Ramblers Cymru Big Welsh Walk reaches Knighton to mark Offa's Dyke anniversary

Big Welsh Walk in Knighton

Ramblers Cymru started the Big Welsh Walk in Kington, Herefordshire on Saturday, September 11.

We touched down in Knighton for the second day of their walking events.

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.

On arrival in Knighton, walkers had the chance to view the Offa’s Dyke Association’s new interpretive display at the Offa's Dyke Centre.

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.”

Big Welsh Walk Knighton 2021

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."

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."

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, taking 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.

Karen


I live in a rural area surrounded by farmland where too many footpaths have become unpassable following the constant churning of the soil without reinstatement of the paths. Our village has no shops but is only one mile away from a local butcher with a public footpath leading to it that is inaccessible by anyone with a pushchair, large dog, disability or infirmity because of stile construction and or ploughing. During the pandemic this concern has been highlighted even more.

Ken Chisholm


A must for all our well being.

Norman Blaby


Whilst applauding the Government's recognition of the benefits for all of us of connecting with nature it is regrettable that, so far, they have failed to make that a priority and to invest in the infrastructure that enables everyone to enjoy walking in nature. Covid-19 has shown us the importance of getting out into nature for our health and well-being, so I would urge the Government to recognise the need to strengthen the environment to include the above.