Walking festivals

Walking festivals can be discovered all along the coastline offering another appealing way to explore the Wales Coast Path.

Festivals are an excellent way to get walking – whether you are a beginner, a seasoned pro or anywhere in-between. You have the chance to venture out with other walkers and explore some of the best of the country’s landscapes. A perfect introduction to coast path exploration!

Along the way, you might discover something new about Wales’ heritage or wildlife and even make new friends. (Not to mention the benefits of walking to your health!) After all, on a festival, you never know what is around the next corner.

Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, said: “I am very pleased to see that our Wales Coast Path is the focus for so many walking festivals. These festivals are an ideal opportunity to enjoy healthy exercise and at the same time explore our stunning coastline and countryside. With walking festivals being held throughout the summer in north, mid and south Wales there will be a chance for all of us to get out there and enjoy all that is great about our Coast Path”.

Here is just a taster of some festivals that can be enjoyed along the Wales Coast Path:

Troedio Clwyd Walks, from June 27-July 31 2013

Flintshire County Council invites you along to an annual festival to make some new friends and explore the coast. Join one of the organised walks taking place until the end of July. Contact Katrina Day, Walking Development Officer on 01745 356197 or Katrina Day for more information.

Gwyl Caernarfon Festival, July 20-27 2013

The annual celebration of all that’s great about Caernarfon. Among a packed schedule of special events there is an opportunity to join group leaders on one of the ‘Town Trails’ – a series of guided walk through this historic Welsh town. For more information send an email to Caernarfon Online.

Llŷn Coastal Festival, May 18-Sept 29 2013

From butterflies to beach fun and shipwrecks to archaeology, the summer festival is a great time to explore the stunning Llŷn Peninsula. There’s even a photography competition to capture your favourite places along the way. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it won’t be hard to find inspiration. For more information, call 01758 704155/176.

Barmouth Walking Festival, September 14-23 2013.

A popular festival which showcases the fabulous walks and dramatic landscape accessible from Barmouth. The festival gives walkers of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy guided walks around the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Southern Snowdonia.

Cardigan Walks Festival, September 20-22 2013

Enjoy a tasty side of Cardigan. This year, the festival has a range of walks which visit local producers, including a smokery, a seafood supplier and a wine producer. To find out more, visit Walk Wales.

Monmouthshire Walking Festival, October 18-27 2013

Chepstow in Monmouthshire is one of the starting points of the entire 870 mile-long Wales Coast Path. As well as exploring inland, highlights of this festival will include an organised walk around the Newport Wetlands and stretches of the Path. To find out more, please email Walking Monmouthshire or call 029 20218029 / 07769 802423.