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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 10:59 UK time, Friday, 19 March 2010

The residents of Portland Street in Abertillery have been getting out in the fresh air in their bid to get fitter and healthier, by talking up walking in their local area.

The initial health survey carried out on the residents for X-Ray's One Street One Goal showed that only one person in the street was taking the recommended weekly dose of exercise.

So, Rhodri Owen and some of the Portland Street residents teamed up with walk tour guide - and neighbour from the street - Ivor Beynon and his family for a walk in the Blaenavon area.


Portland Street resident Ivor Beynon is a walk tour guide for the valleys.

They met at the Coity Tip Trail, just a couple of miles away from Portland Street as the crow flies. The walk is part of the Blaenavon World Heritage site, which includes historical attractions like Blaenavon Ironworks and the Big Pit National Coal Museum.

The trail is a gentle circular walk under a mile long, and is one of several walks available in the area that vary in length and difficulty. The Coity Tip is part of a nature reserve and on the walk Ivor, Rhodri and the rest of the residents spotted some wildlife by pond dipping.



Residents meet before they start the Coity Tip walk

The walk, that will take you under 30 minutes to complete, also takes in views of Big Pit, which featured in The Pirate Planet episode of Doctor Who, starring Tom Baker and written by Douglas Adams.

If you feel inspired to get outdoors and take a walk in your local area, try browsing through some of the walks that featured in the latest series of Weatherman Walking, presented by BBC Wales weather forecaster Derek Brockway.


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