It’s Get Walking Week (May 3-10) and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Tourism team is encouraging residents and visitors to get out and enjoy our great outdoors.
Walking has many benefits, including helping you get into better shape, relieve stress, and enjoy time with your family or friends - and you may even discover some hidden treasures in your local area.
There are walks to suit everyone across our beautiful county borough – from gentle strolls to exhilarating treks to the very top of our mountains. There are historical treasures, architectural feats, breathtaking views and wonderful wildlife.
Walks through Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Barry Sidings Countryside Park, Dare Valley Country Park and Clydach Countryside Park are clearly signposted and many can be accessed by wheelchairs and buggies, so everyone can enjoy them.
Out Tourism website is full of ideas and colourful maps to help you explore our towns, countryside and open spaces, including the Pontypridd Circular and Graig Common. The more daring can try the winding tracks that take you up and over our mountain-tops, around our ancient Iron Age settlements and behind our natural waterfalls – the views are wonderful!
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Heritage Trails will help you follow in the footsteps of the icons who composed the Welsh National Anthem or learn about Sir Tom Jones’ early life or share the experiences of our industrial workers. There are leaflets or downloadable audio, to accompany the trails.
Children can also enjoy a series of Taff Tales - walks accompanied by audio stories - across the county borough.
The annual 2014 Walking Festival, from September 6-21 offers access to a range of guided walks, including riverside walks, shaded woodland tracks, trails through historical landmarks and breathtaking hikes. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned walker there is something for everyone.
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure & Tourism, Cllr Robert Bevan, said: “Walking is an easy and fun way to improve health and wellbeing and it’s free too - all you need is a good pair of shoes to get going. In Rhondda Cynon Taf we are fortunate to have many breathtaking walks and fascinating Heritage Trails right on our doorstep and Get Walking Week is the ideal time to get out and discover them.”