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First Guided Walk of 2020

Sunday 23rd February

"On The Levels"

Starting at 10:00am at the World Heritage Centre

 

A fairly strenuous walk of about 7.5 km (4.5 miles), suitable for older children, but not recommended for young children or people with limited mobility. This walk passes old coal and iron workings en route to The Whistle Inn and then follows a hillside track. We visit the site of a drift mine which only closed in 2009. We then descend the path to Forgeside and back to the World Heritage Centre.

 No dogs allowed.

Some parts can be very muddy in wet weather, so appropriate footwear is needed.

Wetlands Bird Survey

 Sun 22nd March 2020 starting at 10.00 a.m.

 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

This will be the third Wetland Bird Survey Core Count for 2020.

Walk around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas with a local birdwatcher and see what birds are over wintering on the lakes. Record the different species.

Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.

No dogs allowed at this event

Meet at the top car park Garn Lakes

Sunday 29th March 2020

"The Dog Stone"

Starting at 10:00am at the World Heritage Centre

The Dog Stone on Varteg Hill is a monument to the memory of Carlo, a red setter accidentally shot during a grouse shoot in 1864. The "stone" is an iron monument, cast in Blaenafon.

This is a short(ish) walk of about 8 km (5 miles), but with a couple of steep ascents (and, of course, descents!) It is suitable for older children, but could be difficult for people with limited mobility. We'll walk up to Forgeside, then up Varteg Hill to the Dog Stone. Then we'll walk down to join the old railway track (now the SUSTRANS cycle way) back to the World Heritage Centre.

No dogs allowed.

Some parts can be muddy in wet weather, so appropriate footwear is needed.

Wetlands Bird Survey

 Sun 19th April 2020 starting at 10.00 a.m.

 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

This will be the fourth Wetland Bird Survey Core Count for 2020.

Walk around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas with a local birdwatcher and see what birds are over wintering on the lakes. Record the different species.

Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.

No dogs allowed at this event

Meet at the top car park Garn Lakes

 

BWHEG GUIDED WALKS PROGRAMME


Some walks will be best for reasonably fit adults, but many will be suitable for older children or people with limited mobility. They will range in distance from 5 to 10 km (3 - 6 miles).

Most walks will start from the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, usually at 10.00 a.m., with a few afternoon walks starting at 2.00 p.m. Where an alternative start point is given, this indicates an intermediate point on the walk with car parking nearby.

Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared in case of wet weather.


Details on the walks for 2020 can be downloaded here


BWHEG ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME

 

In addition to our walks programme, we have a number of other events and activities, details of which can be downloaded here.

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