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Luggage and accommodation service launched for Wales Coast Path walkers

Three of North Wales' walking holiday companies are joining forces to provide a service for ambitious walkers looking to tackle the whole of the northern Wales Coast Path.

Together the three companies will be able to book all the necessary accommodation and handle all the logistics of baggage transfer and pickups.

There is nothing more annoying than walking along a trail all day and then discovering that you have to walk another two miles to get to your hotel - and another two miles to get back to the trail the next morning.

Luggage transport means that being weighed down with a haversack is a thing of the past. No heavy bag makes walking much more enjoyable and hugely increases the ground that can be covered in a day.

– Peter Hewlett, Managing Director, Edge of Wales Walk

How much are house prices where you live?

The average price of a house in Wales in February was £158,791, an increase of £1,235 or 0.8% since January - the highest price since September 2008.

The most expensive houses in Wales can be found in the Vale of Glamorgan, whilst the cheapest are currently in Blaenau Gwent.

Find out where your area ranks in the list below, which shows average prices for each area in February 2014.

  • Vale of Glamorgan - £218, 804
  • Monmouthshire - £214,939
  • Cardiff - £197,819
  • Ceredigion - £180,025
  • Powys - £178,456
  • Isle of Anglesey - £171,653
  • Pembrokeshire - £167,127
  • Gwynedd - £160,481
  • Flintshire - £159,769
  • Wrexham - £159,254
  • Swansea - £158,823
  • Denbighshire - £155,360
  • Newport - £154,011
  • Conwy - £151,932
  • Bridgend - £148,078
  • Carmarthenshire - £142,954
  • Torfaen - £141,636
  • Caerphilly - £124,057
  • Neath Port Talbot - £114,632
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff - £112,124
  • Merthyr Tydfil - £98,010
  • Blaenau Gwent - £81,839

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New scheme encourages walkers to tackle Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast path opened in May 2012 Credit: PA

A new initiative has been set up to use the Wales Coast Path as a shot in the arm for the Tourist Industry in North Wales.

Three of North Wales' walking holiday companies have joined forces to provide what they call a full and seamless service for ambitious walkers looking to tackle the whole of the northern Wales Coast Path.

Together the three companies will be able to book all the necessary accommodation, and handle the logistics of baggage transfer and pickups, while walkers are free to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The three companies that will operate the service are Clwydian Walking Holidays, Anglesey Walking Holidays and Edge of Wales Walk.

The Wales Coast Path is an 870 mile path that goes all the way around the Welsh Coast. 320 miles of the path are in North Wales.

Welsh house prices rise to their highest in six years

The average price of a house in Wales rose by 0.8% between January and February Credit: PA

The average price for a house in Wales rose by £1,235 in February to £158,791.

This is the highest price since September 2008, when it reached £159,507, (although it did briefly get as high as £158,650 in February 2010.)

It remains nevertheless well short of the all time peak price of £171,145 which was reached in October 2007.

Prices have now risen successively in seven of the last twelve months, on an annual basis.

Comparing Wales with other regions, we see that on a monthly basis, it is just about in the middle.

Milkman retires after 53 years of service

Chris celebrating 50 years in service, three years ago Credit: Ceres PR

Chris Frankland, a Dairy Crest milk&more milkman from Cardiff, is retiring after 53 years of service to the Dinas Powys area.

The 74-year-old started his career on September 1st 1957, and ever since has been spending his early mornings ensuring his customers have fresh milk on their doorstep.

Chris has been a franchisee milkman since 1984 Credit: Ceres PR

Whether he was in pouring rain or knee deep in snow, he delivered to his customers whatever the weather - sometimes even picking up their shopping or prescriptions!

Although he has been working as a milkman for 53 years, he says his love of serving his community started even earlier, when he was a milkboy in 1949.

Chris's last round will be this Saturday 26th April.

Alcohol price rise linked to drop in violence

An increase in alcohol prices is partly responsible for a reduction in binge drinking and serious violence for the sixth consecutive year, a study has claimed.

The number of people injured in serious violence dropped by 12% in 2013 compared to 2012, with more than 32,000 fewer people treated for injuries relating to violence in England and Wales, a Cardiff University report found.

Lead author of the study and Director of the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University said a change in alcohol habits since 2008 could be one reason for the continued reduction.

Binge drinking has become less frequent, and the proportion of youths who don't drink alcohol at all has risen sharply. Also, after decades in which alcohol has become more affordable, since 2008 it has become less affordable.

For people most prone to involvement in violence, those aged 18-30, falls in disposable income are probably an important factor.

– Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University

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Key Church meeting held to discuss same-sex marriage

Same sex marriage is among the issues to be discussed in today's meeting Credit: PA

Same-sex marriage and assisted dying are among the issues to be discussed by clergy and lay people from across Wales, at a key Church meeting today.

The meeting will take place over two days at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

Members of the Church in Wales' Governing Body will consider reports on the two sometimes controversial subjects.

The 144 members will be put into small groups to discuss the reports, which outline the theological perspective on the issues.

They will not be asked to decide the Church's views on either.

Also on the agenda will be discussions about guidelines to accompany the Canon to ordain women as bishops.

Serious violence drops by 12% in Wales and England

Serious violence affecting all age groups decreased in 2013 compared to 2012 Credit: PA

The number of people injured in incidents of serious violence dropped by 12% in 2013 compared to 2012, according to an England and Wales study by Cardiff University.

The findings confirmed that those most at risk of serious violence-related injury continue to be males aged 18-30.

The results also found the weekend to be the most violent period of the week, as violence-related attendance was most frequent on Saturday and Sunday.

The data was gathered from a scientific sample of 117 Emergency Departments, Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres in England and Wales.

Lead author of the study and Director of the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University, Professor Jonathan Shepherd said,

"The data shows another significant year on year fall in serious violence across England and Wales. Apart from a 7% increase in 2008, levels of serious violence have fallen every year since 2001."

Experts say an increase in alcohol prices is partly responsible for the reduction.

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