A St David’s Day pledge

St David’s Day, and time to announce here this year’s Taith Gerdded Fawr Cymru, the Big Welsh Walk, on Saturday 13 June.

It is organised by Ramblers Cymru with support from the People’s Postcode Lottery, at the National Trust’s Chirk Castle near Wrexham.  You can sign up here.

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Chirk Castle © Jeff Buck and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

There is a choice of walks of different lengths, led and self-led, in glorious countryside.  Not only will the event celebrate the spectacular scenery, but it will also result in path improvements, as ramblers have been working with the local authorities to ensure that the paths are in good order for the influx of visitors.  The event will also show how walking boosts the local economy.

Castell Dinas Bran
My choice is the 16-mile circular following the Offa’s Dyke Path out from Chirk Castle to the north side of the Dee Valley to Castell Dinas Bran, descending to the Llangollen and returning over the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct © G Laird and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

I wrote about the previous two Big Welsh Walks at Devil’s Bridge in Ceredigion (2017 and 2018).  Both occasions were truly memorable.

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After the 2017 event, the Ramblers Cymru vice-president, Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, secured a 90-second slot in the Senedd about the Big Welsh Walk and spoke of its many benefits to Wales and its communities.  You can listen here.

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In Coed Cwmnewydion-uchaf on the 2018 Big Welsh Walk in Ceredigion

So why not make a St David’s Day pledge and sign up for Taith Gerdded Fawr Cymru, the Big Welsh Walk?

About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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