Wednesday 6 – 10 April 2016
The Lower Wye Valley is stunning throughout the year, but particularly so in Spring, and surely there is no better introduction to its landscape and heritage than to join one of the many walks on offer during the annual Chepstow Walking Festival.
Firmly established on the walker’s calendar, the festival brings something new to those who live locally or are visitors to the area. By joining a walk led by an experienced walk leader, a landscape that you thought of as familiar will be rediscovered.
2016 is a special year for Chepstow with the anniversaries of its two important bridges. The Old Wye Bridge is celebrating its 200th birthday and the Severn Bridge its 50th. The Walking Festival is commemorating these significant events with a ‘Two Bridges Walk’ and will include a short talk on each by local experts. Afterwards at 4pm we would like everyone to come down to the riverside for a singsong with the Singing Club of Chepstow and have a party!
The Welsh government is launching ‘The Year of Adventure’ in 2016 to promote Wales as one of the world’s leading outdoor destinations. We couldn’t let this go unnoticed.
For the very fit there will be a challenging walk over 2 days of 20 and 15 miles through the glorious Lower Wye Valley. Here you will have the chance to hone your bush craft skills with the option of a night of wild camping!
For those who are interested in geology, history, wildlife, conservation, stargazing or new routes for their pooches; all in the presence of good company and beautiful surroundings, then there is a walk to suit. These vary in length from 2 to 20 miles.
We are very fortunate to be joined by some specialists of the area, who will accompany many of the walks and share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the Lower Wye Valley. To name just a few we have The Conservation Officers for Natural Resources Wales and also Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, a former Water Bailiff of the Wye, The National Trail Officer for Offa’s Dyke Path and Monmouthshire’s Countryside Wardens.
There is so much more so please visit the website www.walksinchepstow.co.uk which has detailed information about the walks and how to purchase your ticket or visit Chepstow Museum who can also book your place.
£5 Single ticket or £10 Super Saver ticket with a small booking fee offers the opportunity to join as many walks as you wish and includes transport where appropriate.