Lovers of walking could find themselves falling in love on a romantic walk, all generations can enjoy the great outdoors together, and wildlife and nature lovers will all be wowed by the National Trust’s first-ever walking festival.
The National Trust is celebrating the great outdoors by encouraging the whole of the UK to venture outside, get closer to nature and start walking, and Trust properties in Wales will be offering a wide selection of walks as part of the week-long event which starts on October 22 and concludes on October 30.
There will be nearly 70 different walks to choose from over the week, so walkers can take in some of the most stunning stretches of coastline and countryside in Wales.
Thousands are expected to take part in the festival, which will include ‘little ambles, jolly rambles and big challenges’ – from organised walks to those that can be downloaded in advance.
There will be walks for everyone from parents pushing babies in buggies to full on mountain expeditions at all our places during the week. Of the nearly 70 walks on offer, there are 38 one-mile walks and more than 20 walks of a few miles or more.
There are also four super-challenge walks where the serious walker can stretch their endurance over two days.
The walks are also spread all over Wales with 25 in North Wales, 26 in South West Wales and 15 in South and Mid Wales.
All the walks will be featured on the Walking in Wales section of the National Trust’s website.
The one-mile walks, called NTOnes, are graded as flip-flop walks, welly walks, trainer walks and walking boot walks. There is also, a wide selection of locations and scenery to enjoy, including: -
Wildlife walks – deer and cattle
Whistling sands and beach walks
Oak Tree walk
Iron Hill Fort and heritage walks
The National Trust in Wales will also be revealing a Welsh celebrity’s favourite walk at one of its properties and also wants to hear from the public about their favourite walks in Wales.
Brecon Beacons National Trust Warden Nick McAllister, who has pulled together the Walking in Wales microsite, said: “Wales as a nation is embracing walking like never before and the National Trust want to play our part in helping to reconnect the nation with outdoor spaces and getting closer to nature.”
North Snowdonia Lead Ranger Dewi Roberts added: “Being born and brought up in Wales, I have always enjoyed getting outside and enjoying the abundance that nature has to offer in this great nation. I have never taken for granted the wildlife, fresh air and stunning views that surround us. I hope our festival will inspire everyone to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.”
National Trust Director in Wales Justin Albert said: “We are passionate guardians of much of the most spectacular walking scenery in Wales. The chances are that if people go walking in the coast or countryside in Wales then there is a one in five chance they are walking on National Trust land.”
“Few realise that the National Trust is Wales’s largest land owner caring for 110,000 acres of countryside that includes 140 miles of dramatic coastline, and 11 of the nation’s 15 tallest peaks.
PruHealth, a leading UK health insurer, has teamed up with the National Trust to help it launch its first ever walking festival. "The range of events available will help people get active and enjoy open spaces," says Dr Katherine Tryon.
For more information visit the website at http://beta.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/walking/walking-festival