Creative Rural Communities launch ten new walks ahead of the festive period


12 December 2014


Ten new walks around the Vale of Glamorgan have been launched by Creative Rural Communities in time for Christmas.


Entitled Vale Trails, the series of five coastal and five inland walks have been developed by Creative Rural Communities, the rural regeneration arm of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, in conjunction with Vale of Glamorgan ramblers and Valeways.


Creative Rural Communities beach walk 2014Leaflets of each of the ten walks, which include an easy and more challenging route for differing walking abilities, places of interest, and even the number of calories burned, are available to download online at and pick up at 50 tourism information stands across the area.


Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Councillor Lis Burnett, said: “Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan combines a fascinating 60 kilometre stretch of the Wales Coast Path with the picturesque, historic beauty of inland Vale. When you live in the Vale, you sometimes take for granted what you have on your doorstep and by developing these walks we also hope to encourage local people to get out in the fresh air and discover the beautiful coast and countryside we are blessed with here.”


Blogger Will Renwick, from Llancarfan, who is a Ramblers’ Cymru Champion for Young Walkers, has played an instrumental role in developing the ten trails. He said: “We are so lucky in the Vale to have such a varied landscape; with hidden valleys, ancient woodland and what I think are some of the most dramatic beaches in Wales. The best way to see this is to get out walking, you'll realise that there is so much beyond the road and hedgerow.”


Vale Trails have been unveiled ahead of the festive period in a bid to encourage families and residents of the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas to get out in the fresh air and walk off the Christmas over-indulgences.


Phil Chappell, Principal Rural Regeneration Officer at Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The festive period is notoriously a time of over-indulgences so we hope our ten Vale Trails will stimulate people to take a short stroll to burn off the Christmas dinner or a heartier ramble to kick-start their new year’s fitness resolutions.


Creative Rural Communities walks 2014“The rural Vale of Glamorgan really is a winter wonderland at this time of year and we’d encourage everyone to discover the beauty of our rugged coast, the heritage of our market towns and the history of our villages.


“We’ve got walks to suit everyone whether it’s short fun walks that children will love; leisurely strolls for people new to walking; or longer walks for those that want a good leg-stretch over the Christmas break.


To coincide with the launch of the ten trails, Creative Rural Communities is running a competition to win £200 to spend online at outdoor clothing brand Skogstad UK, which is based in Barry. Details of this competition can be found on Twitter @ValeTrails.


As part of the Wales Rural Development Plan (RDP), Creative Rural Communities has delivered improvements to the Wales Coast Path and key assets within the Vale.


Vale Trails is funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.