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As a keen walker and public transport enthusiast, Jo Kibble was intrigued to discover the newly launched Montgomery Bus Walks produced by Walkers are Welcome Montgomery in association with Tanat Valley bus company.

Jo Kibble has recently been interviewed on many regional radio stations and Channel 4, after being somewhat surprised to rise to fame during August when his travel blog of a recent day’s bus journey from London to Morecombe went viral, being viewed over one and half million times.

In September, whilst having a quick chat with a route 81 driver outside Montgomery Town Hall,  he met three walkers just about to catch the bus to walk back into Montgomery in time for lunch using one of three new walking leaflets with seven walks which give the opportunity to “bus out - walk back” through the Montgomeryshire countryside and its wonderful views. 

One of the walkers, Mary Nicholson, told Jo, “I live near Berriew and have been using the bus walks since they were published in July. I organise a local walking group and we have used these Bus Out Walk Back trails several times. They have become really popular. The descriptions are so clear and all the walks easily accessible thanks to the local Footpath Volunteers. I have done most of the seven walks and my next will be the longest: a 9 mile ramble over Corndon Hill. I am sure that will be a stunning walk.” 

Jo commented, “This is a splendid idea for encouraging people to explore the beautiful Borders countryside. There are walks here for everyone from a short 4 miles to the longer one that Mary mentioned. It’s also a great way of getting people to use the bus services more, particularly after covid.”

The leaflets have been produced with assistance from a grant from the Welsh Government and PAVO and can be picked up in Montgomery from Ivy House, Bunners or the Tourist Information Box, or downloaded from the Walkers are Welcome site at https://www.montgomery-waw.org.uk/walkers/walks/