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Walk the Port and take the Skyline Challenge

Posted on Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Walk the Port

Walk the Port’s walking event returns for its second year on Saturday 9 September and people are invited to come along and discover the hidden gems of Newport’s countryside.

The Newport Skyline Challenge offers walking routes for all fitness levels and abilities.

Last year the event received many positive comments from participants including how good the signage was, while the choice of routes was praised for including a mixture of hills and flat paths.

The shorter walks are usually suitable for families with younger children and range in distance from 1.5 mile to 4.5 mile led walks or for those looking to go even further there are two more led walks of nine or 16 miles.

All routes start and end at the Active Living Centre, Bettws and provide stunning surroundings that let you enjoy Newport’s varied countryside.

Councillor Deb Harvey, cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said she hoped the event is as successful as last year.

“I know the weather wasn’t on our side last year but we still attracted a good number of walkers of all ages who were well equipped to deal with the conditions.

“Many people who did the challenge were delighted at how good our walking routes are and the varied scenery they encountered on the way.

“I’m sure many more people will join in our second Walk the Port so sign up now,” said Cllr Harvey.

Bookings for the Skyline Challenge are now open via www.newport.gov.uk/walktheport and will continue until 27 August.

For all routes you should wear sensible walking shoes and appropriate clothing including wet-weather gear just in case.

On the longer routes you should be prepared for walking across fields, stiles, off-road tracks, through forestry and up some very big hills.

Water will be available at checkpoints on the routes but make sure you have your own supply as well as some fruit and healthy snacks.  

It is important walkers choose a route suitable for their own personal level of fitness. Shorter routes do not mean easy walking / running.

Once you book up for a challenge a descriptive route card will be sent out (digitally) with your information pack giving grid references for key points or features, the type of terrain to be covered and an estimate of the time you should allow.

Those going solo should be competent in map reading and route finding.

If walking as a team, entrants should have at least one person in their group who is competent in map reading and route finding.

Once you have signed up for a walk, the exact route will be confirmed after the closing date for entrants.

For information on map-reading and grid references visit the Ordnance Survey site

You must read the Walk the Port terms and conditions (pdf) before booking.

Newport's Walk the Port Skyline Challenge is sponsored by several groups and organisations including: 

Email walktheport@newport.gov.uk with any queries or telephone (01633) 851 588.

 

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