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Two Hills from Llangasty on Llangorse Lake – Sept 2018

At the trig point on Mynydd Llangorse

A very small party of 7 walkers from the Four Wells and East Radnor Ramblers braved the dire weather forecast for an eleven mile walk taking in the stiff climbs to the tops of Mynydd Llangorse and Allt yr Esgair.  Despite the Beacons and Black Mountains being shrouded in cloud all day, the hills we were on stayed clear and afforded dramatic views from the tops.  We were even treated to some glimpses of sunshine and some patches of blue sky.

Looking towards Talybont from Mynydd LlangorseFrom the shore of Llangorse Lake we passed by Treberfydd House before regaining the road for an unavoidable mile and a half.  We then had a long climb up to Mynydd Llangorse via Cwm Shenkin, and the Shepherds Hut restored as a memorial to Kevin John Thomas who died in 1998 rescuing a child from a fast flowing river.

Walking by Llangorse LakeOnce on the ridge we could stride out with a 360 degree view. Our route then took us down the west side of the hill to Hoel Las Farm.  Some more lane walking got us to the start of our path up Allt yr Esgair.  Great views from the top down to the Usk Valley on one side and Llangorse Lake on the other.  The return to our cars near Llangasty church was a very pleasant one by the side of the lake where there were some yacht racing going on.

We all repaired to the Honey Cafe at Bronllys for tea and cake which we felt was well deserved.

13 Mile Walk from near Glaslyn – 25 August 2018

Walking to Bugeilyn lakeA small party of 9 (6 women and 3 men) tackled a thirteen mile walk lead by Peter Loughran.  Our route took us past Glaslyn lake and on towards Bugeilyn lake, passing the ruins of an old farmhouse on the way.

The weather was gloomy with passing showers, and we experienced some heavy downpours in the Hengwm valley where we had to negotiate several streams. But the weather improved by lunchtime which we had looking down towards Nant-y-Moch Reservoir.

View from Tarren Bwlch-gwynSunshine was with us most of the afternoon and what a difference it makes to the spirit and the scenery.  By the time we reached our tea spot on Tarren Bwlch-gwyn we were treated to magnificent views down the steep valley and in the distance we could see Cadar Idris and the Arans. It certainly made the earlier yomping worthwhile.  Our homeward route was the same as the start but in much better weather.  It was a tiring walk (well for me anyway), but very satisfying.


Circular Walk from Llysdinam – Saturday 14th July 2018

Beautiful scenerySeven of us enjoyed a lovely walk from Llysdinam taking in Wern Coed, Drum Ddu and Craigol.  A 10 miler on a warm day, but with good if hazy views.

Lunch stop with a viewOur leader, Ann, had devised a great route with paths many of us had not explored before. Some climbing was involved but worth it. Our view at lunchtime was excellent.

The landscape was looking very parched due to all the fine weather we have been experiencing. Where are the green, green hills!

Circular Walk from Eardisley – 2 June 2018

Ten members of the Four Wells and East Radnor Ramblers met at the New Strand Cafe in Eardisley for a 9 miles walk to Almeley, and back through the Herefordshire countryside sometimes on the Herefordshire Way. This is a moderately flat walk so a nice change from the ups and downs we usually encounter walking in Wales.

We made good progress reaching our coffee spot by the lake opposite Nieuport House before 11am. Rhododendrons were looking good.  After our break we made our way to Almeley were we encountered some very interested bullocks though they decided not to follow us as we made our way past Almeley motte and bailey and village church.

We continued on passing around the back of Nieuport house which is always interesting, and stopped for our lunch in the shade of some trees. We picked up the Herefordshire trail at Lower Welson, a lovely black and white house, and then started heading back towards Eardisley.  We stopped to admire the Great Oak, though no-one could be persuaded to go inside!  On our return to the New Strand Cafe in Eardisley, 8 of us enjoyed tea and cake.  A very enjoyable walk.

Rhododendrons on the Nieuport House Estate

Rhododendrons on the Nieuport House Estate

Elevenses by the lake overlooking Nieuport House

Elevenses by the lake overlooking Nieuport House

Almeley motte & bailey and church

Almeley Motte & Bailey with Church in the background

The Great Oak at Eardisley

The Great Oak at Eardisley

Linear Walk on Castle Bank & the Carneddau – 19 May 2018

Nine of us enjoyed a lovely day’s walking and an escape from the ‘Royal Wedding’ on a circuitous 9 mile linear from above Rhogo down to Llanelwedd.  The weather was stunning and views delightful throughout.  Walking Castle Bank and the Carneddau is delightful with paths all over the place enabling us to sample the great rocky outcrops, and a 360 degree view from the Cairn.  Once past Caer Einon it was all downhill to Llanelwedd and back to our cars.

