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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tweed and Prosecco trek is Walking Festival highlight



* Organiser Mike Smart, left, and Pip Gale of Gales Wine Bar get ready for the Tweed and Prosecco Walk on May 1. 

PEOPLE taking part in a special Tweed and Prosecco Walk in Llangollen are being invited to dress for the occasion.

The event, which is part of the town’s annual Walking Festival, takes place on May 1 and trekkers involved are invited to get into the spirit of things by donning tweeds and other vintage attire.   

The Tweed Walk starts in Llangollen's riverside restaurant, The Corn Mill, with tea or coffee and locally made Welsh cakes.

Then there’s a short walk to Llangollen Railway Station where people can enjoy a nostalgic steam train ride along the River Dee.

The guided walk visits historic locations in the company of a friendly tweed-clad guide who will gently lead and share his knowledge of local history, folk tales and legends ranging from ruthless giants, fighting monks and fairy kings to a demon barber and the holy grail.

The day ends at Gales Wine Bar with prosecco and canapés.

Organiser Mike Smart said: “Certificates will be presented and there will be a special prize for the best dressed vintage rambler.

“Also on offer during the walking festival are the Offa's Dyke Path 18-mile challenge walk with free beer, a 15-mile wilderness walk with a steam train ride also with free beer and two eight-mile meanders, one also with a steam train ride.

“You can also try a free Nordic walking taster session for beginners, enjoy walking the local landscape and see the horse-drawn canal boats with an experienced Blue Badge Guide in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

“All the festival walks are within the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Mike added: “This year’s Llangollen Walking Festival is on April 29 and 30 and May 1 and I’d advise people to book early as places are limited on all the walks.

“Like us on Facebook.com/LlangollenWalkingFestival and follow us on Twitter #LlanWALKfest.”

“You can book on line at http://www.llangollenwalkingfestival.co.uk/

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