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New walking festival

 
Created on 04/08/2017 @ 20:35
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A new Historic Landscapes Walking Festival will take place in the historic border town of Montgomery from October 6 to 8.

Many of the walks straddle the Offa’s Dyke, a linear earthwork ordered by King Offa in AD757. The surrounding countryside, designated Outstanding Registered Historic Landscape, boasts hillforts, castles, moated farms, strategic routes and was once a feisty battleground of tug and war between the Welsh and the English.                                                             

The festival weekend will see the introduction of seven very different guided walks. The longest, which is a newly devised Challenge Walk, is 22 miles and takes in parts of the Offa’s Dyke, Glyndwr’s Way, the Severn Way and the Kerry Ridgeway.

There’s a six-mile canalside wildlife walk, a 13-mile walk taking in the Offa’s Dyke and Kerry Hills, a four-mile walk to include Montgomery Castle, a five-mile hike taking in the elevated Montgomeryshire War Memorial, an 8.5-mile walk centred on the Offa’s Dyke and a one-mile walk with a treasure hunt for families.

A brand-new series of Montgomery Walking Trail leaflets will be launched at the festival with trails varying in length from two-and-a-half miles to 13 miles.

A special brew produced by the town’s brewery and named “Best Offa” will be served at the town’s first ever OktoberFest, which will feature local ciders, beers and entertainment as a part of the weekend. 

A locally sourced supper with a concert by the Guilsfield Singers will also feature in Montgomery Town Hall at a special reduced rate for walkers.

Jill Kibble, festival organiser, said: “Our new walking festival takes in fascinating landscapes which are bursting with history and wildlife. Our walk guides are local experts who want to share their knowledge and the well-researched and broad range of walks really do offer something for everyone.”

To find out more and to book the walks and evening entertainment visit www.montgomerywalkingfestival.co.uk

Picture captions:

Overlooking Montgomery Castle.

Walker approaching the incline to the Montgomeryshire War Memorial.

 

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