Blaenavon World Heritage Site September News & Events.
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The Valleys Walking Festival 2014
This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Festival that started off in the Rhondda valleys in 2004 and spread across the whole of the valleys. The festival of walk start on Saturday 6th September and then there is a walk a day until Saturday 20th September.      
A circular walk through the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, discovering the hidden archaeology and spectacular views is on Sunday 14 September at 1:00pm a distance of 4.5 miles taking approximately 2.5 hours Start Point; Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, NP4 9AE. Further details at:

Blaenavon Autumn Fayre
Blaenavon residents are invited to put their best bake-off skills and taste buds to the test this autumn with a series of events and activities aiming to showcase the very best that the local high street has to offer.
The Blaenavon Autumn Fayre takes place on September 27 from 12pm-4pm with a programme of fun foodie activities including cookery demonstrations from Franco Taruschio from the Blaenavon Chef School and tasters from the new chef at the Lion Hotel.
The event is part of Support Your High Street week – a Wales-wide campaign aimed at encouraging partners, local businesses and communities to support their local high streets and rediscover the benefits of shopping locally.
For more information please contact 01495 742333 or
September at the Railway
Our Steam Gala takes place on the 12 to 14 September and concludes our routine running for the season. Over the weekend there will be five locos in steam – four of which have been made by Andrew Barclay. Two and three day passes are available and full details of prices and times are available - Visit our Website
Walking in the Footsteps of Alexander Cordell Minibus Tour -                                27 September - 10am - 3pm 
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous local novelist Alexander Cordell, author of the highly acclaimed Rape of the Fair Country and This Proud and Savage Land.
To celebrate this historical landmark the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, in conjunction with well-known local historian Chris Barber, is offering you the opportunity to walk in the author’s footsteps.  You will travel by bus to important and spectacular locations featured in the novels. 
To book telephone 01495 742333
Cost: £15 adults / children under 16 half price



Improvements  to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath at Govilon
The Canal & River Trust in collaboration with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have completed improvements to 600 metres of the towpath at Govilon. This section of the towpath is within the boundary of Blaenavon World Heritage Site and part of the Usk Valley Walk. The towpath became very muddy and wet in poor weather and was also too narrow to safely allow pedestrians and cyclists to pass each other. The improvements have provided a high quality towpath with well drained compacted dust surface that is wide enough to enable users to pass safely. There are a number of circular walking routes which link to the canal towpath between Govilon and Llanfoist.


Tour of Britain                                   Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and the country's largest free-to-spectate live sporting event. Starting on 7 - 14 September, Stage 3 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain set off this week from Newtown and the riders faced a 179.9km climb before they finish with the Category 1 climb of The Keepers situated within the World Heritage Site.  Further details -


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