|A COUPLE of guided heritage walks through spectacular scenery may be just what you need to enjoy our rare spell of sunshine.
Blaenau Gwent Council’s Heritage and Tourism Officers Frank Olding and Alyson Tippings are hosting two “walk and talk” events this week.
On June 24, walkers can meet at 10am at Abertillery Museum to embark on a seven-mile stroll exploring the moorland landscape above Abertillery and Cwmtillery – the legendary haunt of a ghostly apparition known locally as the Old Hag of the Mountains.
The hardier types can look forward to a climb up Rhiw Lladron and along Waun Wen and Twyn Du, where they can pause to admire the industrial archaeology and unusual Victorian monuments.
After that, they will cross Mynydd Coity and return via Cwmtillery, with its outstanding medieval landscape and prehistoric monuments.
A packed lunch is a necessity, as the walk finishes at 4pm.
For those looking for a slightly less gruelling ramble, the June 25 walk “In the footsteps of Derek” is a two-hour trek starting at 10am at Tafarn Ty Uchaf (Top House) in Trefil.
Taking in the same route that Derek Brockway tackled on the BBC programme Weatherman Walking, this guided walk, led by Alyson Tippings, looks at the heritage of a small quarrying village from medieval times to the present day.
The walk will take in the Duke’s Table, the Brinore Tramroad – and even a taste of Doctor Who!
Refreshments will be available at Top House afterwards, and this walk is suitable for motorised wheelchairs and mobility vehicles.
To book a place on the walks, or for more information, contact Frank Olding on 0797 108 1647 or Alyson Tippings on 0796 847 2812.