Group History

"It all started when a leader of a local Air Cadet group decided to start a walking club in the Ebbw Vale area. Mr Ian Jones ran an outdoor equipment business, and it was in an upstairs room on his premises that the Ebbw Vale & District Walking Club was born.

The first meeting was held in early 1981 with 15 members, enthusiastic walkers from different towns in Blaenau Gwent.

After many months of discussion, when a Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer were appointed it was decided to have our first walk on Sunday, Spring Bank Holiday 1982. The walk was a great success, and a Walks Programme was planned for every Sunday.

A year or so later the group decided it would be a good idea to join the Ramblers' Association.

There are currently 56 members in our group, 2 of which are original members. In the past we have helped with footpath problems, repaired stiles and organised clean-ups. We all enjoy the interesting and beautiful walks within our area, also many day trips and group holidays.