Ramblers Cymru, Big Welsh Walk celebrates the Offa's Dyke Path 50th Anniversary in Knighton
14 September 2021
The Ramblers Cymru, Big Welsh Walk touched down in Knighton on Saturday 11 September for the second of their walking events to celebrate the Offa's Dyke Path 50th Anniversary.
Three different lengths of walks were on offer, with Rob Dingle, the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail Officer, leading a 14 mile walk along the Offa's Dyke Path from Kington to Knighton. As the longest route of the day, the walkers welcomed the coffee and cake at the end in the Offa's Dyke Centre and the opportunity to look around the Offa's Dyke Association's new interpretive display.
Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Environment and a keen walker, said: "The Big Welsh Walk aims to shine a spotlight on the Offa's Dyke Path, now in its 50th year, and introduce locals and new walkers alike to the delights of the trail.
"Here in Powys we are really fortunate to have this historic and iconic trail run nearly the full length of our rural and extensive county, providing us with plenty of opportunities to pull on our walking boots and get exploring the incredible countryside."
Rob Dingle, Powys County Council's Offa's Dyke Path National Trail Officer, said: "It was great to work in partnership with Ramblers Cymru to deliver three days of walking on different sections of the trail and introduce walkers to what the trail has to offer.
"From the rugged inclines of the Clwydian Range to gentle riverside rambles, the walking festival offered walks for all levels with a long, intermediate, and family walk in each of three locations - Moel Famau, Knighton and Tintern."
The Offa's Dyke Path, which was opened in the summer of 1971, links Sedbury Cliffs on the River Severn with the coastal town of Prestatyn on the shores of the Irish sea. Stretching for 177 miles (285 km), it goes through eight different counties and crosses the England - Wales border more than 20 times and takes walkers through everything from quaint market towns like Hay-on-Wye, Kington and Knighton to the rugged inclines of the Clwydian Hills and Brecon Beacons.
Rhys Russell, Ramblers Cymru engagement officer and Big Welsh Walk organiser, said: "The second leg of the Big Welsh Walk in Knighton was a special and memorable occasion full of smiles and laughter. We lucked out on the weather conditions too!
"I would love to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the walks and the volunteers who helped out on the day. We are looking forward to the last leg of the festival in Tintern this Saturday September 18."
For more information about Ramblers Cymru visit: www.ramblers.org.uk/wales
For more information about the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail visit: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/offas-dyke-path/