Take a walk on the wild side.
FRESH air, great scenery and the thrill of walking a new path in good company sums up the enjoyment to be had from the various walking festivals held in Mid Wales this autumn.
The Welsh International Walking Festival at Llanwrtyd Wells from September 19-22 is a non-competitive walking challenge for walkers of all abilities. With walks each day ranging from five kilometres up to 40km. The aim is to bring together like-minded people and to showoff some of the most picturesque countryside of Mid Wales. Awards are presented to all walkers completing their routes.
Evening entertainment includes live music and the week culminates with the Blister Ball. For more info visit www.green-events.co.uk
The Barmouth Festival of Walking from September 20-28 offers nine days of fabulous guided walks for all abilities in the dramatic landscapes around Barmouth, including the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and the countryside of southern Snow donia.
The programme includes 25 walks - all led by knowledgeable local guides - ranging from short two-hour rambles to full-day high-level hikes. Each day ends in a social evening with good food and drinks for walkers, leaders and organisers.
The Pumlumon Challenge at Ponterwyd on September 27 is for experienced walkers and fell runners.
It takes place in the Cambrian Mountain range, a wild plateau with five peaks, which is also the source of the rivers Wye, Rheidol and Severn.
The event, which starts and finishes at the Nant yr Arian Forestry Centre, takes participants over the Pumlumon hills to the Hengwmand Hirnant valleys, around the Nantymoch damto a fewmore climbs before the finish.
This area is challenging countryside and should only be attempted by fit and well prepared walkers.
Finally, the Cardigan Festival of Walking takes place from October 3-5.
Explore the beautiful Cardigan Bay coastline, the historic town of Cardigan and the Teifi Valley.
The selection of walks range from strenuous to relaxed.More details at www.midwalesevents.co.uk For information on tourism in Wales, log on to www.visitwales.co.uk or call 08701 211251