Forgotten Landscapes Favourite Five Festival Walks

DSC_0018Here’s a festival that really offers something quite unique and different compared to other walking  festivals.

It’s a celebration of discovery where the expert guides take participants out around Forgotten Landscapes on the specific themed walks that are a little bit interesting.

The walking festival is a perfect way of understanding what is going on around Forgotten Landscapes.  It gives participants a chance to understand the wonderful history of Wales, with walks that follow old miners routes and various heritage trails.

With walks costing just £3 each, it’s a great feel good weekly activity.  So here are our top five picks that we think will be great.

The Blorenge by Visit Wales ©

The Blorenge by Visit Wales ©

A walk to learn a thing or two….
Discover the Ironscape , on Saturday 6th April, 11.00am – 2.00pm
6.4km / 4 miles / Moderate

This a unique opportunity to discover the archaeology in the landscape and find out how all the raw materials were supplied to the Blaenavon Ironworks.  The walk is led by the well known Blaenau-Gwent County Borough Council Heritage Officer Frank Olding, and popular local historian and author John Van Laun.

Discover more about places around you…
The Blorenge Rocks, on Monday 8th April, 10.30am – 4.00pm, 11.3km / 7 miles / Moderate

This is a lovely walk that offers incredible sights as well as some interesting information.  Join curator Tom Sharpe of the National Museum of Wales for a fascinating walk exploring the scenery and geological history of the Blorenge landscape.

Achievements of the past…
upland10Human Endeavours, on Wednesday 10th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm, 6.5km / 4 miles / Moderate
Step back in time and walk past the hidden gems of the landscape that are the evidence of great human endeavour and industry. See the best surviving example of a late eighteenth century ironworks in Britain, taking in old tram roads, pits and ironstone scourings. Led by Torfaen ‘Walk for Health’ walk leaders.

Spectacular walks with a hint of history…
Cwm Ffrwd Heritage Trail, on Tuesday 9th April, 10.00am – 3.00pm , 12.9km / 8 miles / Moderate
Take in spectacular views as you explore the Nant Ffrwd valley and visit the Dog Stone memorial via Coity Mountain. Learn about the history and hear humorous stories of past residents of the area with your guides the World Heritage Site Volunteer Rangers.

Guided walks 1More than just a walk….
Moorland Magic, on Friday 12th April, 2.00pm – 4.00pm,  6km / 3 miles / Moderate

Take a tour of the beautiful heather moorland near Blaenavon and find out what is being done to protect it for the future. Led by the Forgotten Landscapes Partnership Commons Officer. Meet: Fox Hunter Car Park, SO 263107



MORE INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL: Please remember that booking is essential and that all walks have a charge of £3 which should be paid at the time of booking.

Booking is essential and there is a small cost of £3 to help cover the running costs of the festival, which is organised by volunteers. Please pay in advance when booking by phone or in person at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre (01495 742333).


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