Trio of coastal walking festivals

by Webmaster, 12th April 2019

Three spring walking festivals are taking place on the Welsh coast in the coming weeks...

Photo: © Jeff Davies

Walkers on the Welsh coast are going to be well-served in the coming weeks, thanks to a trio of long-time favourite festivals which are returning once again. 

Starting in Conwy, the Trefriw Walking Festival will be offering visitors the chance to get out and explore this scenic part of North Wales, from 17th to 19th May.

Walks to look out for include a trek up Snowdon led by two of the mountain’s volunteer wardens, a leisurely early morning dawn chorus amble through Gwydir Forest – where you’ll learn how to identify different bird species by their song – as well as a truly fascinating exploration of standing stones, hill forts, field systems and other ancient archaeological features.

Other highlights include a combined hike and bike-based trek taking in the lanes and lakes of the Conwy Valley, and a two-day trek through the Ogwen Valley.

Down in Carmarthenshire on the south coast, the Llanelli Festival of Walks (pictured) between 24th and 27th May will include some fantastic routes for ramblers.

Among the walks to choose from is a nine-mile exploration of Angle Bay and Freshwater West in the neighbouring county of Pembrokeshire, a meandering wander along the River Teifi from Newcastle Emlyn to the idyllic Cenarth Falls, and a relatively relaxed walk from the dunes of Merthyr Mawr Warren to both Candleston and Ogmore castles, crossing the River Ewenny along the way.

A two-mile walk centred on the iconic Porthkerry Viaduct will launch the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival – set to descend on the South Wales county from 21st to 26th May.

Other top routes in the festival walks programme include a visit to the Dinas Powys Hillfort, an all-day adventure taking in the glorious Glamorgan Heritage Coast – including landmarks like the Nash Point Lighthouse and St Donat’s Castle – along with a wildlife-spotting walk around the village of Wenvoe.

The festival will also feature a walk starting and finishing in Cowbridge, which takes in the historic Llansannor Court and Penllyn Castle; meanwhile a circular ramble from Penarth across the Cardiff Barrage to the centre of the Welsh capital, passes by the Norweigian Church and Welsh Assembly.

• Trefriw Walking Festival, 17th-19th May. For more information, visit www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk

• Llanelli Festival of Walks, 24th-27th May. For more information, visit www.llanelliramblers.org.uk

• Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival, 21st-26th May. For more details, visit www.valeofglamorganwalkingfestival.org.uk


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