Monday, July 14, 2003

Walking Festival

The post on the CCW Rights of Way Survey highlights the dismal state of the Rights of Way Network in Powys. How can we encourage Powys County Council to improve the situation?

One possible way may be to organise, in partnership with Powys C.C., an annual Walking Festival within Powys. A short weekend festival to begin with offering various grades of walks over the Friday Saturday and Sunday. With hopefully an influx of walkers from all over the country pressure can then be brought on Powys C.C. to ensure all the routes used are appropriately waymarked and free from obstructions.

The benifits will be:

1. Improvements to the Rights of Way Network - benificial to to both local walkers and visitors.

2. Economic benefit to local business.

3. Publicity for the local Ramblers Association Groups.

4. If sucessful Powys may become better known as an area for walking, an increase in walkers means economic benefits which in turn highlights the need for a Rights of Way Network which is free from obstructions, well maymarked and maintained.

I suggest that the festival takes place outside the Brecon Beacons National Park as the R.O.W. network is already far superior to the rest of Powys. The festival could be moved around the county each year or pick up various themes.

For the inaugral festival one based on the Wye Valley would seem appropriiate, it can cover all three original counties, Breconshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire, could be based in either Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells or Rhayader and is central to both the Fourwells and East Radnor Groups whose members could be utilised to lead and organise the walks.

For details of the Herefordshire walking festival go to www.walkingfestival.com

If anyone agrees that a Walking Festival is a good idea and would want to be involved in it's organisation please email me (see link on left)