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Explore wonderful walking country

Explore wonderful walking country Darran Park, Ferndale

Darran Park, Ferndale

Walkers can enjoy the wonderful countryside of Rhondda Cynon Taf when the 2014 Wales Valleys Walking Festival gets underway next month.

Now in its ninth year, the Walking Festival has been developed to promote the Valleys as a walking destination.

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s stunning scenery provides a perfect backdrop for exploring the rich heritage the Valleys have to offer. Experienced and enthusiastic guides will lead guided walks across the county borough from September 6-21, 2014.

There’s something for walkers of all abilities, ranging from easy to very strenuous routes. There will be opportunities to explore historic/archaeological sites, wander through peaceful villages, learn about local wildlife – or simply take in the views.

Walks in Rhondda Cynon Taf include:

The Ridgeway Walk - Monday, September 8. Walk part of the Ogwr Ridgeway past windmills and ancient churches and visit King Arthur’s grave. This eight-mile walk is classed as strenuous and will take four-five hours to complete.
Taff’s Well Spa & the Garth - Tuesday, September 9. Walk up the iconic Garth Mountain with fabulous views of Cardiff and up the Taff Valley towards the Brecon Beacons, then descend to Taff’s Well Thermal Spring. This strenuous walk will take five hours to complete.
The Blaenrhondda Circuit - Tuesday, September 16. Take in the spectacular Penpych and Rhigos mountains, follow the trail past the Bronze Age village with views of the Rhondda Valley and the waterfall. This five-mile walk is classed as easy and will take four-five hours to complete.
Park 2 Park - Thursday, September 18. This walk takes you from Darran Park in the Rhondda with points of interest along the way including the Maerdy Colliery site, the oldest bridge in the Rhondda, hill forts and wind farms. It then drops down to Dare Valley Country Park. This strenuous walk will take five-six hours to complete.
Councillor Paul Cannon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism and Heritage said:“Walking is an ideal way to improve our health and well-being and this annual festival offers a great range of trails for everyone and showcases the outstanding natural beauty Rhondda Cynon Taf offers as a visitor destination.

“Walkers will be led by dedicated guides who will open up the countryside to those who may not have tried guided walks before. More experienced walkers can brace themselves for a challenging trek that takes them up mountains and through forestries.”

Full details are in the Wales Valleys Walking Festival brochure which is available now across Rhondda Cynon Taf. For a copy of this year’s brochure please call 01443 424052.

During the Walking Festival, guided walks will also take place across the boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Merthyr Tydfil.

Booking on the walks is essential. To book, please call 01495 742333 or e-mail walkingfestival@thevalleys.co.uk| You can also book online by visiting www.walesvalleyswalking.co.uk

For more information on Rhondda Cynon Taf's attractions, history and heritage and places to stay, please visit our Tourism pages.

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