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    Montgomery Walking Festival kicked off with a sunny and hugely enjoyable sponsored walk on Lymore footpaths with 103 Montgomery school children  and teachers and a  damp Friday evening under the Fridd. Seventeen,  nothing deterred, walkers took part ending up at The Cottage where a great atmosphere was created with German beers and Oktoberfest food  adding to the usual Monty's fare and with All Fired Up getting some serious audience participation. Despite dire predictions,  the rain had disappeared by 7 am on Saturday morning well in time to wave off the intrepid walkers undertaking the 24 mile Challenge. They were followed a couple of hours later by a much larger group taking the service bus to Churchstoke and experiencing the lovely  'mini alps' walk back to Montgomery.  Well over a hundred  walkers took part in seven walks of varying lengths and all were rewarded with  fine weather, good company  and fabulous long distance views. Several of the walks were only possible because of the valuable work of  the Vale of Montgomery Footpath Volunteers with Powys Countryside Services on the local Rights of Way network. Saturday night saw the Festival Supper, a thank you to our dedicated and knowledgeable band of walk leaders who put so much effort into making the Festival an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all. We were well entertained with the  home- grown talent of Monty Folk and Cor Trefaldwyn, degenerating into a band of well fed and watered diners assisting with Ar hyd y nos and Calon Lan as if to the Welsh manner born. Alun and Val from Bradford won the accolade of attending the maximum number of Festival walks and events possible and said: "We really enjoyed the weekend. The events and organisation (and bara brith !) were so good and the walks and the leaders made for some great experiences.  You even got the weather sorted. We take our hats off to you. Hopefully we'll be allowed back next year!"   Walkers are Welcome Montgomery already have routes in planning for October 4-6th 2019.  All walks were fully booked this year so don't miss out; booking opens May 1st  2019 on our website www.MontgomeryWalkingFestival.co.uk