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Builth Wells to Llandrindod Linear – 17 Nov 2018

Elevenses by the River Wye A large group of 17 walkers gathered at Llandrindod Wells Railway Station to catch the T4 bus down to the Groe in Builth Wells.  This number was almost unprecedented but possibly the thought of a 10.5 miles reasonably flat walk on the newly created Heart of Wales Line trail was a tempting prospect.

Autumn colours by the WyeFrom the Groe we walked the Wye Valley Walk along the riverside for several miles.  The Wye was looking good and the autumn colours were still in evidence.  Lots of fallen leaves crunching underfoot.

The weather, which had begun unpromisingly with mizzle, gradually improved so that by lunch time, taken at the old toll bridge at Brynwern, we had plenty of sunshine.

Our Brynwern Bridge over the Wyeroute after lunch took us into Newbridge on Wye on quiet lanes and onwards through farmland to Disserth where we crossed the River Ithon.  Across more fields back to Llandrindod Wells where we returned to our cars by way of Rock Park.  A very enjoyable walk, and it was good to see so many walkers out.

 

Y Gamriw from Llanwrthwl – Nov 3 2018

View from Y Gamriw HillI checked the weather forecast this morning, and was pleased to see very little chance of rain until 5pm, though it might be a bit windy.  Well they got that one wrong!  12 of us started out from the Village Hall in Llanwrthwl in the dry.  Our route took us up Y Gamriw via Pistyllgwyn and Graig Ddu. Good views on the way up even though the day was dull.

Elevenses on the hillsElevenses was taken on the hill still in the dry, though it was quite breezy.  Soon, however, we were in the mist and drizzle with the wind strengthening.  An early lunch was called for in the only shelter to be had in a hollow cairn with an arched doorway.  8 of us squeezed into this out of the wind, whilst the remaining 4 were outside.

Caegarw WoodOur leader, Alan, took an executive decision to alter his planned route, and to take us down off the hills to the Llanwrthwl Common.  As soon as we dropped down we were thankfully out of the mist, and though it still rained the wind wasn’t quite so strong.  Our revised route took us across the Common and back to Llanwrthwl via Caegarw wood.  A pleasant alternative route, and the autumn colours were still good on the Common and through the wood.

 

Fan Frynych from BBNP Visitor Centre – 7 Oct 2018

Climbing up to Fan FrynychWith appalling weather forecast for Saturday 6th, the date the walk was scheduled in the programme, leader Peter Loughran took a decision to move the walk to the Sunday.  An email to this effect was circulated on the Friday.  It’s never easy to make this sort of decision as the weather is often better than forecast, and so it proved this time.  Rain in the morning but improving considerably by afternoon.

Views to Pen y Fan & Corn DduSo we were not surprised when a very small group turned up for the walk on a day which was forecast as dry but grey.  Nevertheless, we felt vindicated in moving the walk as we enjoyed a great day in almost continual sunshine.  

The walk was a 10 mile circular from the visitor centre near Libanus, and had a gentle flat walk into the hills.  The climb to Fan Frynych was steep but pauses to catch our breath and admire the views made it seem not too bad!  And what views we had!  360 degree vistas including the Carmarthen Fans and the Black Mountains, not to mention Pen y Fan and Corn Ddu. 

Team Photo at trig point on Fan FrynychWe had lunch at a ‘pile of stones’ with great views of the Beacons most popular peaks.  Through binoculars we could see the hoards of people toiling up Pen y Fan & Corn Ddu, whilst we saw about half a dozen people all day.

Our descent from Fan Frynych gave us views to Brecon and further northwards, and we completed our walk via farmland and our outward track back to the visitor centre.  Tea and cake were enjoyed outside with brilliant views of the Beacons.  An excellent walk!

Circular Walk from Dylife – Sept 2018

Lovely balcony pathA small party of walkers experienced a wet though scenic walk from the car park at Dylife on 22nd September.  There were some stiff climbs on this 10+ miler and we certainly knew we’d done a hard walk.  Afon Twymyn river

The recent rainy weather ensured that the several waterfalls we saw on our route were all flowing well.

We had one tricky section where the shale bank of the river Afon Twymyn is being eroded making it difficult to negotiate.  We all managed it without falling in the river however!

Lovely track with view to waterfallOn a good day this walk would be stunning with views to Cadar Idris.  Even on a gloomy day the autumn colours were putting on a show with some of the bracken providing an unusual yellow hue to the hillsides. Our return route to Dylife was via Glyndwrs Way.

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