Previous Walks

An international festival of Fair Trade walks with a literary theme, running from March 1st – April 30th 2017

The festival is sponsored by

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http://www.scottishfairtradeforum.org.uk/take-action/other-ways-to-get-involved/internationalfestivalfairtradewalks.html#.WBsZufmLTIU

Wednesday 1st March – Bananas and Bards Walk
Meet at OXFAM in Castle Street, Swansea for the first walk in an international festival of Fair Trade Walks with a literary theme. Join a group of human size Fair Trade bananas walking around Swansea City Centre, handing out free Fair Trade samples and poetry books to shoppers and passers by!
Start at OXFAM at 11am. Finish at The Environment Centre’s Fair Trade Cake Break around mid-day.

Saturday 11th March 2017 : A walk in the footsteps of Idris Davies through the Rhymney Valley.

Meet from 10.30am at Rhymney Library, to leave at 11am for a 4 mile circular walk led by The Walking Poet, Julie Pritchard.

Contact Julie at pritchardjulie5@gmail.com or  FairTradeWaysWales at riversidepicnic@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 26th March (2-4) : Swimming in Words And Dreams

Come and join or watch as local artists, writers, swimmers, and anyone else who wants to join in, walk lengths of the now derelict Brynaman Lido, reading aloud literary passages referring to swimming, swimming pools, sea and water.
A group of local people are working to get the pool, which was originally built by the local community in the 1920s, and closed by the Council in 2010, re-opened with a natural pool, and a fair trade snack bar serving swimmers and walkers and cyclists using the riverside path.
Bring a flask of Fairtrade hot chocolate and a good book!

Contact : riversidepicnic@yahoo.co.uk

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Saturday 4th June 2016

We will finally be doing the final stretch of our series of long and winding Fair Trade Way walks westwards to St David’s.

Meet at 9.30am on Saturday 4th June at the Oxfam Shop in Haverfordwest (45a High Street, SA61 2BN) for a 20 mile walk along country lanes and footpaths to the Wales Coast Path and then up to St David’s.

This walk is in partnership with Swansea City of Sanctuary and Hiraeth Hope, who provide welcoming atmospheres for asylum seekers and refugees in Swansea and in Pembrokeshire. It will complete the route of a series of walks we have done stretching from Swansea to St David’s.

It will also link the iconic centres of St David’s and Hadrian’s Wall via a series of Fair Trade Way walks completed by various Fair Trade campaign groups, coming down from Scotland to Bristol and then across South Wales to St David’s.

Saturday 5th March 2016 : Kilvey Hill Fair Trade Way

(Blog from this walk : https://fairtradewayswales.wordpress.com/the-walk-blog/)

This Saturday March 5th 2016, we’ll be walking up Kilvey Hill… ready to look down with pride on Swansea : Fairtrade City and Swansea : City of Sanctuary!
Meet in Oxfam Castle Street Swansea at 11.30am. Free fairtrade bananas to all walkers!
Read the blog from our last walk up there, way back in 2012. 🙂
Where are you all now?

Picnic at the top of Kilvey Hill

26th JUNE – 4th JULY 2015 :

WALK TO INTERNATIONAL FAIRTRADE TOWNS CONFERENCE! 

On July 4th and 5th 2015, Bristol will be hosting the international Fairtrade Towns conference. (More info at www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk). There will be a delegation walking to it from Ammanford! It will be over 100 miles and will take a week 🙂 Join us for the whole walk, or for a day or for a bit of a day. See below for where we are each day. Watch this space for confirmation of starting points and times or contact us : riversidepicnic@yahoo.co.uk

FRIDAY 26TH JUNE : AMMANFORD-BRYNAMAN

A 6 mile walk along the riverside path cycle way.

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE : BRYNAMAN – GLYN NEATH

A 12 mile walk along the Amman Valley Cycle Way, footpaths, back roads and hill tracks. Starting from Siop Laria, Brynaman. Ending Glyn Neath Co-Operative Store.

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE : GLYN NEATH – ABERCYNON

A 15 mile walk along footpaths, back roads and The Cynon Trail. Starting from Glyn Neath Co-Operative Store.

MONDAY 29TH JUNE : ABERCYNON – CARDIFF

Approx 16 mile walk along The Cynon Trail and The Taff Trail.

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE : CARDIFF – NEWPORT

Approx 17 mile walk, mostly along The Welsh Coastal Path.

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY : NEWPORT – MAGOR

Approx 15 mile walk, mostly along The Welsh Coastal Path. Will include a visit to Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve’s fantastic Fairtrade visitor centre!

THURSDAY 2ND JULY : MAGOR – CHEPSTOW

Approx 15 mile walk mostly along The Welsh Coastal Path.

FRIDAY 3RD JULY : CHEPSTOW – BRISTOL

A 15 mile walk, over the Severn Bridge to Aust, then along The Severn Way into Bristol. Starting from Chepstow Oxfam Shop. Ending at the Create Centre, Bristol for pre-conference meal.

