Category Archives: walks

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!

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

 

FESTIVAL OF WINTER WALKS 2017-18

The Four Wells Ramblers will be leading 3 walks during this Festival, so why not walk off some of the Christmas excess with us!

Saturday 30th December – a short 5-6 mile walk from Painscastle, followed by lunch at The Roast Ox.  Meet at the village hall car park at 10am Grid Ref SO 165463.  If you’re planning to join us for lunch, please let us know in advance if possible so we can inform the pub of numbers.  Call Peter on 01982 57048s.

Monday 1st December – a choice of 10 miles or 6 miles, starting in the village of Garth. Meet in the lay-by on the A483 at 10am Grid Ref  SN 950495. The longer walk will take us up to the Epynt Viewpoint with a steep climb, returning via Llangammarch Wells.  The shorter walk will follow a lower route.  For further information call Peter, as above, or Chris on 01591 620248.

Hope to see some of you on these 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.

On our way up The Bryn with views of Pen y Fan in the distance

On our way up The Bryn with views of Pen y Fan in the distance

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

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.