Second Talgarth Walking Festival gets into its stride

The historic town of Talgarth might be better known for its ancient witches’ pool, castle, restored mill and mountains but the popular Talgarth Walking Festival is about to make its second appearance in the Talgarth calendar.  And as the good weather continues here and the popularity for walking breaks in the Bannau Brycheiniog continues to rise, timing couldn’t be better for the Festival which will take place from 2-5 May 2014. 

Supported by Rural Alliances and organised by the Talgarth Walkers are Welcome Group, the popular town of Talgarth, often described as the ‘Gateway to the Black Mountains’, is hosting its second Walking Festival from 2nd-5th May 2014.  The Walkers are Welcome consists of a mixture of local businesses, charitable organisation, accommodation providers and passionate walkers and local residents who want to see the town thriving all year round.
So whether it’s the super tough ‘three challenges’ for the more ambitious or the variety of family friendly walks suitable for all abilities – it’s guaranteed that there is something for everyone.

The Walking Festival is offering more than 70 guided walks over four of days in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park catering for all ages, abilities and interests, the beautiful walking terrain varies from short and level easy routes to tough exacting treks at high altitude.

There is an opportunity to learn new skills or hone old ones with the better navigational and map reading skills course, go on a foraging walk, visit local gardens, an introductory talk on geology, go on a pub quiz, take part in an exciting hands-on fossils event or just learn more natural history and archaeology of the area.  The festival will be introducing the first Mill to the Mountain run and a variety of children’s events, as well as retaining popular events such as the Witches’ Pool Challenge. All the walks are graded according to difficulty of terrain under foot as well as the amount of ascent.  They are all led by experienced walkers and walk leaders, whose knowledge of the local area can’t be matched.  The programme provides the opportunity to be led by local experts through spectacular scenery, whilst learning something new about the history and landscape.  Most of the walks start in Talgarth, with one or two requiring a short drive to nearby car parks with more ready access to the hills and one walk even uses public transport.

Check out the Festival website on  for details of these events.  To find out more information you could also telephone 01874 712226 or email

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