rural development programme as part of its support for festivals and events. Previous festivals were run by adventa in 2009 and 2010 and successfully attracted walkers from across Monmouthshire and beyond. In line with project objectives, adventa has now handed over the festival to a volunteer, not for profit organisation who will be taking the festival forward.

The committee of the newly formed Monmouthshire Walking Festival are Chris Brown, Helen Kenneally, Clare Scutts and Sue Waters. At the meeting Chris explained that their plans were still being finalised but that they intended to hold a festival from 22nd – 31st October 2011, offering a range of walks to showcase the best of walking in Monmouthshire.

For more information see – Monnow Voice

21st June 2011