Walking on Castle Bank

Walking Castle Bank                                                          

Enjoying the weather on the Carneddau

Enjoying the weather on the Carneddau

View down to the Wye Valley

View down to the Wye Valley

Gospel Pass, Capel y Ffin, Hay Bluff – 21 April 2018

Eleven members of the Four Wells Ramblers and East Radnor Ramblers enjoyed fine weather, if hazy views, for a 10 mile walk in the Black Mountains.  Our route took us from the car park at Capel y Ffin, up towards but not to, Twmpa.  We then headed south towards Capel y Ffin, pausing for our elevenses at a suitably scenic spot.  Continuing along the ridge we reached the end with views down to Capel y Ffin and the Ewyas Valley.  We negotiated the steep descent safely, and walked through an interesting garden with various pieces of art work on display.  Our path took us past the pretty church of St Mary’s – the small tower looks most precarious but one assumes it is quite secure!  We then set out to accomplish most of the stiff ascent before lunch, and it certainly was pretty steep.  Lunch provided a welcome respite from all the climbing and offered some lovely views.  One final push and we were up on Offa’s Dyke Path and heading towards Hay Bluff.  Boy, does that path go on, and on, and on……. We were very pleased to see the trig point on Hay Bluff in the distance, but couldn’t understand why there was a crowd of people standing around in a circle.  A prayer meeting? A mountain rescue?  No – we discovered it was a wedding!  Well, why not?  Leaving them to their nuptials, we continued south and towards our final destination.  At last we had the cars in view and we began our descent down to Gospel Pass car park.  An excellent workout which we all enjoyed.

Climbing up from Gospel Pass

Climbing up from Gospel Pass

Our descent to Capel y Ffin

Start of the descent to Capel y Ffin

St Mary's Church, Capel y Ffin

St Mary’s Church, Capel y Ffin

On of the more interesting stiles made of stone

One of the more interesting stiles made of stone

Descending to Gospel Pass

Our descent back to Gospel Pass


A Walk on the Hills from Gospel Pass

Why not join us for a hike in the Black Mountains taking in Lord Hereford’s Knob, descending via Darren Lwyd. Sharp climb to Offa’s Dyke path to Hay Bluff.

We’re meeting at Llanelwedd Industrial Estate (SO055517) at 9am for car share.  Alternatively meet us at Gospel Pass car park (SO236361) at 10am.  Chris Jones is our leader for what should be a great walk.  Not sure this beautiful weather is going to keep up but fingers crossed we will not have rain. #blackmountains #walkinginwales #getoutside

A Walk from Bwlch Nant yr Arian

On 7th April 2018, 5 of us set out on a very wet day to undertake a figure of eight walk from the visitor centre at Nant yr Arian.  We had hoped that the offer of a 3-4 mile short walk to start with might encourage some new walkers to join us.  However, the weather was so unpromising, it was amazing that 5 of us turned up at all!

The first part of the walk was very wet but not bad going under foot, as the paths are well maintained at Nant yr Arian.  The plan had been to have a leisurely lunch near the visitor centre before setting off on the second loop.  However, as there were only we five stalwarts and we had arrived at the visitor centre before 12pm, we decided to continue for a while before having lunch.  Fortunately the weather improved slightly so that we had a reasonably dry lunch time.  Thereafter the cloud came down and we were in mist for the rest of the walk.  A great shame as there are superb views down to the coast on the first half and lovely views into the Rheidol valley on the second.

I am sure we all felt very virtuous for having turned out on such a miserable day.  Hoping for better weather on our next walk.    

Circular Walk from Erwood Craft Centre

Crickadarn Church

Crickadarn Church

On 24th March 2018, nine of us enjoyed a good walk from the craft centre up and down hills, taking in Crickadarn and Llanstephan churches on the way.  A somewhat dull day but at least it didn’t rain.  The mud was everywhere which made it quite hard going at times, and very slippery in places.

Llanstephan Bridge

Llanstephan Bridge

After crossing the Cletwr Brook we made our way to Crickadarn Church  for elevenses.  One of our party found the key to the church hidden under a stone, so we were able to have a look inside.

We then descended down to the River Wye where we crossed by means of the lovely Llanstephan suspension bridge. The Welsh daffodils at Llanstephan House were just coming out as were the celendines. Spring is trying to assert itself! We had a tricky stream crossing over one of the tributaries of the Bachawy River, but we all made it without mishap.  We then crossed over the Bachawy on a bridge that had been recently repaired and had non-slip covering put on it.  The River itself was in full spate and all the waterfalls were bubbling and gurgling – quite a noise!

The Bachawy River

The Bachawy River

Descending from Twyn y Garth

Descending from Twyn y Garth

Finally we skirted round Twyn y Garth hill before dropping steeply down and onto a track which took us virtually all the way back to the cars.

Four Wells Ramblers to offer short walks programme

We organise programmes of walks in the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales on behalf of Ramblers Cymru, and are introducing a programme of short walks of four to eight miles. This is in addition to their traditional longer Saturday walks. We are enthusiastic about walking in the Welsh countryside and hope to encourage more people to come out walking, and to join our group too.

The first of these on Monday 26th March is a figure of eight walk from the Elan Valley Village, offering a 4 mile or 8 mile option. The short walk includes good views of Caban Coch and Garreg Ddu Reservoirs from the South side of the Elan Valley, before the longer walk takes in the hills to the North. The walk starts at 10.00am in the Elan Village – why don’t you come and join us?

I have benefited greatly over the last few years from the physical activity and social interaction provided by the group; a friendly bunch who enjoy walking and being in the countryside and are so welcoming to newcomers and visitors, says Chris Jones, current Chair of the Four Wells group.

Please come in sturdy shoes or boots and bring something to eat and drink together with a waterproof coat – the weather can change quickly! Sorry, no dogs.

Download our short walks programme here. This is in pdf format.  We hope to see you on one of these walks.