SATURDAY 4TH JULY : FINAL SHORT WALK TO CONFERENCE

SATURDAY 21st  MARCH 2015 :

TWRCH TRWYTH TRAIL FAIR TRADE WAY WALK

A PART OF THE TWRCH TRWYTH FESTIVAL OF DIVERSITY WEEKEND

From Brynaman to Ammanford.

Meet 10am at Siop Laria, Brynaman (next to the cinema) for a six mile walk along the riverside path, following the route of the Twrch Trwyth, finishing at the Twrch Trwyth Festival of Diversity in Quay Street, Ammanford.
http://www.arthurandthetwrchtrwyth.org.uk

A photo-film of the walk is on youtube here : https://youtu.be/p1LAgXKswDk

SATURDAY 8th MARCH 2015 :

A HAY/TIMBUKTU WALK!

10 am – 1 pm, organised by Drovers Cycles which will include a Fairtrade tea stop and information point. The walk begins at the Oxford Road car park at 11.20. Contact 01497831189 for further info.

TUESDAY 3rd MARCH 2015 :

SWANSEA BAY FAIR TRADE WAY

Meet at The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea at 11am.

Walk to The Red Cafe at Mumbles for Fairtrade Pasta Lunch!

THURSDAY 16th OCTOBER 2014 : WHITLAND – HAVERFORDWEST

THURSDAY 9TH JULY 2014 : CARMARTHEN-WHITLAND

A fantastic inaugural walk of the Carmarthen-Whitland section of the Carmarthenshire Fair Trade Way. See BLOG for details, and lots of pictures showing the start of the walk here.

WEDNESDAY 18th JUNE 2014 : CARMARTHEN – LLANELLI

On Wednesday 18th June, a small group, including those planning to walk to Bristol next year, walked this 26 mile route from the Oxfam Shop in King Street, Carmarthen to the Millennium Coastal Path in Llanelli, to raise money for Oxfam’s Sudan Appeal.

SATURDAY 10th MAY 2014 – WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY

Over 50 people (mainly members of 2nd Ammanford Scouts, Cubs and Beavers!) turned out in pouring rain to mark World Fair Trade Day by walking the start of the Ammanford-Swansea Fair Trade Way, from iSmooth community cafe in Ammanford up to Garnswllt Activity Centre, which hosted a Fair Trade Fun Day with various Fairtrade stalls and activities, and Fairtrade pasta lunches.

SWANSEA BAY FAIR TRADE WAY
TUESDAY 4th MARCH 2014

– The most walked Fair Trade Way in Wales, walked during Fairtrade Fortnight for the fourth year in a row! From The Environment Centre, to The Red Cafe, wonderful providers of Fairtrade Pasta lunches!

PHOTOGRAPHY WALK!

Friday 28th FEBRUARY 2014

A Family friendly Photography Walk and picnic, organised by Garnswllt Activity Centre, Heol Y Mynnydd, Garnswllt SA18 2SE. 11-4.
More details : 01269 505082
www.garnswlltactivitycentre.co.uk
Facebook: Garnswllt Activity Centre
Twitter: @GarnswlltActCen
Fairtrade drinks available at the centre’s cafe which is open every Saturday from 11-2, providing a great base for walks exploring the surrounding area’s beautiful hills, mountains and valleys.

INAUGURAL WALK OF THE AMMANFORD-SWANSEA FAIR TRADE WAY.

WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER 2013.

Following the success of the walk along the Carmarthenshire Fair Trade Way from Ammanford to Carmarthen, we are now walking the stretch from Ammanford to Swansea.
The walk uses stretches of St Illtyd’s Walk, The Gower Way, National Cycle Way 4 and The Coastal Path.

Wednesday 16th October is World Food Day 2013, the theme of which this year is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.
More details at http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/
Our walk will link in with this theme, locally and internationally, from making Fairtrade Banana smoothies on a bicycle powered smoothie machine in a local community cafe, to hopefully linking up through skype with Fairtrade producers around the world.

Plans for day :
9am – Gather at iSmooth community cafe, College Street, Ammanford.
Fairtrade banana smoothie making with iSmooth’s bicycle powered smoothie maker.
Walkers leave 9.30am. Supporters continue making smoothies!

1pm ish – Lunch stop at Pontarddulais Co-Op.

4.30ish – Afternoon Tea at Bikeability www.bikeabilitywales.org.uk

7ish – Arrive at Environment Centre, where members of Swansea Fairtrade Forum will be hosting a shared meal event from 6pm, and will provide refreshments for walkers. LUSH Fairtrade Foot Cream will also be available for foot massages!

WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE

CARMARTHENSHIRE FAIR TRADE WAY

Fairtrade supporters (everyone is welcome!) will be walking the Carmarthenshire Fair Trade Way, which runs from Ammanford to Carmarthen via Llandeilo.
We will be meeting at i-smooth community cafe in College Street, Ammanford from 9am, to leave from the front of the Co-Op (opposite) at 9.30am.
Bring an empty flask to i-smooth and get it filled with fairtrade tea, coffee or hot chocolate for free courtesy of Ammanford Fairtrade Group!
With stops at community cafes in Trap and Dryslwyn, and a school samba band marching with us through Llandeilo, this will be fun fairtrade campaigning!!
If you think a 20 mile-plus walk isn’t fun, then you are welcome to join us for a part of it; Either join us at the beginning and walk as far as you like, or get in touch before for rough timings of places where you could join in.
Contact Phil at riversidepicnic@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to join us for some or all of the way.
View or Download Map of Carmarthenshire Fair Trade Way (to use this map you also need to refer to OS landranger map 159)

WEDNESDAY 6th MARCH 2013
COME AND WALK THE SWANSEA BAY FAIR TRADE WAY!

