Hundreds of people set off for 100-mile walk

Hundreds of people will head off from Pontypool today for a 100-mile walk. The event has been held every year bar one since 1973.

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Hundreds set off from Pontypool for 100 mile walk

Hundreds of people are taking part in the event. Credit: ITV Wales

Hundreds of people have set off from Pontypool for a 100 mile walk.

The event is held every year in a different part of the country by the Long Distance Walkers Association - and this year it's in the South Wales valleys.

The first 100 mile event was held in 1973 and has been going ever since bar 2001, when the foot and mouth outbreak closed the countryside.

Organisers say it will take walkers between 26 and 48 hours to complete the course, with 16 checkpoints en route.

The 100 mile walk has been held every years since 1973 bar one. Credit: ITV Wales