Category Archives: walks

Successful Visit for European Walking Group

At the beginning of September a convivial week of walking was enjoyed by the Four Wells Ramblers and their ‘Like to Hike’ visitors from Europe.

The walking started with a strenuous day in the Brecon Beacons taking in Cefn-y-Brin, Twyn Du and the Brecon and Monmouth Canal. Poor weather on day two split the group in two with one party heading from Garth for the view point on the Epynt whilst the rest explored sections of the Irthon; both groups returning to a BBQ in Garth Community Centre.

The coastal path between Llanrhystud and Aberystwyth re-united the groups on the Monday. Tuesday was a rest day with many of the visitors exploring Powis Castle before joining a skittles evening at the British Legion which raised over thirty pounds for charity.

On Wednesday we joined the Llandrindod Wells Mid-week walkers for their regular Wednesday walk; this time a linear walk over Llandegley Rocks and through Bailey-Einon nature reserve finishing in the café at the Lake.

On their final day we circumnavigated Garreg-ddu Reservoir after visiting a secret waterfall and the lead and zinc mines.

An excellent dinner at the Metropole rounded off the visit during which many new friends were made and future contacts discussed.

The Four Wells Ramblers always welcomes new members.  If you would like to find out more, please contact the Secretary, Geraldine King: geraldineking27@yahoo.co.uk

Carn Pica

Carn Pica

Group photograph with the Beacons in the distance

Group Photograph with the Beacons in the distance.

Walking on Llandegley Rocks

Walking on Llandegley Rocks

Group photo at the mines in the Elan Valley

Group photo at the mines in the Elan Valley

 

A Walk in the Elan Valley – 12th August 2017

A lovely path near the reservoirOn Saturday 12th August we walked a figure of 8 from the Elan Valley village.  A day of drizzle and weak sunshine meant that waterproofs were on and off at regular intervals.  Despite this we enjoyed a lovely walk on paths familiar to us including the climb past the Dambusters’ Dam, and then on new routes on the hills around Y Glog Fawr. The heather was in full bloom and its perfume reminded me of honey. It was Sarah’s first walk as leader for the group and she acquitted herself well. We look forward to many more walks from her on future programmes.

The River Elan    

A walk around Cwm Rheidol – 1st July 2017

A small party of 9 enjoyed a circular walk from the Rheidol reservoir up into the hills and back.  The Rheidol valley is beautiful and we had our coffee break at the rocky falls and beach by the riverside. Some steep, somewhat overgrown climbing was encountered before lunch but we chose an excellent spot by a lake, out of the wind and in the sun.  The promise of ‘all downhill after lunch’ did not quite materialise but a very good walk nonetheless.

Rheidol reservoir

Dam & weir at the Rheidol Reservoir

The Rheidol River

Walking beside the Rheidol River

the River Rheidol

Rocky falls on the River Rheidol

 

10 Miler from Upper Chapel – 6th May 2017

A select party of 6 enjoyed a delightful walk starting in Upper Chapel, going west of the Builth Wells-Brecon Road down to Lower Chapel, and returning on paths to the east of the road.  Unfortunately distant views were obscured by cloud on the hilltops all day, but on a clear day there would be stunning views of the Black Mountains, the Beacons and the Carmarthen Fans.  Closer views were still good however, and the Broom is putting on a brilliant display at the moment.  Spring flowers were everywhere: bluebells, stitchwort, campion, wood sorrel.  Horses were another feature of this walk with two very friendly ones following us across a field, and 20 or so staring at us intently as we walked by a bit further on.  We made good time as we were such a small party and there were no stiles to negotiate.

    

Walk in the Snow from Llanwrthwl

Walking through oak woods

Walking through oak woods

Intrepid walkers in the snow

Intrepid walkers

Lovely mossy stones in the wood

Lovely mossy stones in the wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small party of 8 met in the village of Llanwrthwl for a 10 mile hike up and down the hills between the village and the Elan Valley.  It was very cold with flurries frequently showering us with snow.  A good walk nonetheless with some new paths for some of us and some lovely old oak woods.