The Gower Walking Festival is an annual celebration of Gower, to encourage participants from all back-grounds to enjoy a unique landscape and a rich heritage. It aims to achieve this by offering an organised, diverse and sustainable programme of events, with minimum environmental impact, to educate, encourage and sometimes challenge all who take part.
The Gower Walking Festival had started in 2005 and had built up into a much-respected festival. It’s been much missed since its last 2014 event and so, after a break of four years, Sarah Samuel (ex Cover to Cover) decided something had to be done and got together an enthusiastic new group to revive it. The team met at the start of 2018 to put together a week of walks and other out-door activities. They have gathered support from local businesses and the Council and have enlisted a number of volunteers who will lead, steward and back mark the walks.
All Gower Walking Festival walks are guided by people who know about and love Gower and who will share their expertise as they walk. There are walks about castles, churches and industry. Walks for wheels, for dogs, for poets and photographers. There are easy walks on the Mumbles waterfront, moderate walks to Pwll Du and strenuous walks to cover the four peaks of Gower. And they also have partnered with specialists to provide Tai Chi, mountain boarding, parkour and coasteering.
The Bay Magazine is a proud supporter of the Gower Walking Festival and has sponsored two walks – Walk 17, a fabulous pub to pub afternoon five miler which starts at the Britannia Inn in Llanmadoc and takes us over Tankeylake Moor and Llandmadoc Hill before returning to the Britannia for a well-earned pint of foaming ale at the end!
Our second, Walk 20, is a much easier morning stroll – a walk up the glorious Clyne Valley with Liz Barry who will give you hints and tips on how to take the best wildlife photographs and landscapes
Gower Walking Festival have a colourful, easy to navigate website which has all the information about the walks. You can book online through this website or if you prefer, pop into Cover to Cover in Mumbles who will do it for you. There’s lots of information on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages too, so if you’re into your social media, give them a follow. Gower Walking Festival is a not for profit association.
Hope to see you on Gower in June!
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