The stunning Upper Usk Valley. Photo courtesy of Tomos Bidgood.
Explore the Upper Usk Valley with a series of Community Walks taking in some of the history and stunning views of the area during 2014.
Sunday 26th January 2014: Meet at 2.00pm
Tanners Arms, Defynnog
On the last Sunday of every month, we will visit a different part of the area, moving around the villages within the Upper Usk Valley, discovering more about the history, nature and scenery of the area, encouraging everyone to get out and explore what’s on their own doorstep.
From Roman Camps, hidden valleys, ancient bridges, waterfalls, reservoirs, mystic wells, legends and old woodlands, the Upper Usk Valley offers some amazing landscapes and views, our aim is to explore these via a programme of short, social walks aimed at all levels, with each one taking 2-3 hours, just about enough to make you feel as if you’ve earned that drink at the end!
These free walks are being organised by Trecastle based activity provider – Expeditions Wales who run walking and camping activities for well over a 1000 people a year – so you’re in safe hands!
Looking over the Senni Valley towards Pen y Fan & Corn Du
Do I have to be fit to do these walks? No – our aim is that everybody can enjoy these walks at their own pace. The walk leaders from Expeditions Wales will normally be at the back to make sure everybody gets back safely.
Will there be big hills? To get the best views, we will need to go uphill at times, though we’ve set the routes out so the gradients are fairly gradual and there’s nothing wrong with stopping to gather your breath while you take in the views!
What if the weather’s bad? Luckily we aren’t going too high, so we’ll escape the worst of the wind and rain (although we’d like to promise that it’ll be sunny), most of the routes are sheltered, so nobody will get too cold. A waterproof jacket of some kind will keep the wind off and although they aren’t too bad, some of the routes will be a bit muddy after all the rain recently.
The path coming down from Twyn y Gaer
Do I need specialist kit? No – just what you’d normally wear outdoors, wellies or boots are fine and a waterproof jacket, hat, gloves and a pocketful of snacks will be enough for the few hours we’ll be out. The leaders will be carrying all the emergency equipment and first aid kits. It’s better to be dressed warmly and walk slowly, than feel cold and rush it to stay warm.
I’ve got a medical issue – can I still come? Of course, it is walking for all wherever possible. We will be asking for medical forms to be completed, though, if you are concerned at all, you can email Aled Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 07791 739025 if you have any questions. We’d rather know about any medical conditions in advance rather than have nasty surprises out on the hills.
Walk 1 is based from the Tanners Arms, Defynnog, where following the walk, there is the opportunity to try a small glass of local ale, or if you’re feeling brave, book yourself in for Sunday lunch, using our walk as an excuse for some post lunch exercise?
The route takes in Abersenni Bridge and weir, before exploring the old hill fort of Twyn y Gaer, offering excellent views over the Crai & Senni valleys and looking down onto Defynnog and Sennybridge.
This walk is 6km or 3.2miles long and should take around 2-3 hours at a relaxed pace, there are some muddy sections and about 30 minutes of walking uphill, though the views will be worth it! See the poster below, or email Aled Davies from Expeditions Wales (email@example.com) with any questions or for more details.
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