Valeways Newsletter Summer 2013



Summer is here! – and as it might not last too long let us all get out there and make the most of our countryside.

With little time to recover from their contribution to the Vale Walking Festival our Walk Leaders have compiled yet another interesting and varied Walk Programme. 

Those of you who might be worried about all those television programmes you might miss while walking – worry no more as you won’t miss much!


Feedback has shown that the 4th Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival was a resounding success! Many people commented on the wonderful variety of walks which provided an opportunity to explore some lesser known areas of our Vale as well as the popular ‘tried and tested’ routes.

We have recorded that all 21 walks took place and were attended by 261 walkers – a substantial increase on last year’s figures.

Some innovative ideas were also introduced including a very popular story-telling walk and the use of the Greenlinks bus service.


Thanks to all the walkers who have sent photographs of the various walks.

We would welcome any additional observations, suggestions and experiences in order to develop and improve the Festival in the future.

We all have a tale to tell. Some of us were fortunate to be accompanied by Jane Hutt AM and some returned to a welcoming cup of tea and biscuits! (Thanks to the ladies at Gileston Church)


A very big ‘Thank You’ to all our partners and Valeways volunteer Walk Leaders for providing walks during the Festival. Without them all it would not have been possible.

As well as leading walks they compiled their own routes, checked them in advance and generally enabled all walks to be undertaken in a safe and pleasant atmosphere.

One thoughtful leader even supplied sun lotion for his walkers! (Thanks Dave)


And of course we were blessed with a week-end of fine weather which showed the Vale at its best.


One of the roles undertaken by Valeways is to identify, maintain and preserve public rights of way in the Vale and during the last few weeks a number of groups have joined forces with us to continue this important work.

As part of their Personal and Social Development Community Service Course students from Barry Boys Comprehensive School collected rubbish along a path leading down to Porthkerry Park.

Having collected six large bags in this rather small area alone, the students were shocked at the amount of litter people drop. Well done boys and thank you Phil and Val for organising this project.


As you know, Valeways has seen a big reduction in its funding from the Vale of Glamorgan Council over the last few years. At the recent Cabinet meeting of the Council it was resolved to grant Valeways £10,000 (a 50% reduction on last year’s funding!) with no funding available for 2014-15!

An intervention by Plaid Councillor Ian Johnson enabled the decision to be presented for scrutiny. The Scrutiny Committee met on 18 June where Councillor Johnson asked a number of pertinent questions relating to some anomalies in the Council’s decision. Valeways was represented by Val Warlow who made an impassioned plea for the continuation of funding, listing all the valuable contributions Valeways makes to the betterment of the residents of the Vale and beyond.

Although the meeting was open to the public unfortunately no further comments were allowed and the final decision to endorse the Council’s original resolution was passed unanimously.

A number of Valeways supporters who attended the meeting were very despondent by the Vale’s lack of vision in appreciating the work Valeways has achieved in the past and would hope to expand in the future.  Many were also incensed at some of the Councillors’ comments. One Councillor equated Valeways’ bid for funding to a soccer club asking for assistance and continued, “We can’t keep giving handouts”, whilst another Councillor commented  that as Valeways’ walking leaflets are so colourful and attractive they must be too costly!

As the newsletter goes to print a meeting of Valeways Trustees has been arranged to discuss and assess the viability of Valeways continuing in its current form. Look on our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further news.

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