If you are looking at activities during the summer in Wales how about taking part in the walking festival being run from Corwen in Denbighshire, taking place over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September 2012. Why not make this part of your UK activity holiday as a great way to have fun and make friends.
The festival will be based in Corwen and will offer walkers the opportunity to try for themselves the truly stunning walks that Corwen and the surrounding area has to offer. Hand in hand with this over the next few months the Town of Corwen will be working towards the Walkers are Welcome accolade and it is hoped that both these initiatives will allow Corwen to take its rightful place as one of the great walking venues in both Wales and Great Britain as a whole. Due to the funding from both Cadwyn Clwyd and Denbighshire County Council the Corwen Walking Festival will, in its first two years, be offering guided walks that are totally free of charge.
The Corwen Walking Festival will offer twenty-four guided walks over the two days each of which will show the natural environment that people will be walking through and also highlight the momentous history of the area. As well as the actual walks there will also be daytime skills training in navigation, equipment choice and other aspects of walking. Walks will range from family walks suitable for all ages to full high mountain days and will showcase the fantastic walking countryside that is available from Corwen. During the two days of e walking festival Cotswold Outdoor will be having an onsite shop and will also be offering some goody bags and advice on boots and equipment.
For many of the walks for the walking festival they will venture onto the Berwyn Mountains that rise up to the south of Corwen, and will e a great addition to your UK activity holiday. Whilst the Berwyn Mountains gain a height of over 800 metres they are often overshadowed by their big sisters in Snowdonia National Park and therefore are often passed by without a second glance. This does the mountain range a disservice as to never venture onto the Berwyn leaves one of the most impressive ranges undiscovered. The Berwyn
range offers stunning walks which are usually very quiet allowing you to take in their true beauty and it is well worth stopping before you reach Snowdonia National park to sample to great walks that Corwen and the Berwyn range offer.
Tish Aldridge Chair of the Corwen and District Business Association commented that ‘for too long Corwen has not been recognised for all the potential that it has to become the outdoor capital of North East Wales. We hope that the walking festival will attract people both from in and around Denbighshire and from further afield to come and see for themselves the magnificent walks that can be done from Corwen. It is not often that you get something for nothing but in both 2012 and 2013 we can offer free guided walks to showcase our little bit of North Wales.’
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