Major network of paths opens

Woman using the improved path to cross a river

Launch event: Thursday 30 October 2014, Corris Institute, 11.00 am, followed by a short guided walk.

A large-scale project to improve over 130 kilometres of footpaths in mid-Wales will be officially completed this week.

The renovated network of 16 footpaths will help local people and visitors in an area that spans from Dinas Mawddwy to Pennal, and Llanwrin to Tal-y-bont.

Sue Roberts, Assistant Project Officer from Natural Resources Wales said:

"Our aim with the ‘Discover Dyfi’ routes was to create high quality, safe paths that link communities, making it easier for people to enjoy nature on their doorstep and reap the health benefits of walking outdoors."

“Attracting more visitors to the Dyfi valley throughout the year will also help support tourism-related jobs in local communities.”

To mark the opening of the Discover Dyfi routes local historian David Coleman and naturalist Catrin Roberts are leading a short guided walk along one of the Paths, which starts at Corris.

A new leaflet pack, featuring all 16 Paths, is also being published this week.

The Paths vary in length and difficulty from easy short village walks to longer distance and more strenuous routes. Sections of bridleways have also been improved to help create links for horse riders.

This week NRW is running a campaign where people are being asked to share their photos and #WalesWildSide #CymruCefnGwyllt experiences of being outdoors. These walks offer people of all abilities to get out and join the campaign on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Discover Dyfi has been developed by Natural Resources Wales in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Ceredigion Council and Powys Council.

The area is part of the Dyfi Biosphere – which places a strong emphasis on working with the local community to enhance the area’s economy, wildlife, landscape and heritage.

Sue added:

"We had some lively consultation sessions with local community groups who played a pivotal part in selecting the paths to be developed and improved."

“It is the invaluable input, information and recollections they shared with us that you will find on the leaflets.”

The leaflet pack, produced to promote the walks, can be downloaded from the Dyfi Biosphere Website and is available free from local Tourist Information Centres and other outlets.

The Corris walk event will be followed by circular guided walks from the Centre for Alternative Technology (4.4 miles) and Tre'r Ddol (3.5 miles) on Saturday 1 November.

To book places on these walks please contact Sue Roberts at Discover Dyfi: 07771 925884/01341 424811 or email:  

The 16 Discover Dyfi Routes:

Cwm Odyn - 5km - 3.5 miles
Cwm Hengae - 7.4 km - 4.6 miles
Cwm Ralltgoed - 8.4km - 5.2 miles
Cwrt - 4.8km - 3 miles
Pennal - 13.2km - 8.3 miles
Llyn Barfog - 5km - 3.1 miles
Dinas Mawddwy village walk - 5km - 3.1 miles

Talybont circular - 10.5km - 6.5miles
Mynydd Gorddu - 9.8km - 6.1 miles
Talybont Village Walk - 3.1km - 1.9miles
Tre'r Ddol circular route - 5.6km - 3.5miles
Borth - 10.7km - 6.6 miles

Ceinws to Llanwrin - 11.3km - 7 miles
CAT circular - 7.1km - 4.4 miles
Derwenlas - 6.2 km - 3.9 miles
Machynlleth to Morben - 8.3 km - 5.1 miles
Cae-adda - 10km - 6.2miles

The Dyfi Valley, Aberystwyth and surroundings has been recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve since 2009.

Exploring Dyfi is an initiative part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and is a component element of the Natural Resources Wales' Communities and Nature strategic project.

Over the last few years CAN has invested £14.5 million into projects in rural Wales that will bring economic benefits by improving leisure activities in rural areas. Get a flavour of more CAN funded projects on YouTube.

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