A beautiful stroll along the sea front path from Swansea to Mumbles.
Meet at 11am in the Fair Trade cafe and shop at The Environment Centre , Pier Street, Swansea. SA1 1RY.
Walk with hosts, Swansea Fair Trade Forum, to The Red Cafe, Mumbles Road, SA3 4HE, where you can enjoy a well earned ethical lunch, with Fairtrade pasta a speciality!

This is an easy, flat five mile walk on a seafront prom/footpath, or beach if you prefer.
Choice of walk or frequent buses back.

It is likely that there will be a stop for fairtrade refreshments half way. Please contact Jenny at The Environment Centre if you would like more information.
Orders for Red Cafe meals will be phoned through from the start of the walk.

More information :
The Environment Centre : 01792 480200 www.environmentcentre.org.uk
The Red Cafe : 01792 362122 www.redcafe.org.uk

5th November 2012

A walk around Ammanford, getting information for the group’s Fairtrade Directory and for their Fairtrade Town renewal form.

10 September 2012

A walk from Ammanford to Llandeilo, putting up the first Fairtrade Way markers in Wales!

Saturday 19th May 2012

To celebrate Swansea’s status as both a Fairtrade City and as a City of Sanctuary offering support for asylum seekers and refugees, we will be walking up Kilvey Hill, to look down with pride on our Fairtrade City of Sanctuary! Meet at the Oxfam Books and Music Shop in Castle Street, Swansea at 11am. Free Fairtrade bananas for all walkers! (If you would like to do the walk as a sponsored walk to raise money for SHARE Tawe, a charity supporting homeless asylum seekers, sponsor forms are available at www.sharetawe.org.uk)

Saturday 5th and 6th May 2012

There will be walks all around Wales’ coast to celebrate the official opening of the Wales Coast Path. For details of walks, go to www.ramblers.org.uk/wales … and don’t forget your flask of fairtrade tea/coffee/hot chocolate.

Saturday 10th March 2012

Roath

From Albany Road Primary School, around Roath, highlighting local Fairtrade outlets.
See Map

Wednesday 7th March 2012 10am -12pm

Wrecsam

Join us as we take a walk around Wrecsam and visit several churches and chapels who promote Fairtrade in the town. We ask that the members of those churches decorate the entrance to their church with Fairtrade banners, posters etc, and encourage as many as possible of their members to accompany us on the walk. We hope to start from Capel y Groes at 10.00am and accumulate walkers from the other churches and chapels on the route. The walk will end at Trinity church , where the Rev. Brian Mathews will lead us in a short service and where we’ll be able to enjoy Fairtrade nibbles.

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL!

The Route, with approximate times:-
10.00 am – CAPEL Y GROES
10.10 am – EBENESER
10.25 am – JERUSALEM
10.40 am – ST. MARGARET’S (G.V.)
10.55 am – BETHEL (G.V.)
11.25 am – ST. JAMES’, RHOSDDU
11.30 am – SALVATION ARMY
11.40 am – ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL
11.45 am – REGENT ST METHODIST
11.50 am – ST GILES
12.00 pm – TRINITY

More info in Welsh and English

Tuesday 6th March 2012

Llandeilo Primary School (with Fairtrade cotton producer Mrunal) and Ammanford Nursery School both walked fair trade ways around their local co-ops, finding loads of products with the Fairtrade mark.

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 2pm

Llandrindod

Meet at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod www.herbgardencafe.co.uk

A guided walk around the historic spa town of Llandrindod, pointing out both historic sites of interest and Fairtrade outlets!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 11am

Swansea Bay Fair Trade Way

A route has been walked in Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 and 2011 (and will be again in 2012) from the Oxfam Bookshop in Castle Street, Swansea, to The Red Café in Mumbles. The walk along the seafront, once described as more beautiful than the Bay of Naples, passes several Fairtrade cafés. In 2012 we will be encouraging people to visit one of the two Fairtrade cafés in Castle Street before starting the walk; The Cove or Monkey Café.

Walk leaves Oxfam at 11am.

Swansea Bay Fair Trade Way 2012

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10.50am

Hay-on-Wye

Join the Hay F.T.Group and Hay Walkers on a 3 mile walk through the beautiful border country side surrounding the town. Individuals, family groups, all ages,all welcome.
Bring your own refreshments or F.T. cafes available in town. Our local Fairtrade Directory will be distributed together with a simple route map at the start.
Meet us at the bottom of the main car-park at 10.50am for an 11am start.

Wednesday 29 February 2012, 2pm

Cardiff

Canton Fair Trade Walk: At 2pm on Wednesday 29 February there’s a walk around Canton, beginning and ending at Chapter Arts Centre. The walk will last about an hour. See Map

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