Knighton Walking Festival takes place this weekend with a series of guided from Saturday to Monday. The festival offers walkers the chance to explore the town and surrounding Welsh borderlands, which are packed full of history, wildlife and stunning landscapes.

 

Saturday May 2 sees a circular, moderate eight mile walk, taking in the Teme Valley and Stanage Park, led by Kevin Jones of East Radnor Ramblers and a gentle Knighton history walk of around two miles led by Jim Saunders and Norman Thorp.

Robin Dingle, Offa’s Dyke path officer, will lead a moderate six mile walk on Offa’s Dyke on Sunday when there will also be an easy, three mile Knighton wildlife walk with Joan Payne, of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust and a Lower Knighton walk of around two miles with Town Crier Derrick Price. Robin’s walk is designed to complement the official opening of a new exhibition in the Offa’s Dyke Centre on Saturday.

The festival ends on Monday with a strenuous, eight mile walk around the Whimble led by Dave McGlade, Offa’s Dyke Association chair and geocaching with Sarah Graham over a moderate, five mile route.

All the walks cost £3 each and walkers are asked to meet at 09.45 each day at Offa’s Dyke Centre, West Street, Knighton.

Marje Rickerby, Knighton and district tourism press officer, said: “The festival offers something for all abilities and interests. By popular request we have introduced geocaching, the thrill of the hunt for treasure in the wilds, this year. There’s also an opportunity to learn about Offa and his dyke and Knighton’s varied past and to discover our local flora and fauna. A couple of good, long walks along perhaps less familiar routes take in the stunning landscape of the Welsh border countryside.”

For more information and a festival programme visit www.visitknighton.co.uk or telephone the Offa’s Dyke Centre 0154-7528 753

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