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Walking festivals galore

Getting out in the fresh air has a marvellous effect on people (and their dogs). We see how relaxed customers are, after they've walked the canal towpath or conquered a mountain. There are so many options when it comes to walking in this area of Wales that everyone is catered for. For those who fancy a short stroll, there are delightful walking routes in the county of Monmouthshire, passing through pretty villages. The Brecon Beacons Park Society and the local Ramblers groups offer a range of guided walks all year round.

For enthusiasts who need the next energetic challenge, there are several long-distance trails within a short drive including the Offa's Dyke path, the Wye Valley walk and the Usk valley walk. Popular challenge events include South Wales Three Peaks Trial and Big Black Mountains Challenge.  

It's no surprise that the area has a number of super walking festivals - a chance to meet like-minded walkers and learn more about the area from local guides. Although called by the name of a particular town, you'll find that the walks organised by each festival cover a large area so most of these festivals have walks that are close to our cottages or narrowboats.

Crickhowell Walking Festival 9 to 17 March 2019
Our local festival - 79 walks including an evening walk for which headtorches are essential, and walks ending with music or afternoon tea!

Chepstow Walking Festival 24 to 28 April 2019
Includes the Wales Coast Path, Newport Transporter Bridge and forays into England.

Talgarth Walking Festival 3 to 6 May 2019
Includes a short walk for the young family where sturdy buggies are welcome, and even a barefoot ramble!

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival 27 to 29 September 2019
Walks straddling the England/Wales border including a hike up the Skirrid mountain near Abergavenny.

Hay-on-Wye Walking Festival
10 to 13 October 2019
A weekend of walks near the border town famous for its literary festival.

Take a look at some of the other things you can get up to in the great outdoors near our cottages and narrowboats.