Talgarth Walking Festival is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers under the nationwide organisation Walkers Are Welcome. Talgarth Walkers Are Welcome Group (TWAWG) is one of six similar groups in towns located within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Walkers are Welcome is a not for profit organisation that aims to do what it says “welcome walkers” by encouraging visitors to come to the area, by providing top quality information on local walks, by maintaining footpaths and signage in the district, by contributing to local tourism and regeneration and to promote the use of local transport.
These aims are embedded in the Talgarth Walkers Are Welcome Group who organise the Talgarth Walking Festival. This community minded team works closely with other groups to help the town regenerate since various setbacks such as the closure of the Mid Wales Hospital. One of these regeneration schemes was the reinstatement of the water mill into a visitor attraction at Talgarth Mill complete with a café bakery.
The group aims to bring people to Talgarth, the ancient capital of Brecknockshire by showcasing some of the great walks on the lesser known eastern side of the Brecon Beacons National Park by running an annual walking festival over the first May Bank Holiday. The group has also helped to create waymarked walking routes around the area. These are promoted via booklets available in the town’s Tourist Information and Resource Centre situated in the centre of the town in the historic tower building that guards the river bridge.
Talgarth town has many interesting features. A rewarding walk might include a visit to St. Gwendoline’s church, the burial place of C18th evangelist Howell Harris and a stroll along the river might give you the chance to see a dipper. The outlying area contains two castles that guard this corner of the national park. Namely the newly refurbished tower at Bronllys Castle and the dominant mound of Castell Dinas that guards the high pass at Pengenffordd. We also boast, wild ponies, red kites, waterfalls and stunning open country all on Talgarth’s doorstep.
People say that our festival is friendly and that they value the relaxed atmosphere and well informed walk leaders. After a day’s walking the festival runs evening events to keep you entertained, from talks to film shows to quizzes. Each year we try to incorporate something for everyone, such as high country hikes, family fun challenges, photography, map reading and gentler strolls. We aim to please and hope that you will find time to come and see for yourselves what this “hidden treasure” that is Talgarth and its environs has to offer.