WALKERS can join other walkers and trek to the top of a mountain this Good Friday.

Last year hundreds of people answered the call of Cymdeithas Twmbarlwm Society to revive the tradition of walking to the top of the mountain on Good Friday. This year's event known as the 'Hot Cross Bun Walk' will be held on Friday 6th April.

In years gone by people from Risca, Cwmbran and Newport always enjoyed a day out "up the Tump" on Good Friday - Sunday schools, chapels, youth clubs, families and even whole streets would organise to walk to the top of the Tump - some church groups would carry a cross to the top and sing a few hymns. This tradition probably goes back to medieval times when Twmbarlwm was on the route of the Cistercian pilgrimage trail from Llantarnam to Penrhys. The Society intends to follow a small part of that pilgrimage trail by walking from Pontymister Bridge (known locally as the Stoney Bridge) - up Manor Road, through Ty-Sign and up Mountain Road to Twmbarlwm. We will be joined there by the Ancient Cwmbran Project who will have walked the route to Twmbarlwm from Green Meadow Community Farm -see details below.

~ so come on, be part of it again, get up there, bring your friends and family ~ have a picnic and a healthy day out in the wonderful countryside on your own doorstep.

On Good Friday the Twmbarlwm Society will be leaving old Pontymister bridge, at the far end of Fields Road, at 10.30am promptly. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring refreshments with you to help celebrate Good Friday at the tump.

The Ancient Cwmbrân Project leaves Green Meadow Community Farm car park at 10.00am The walk up to the tump/pimple from Pontymister should last no more than 2 hours