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.

Llanbedr, Red, Allt Derw & Bryngwyn Hills – 24 Feb 2018

Trig Point on Red Hill

Trig Point on Red Hill

A feast of hills for our walk on 24th February, though we didn’t climb them all!  18 people from the 4 Wells, East Radnor Ramblers and one or two extras enjoyed a day of sunshine for a 9 mile walk.  Even the bitterly cold wind did not deter us. Our route took us up over Red Hill to the trig point where unfortunately, due to haze, our distant views were limited. We found shelter in a disused quarry for our coffee break before continuing to Allt Derw.

Mawn Pool on Llanbedr Hill

A Mawn Pool on Llanbedr Hill

Here we took the diagonal path down to the Bailey before heading to Llanerchir, and Bryngwyn hill.  Again, we didn’t climb the hill but skirted round to pick up a path down to New House.  We had just passed through the farmyard when we were accosted by the resident who said we should not have taken that route as there wasn’t a footpath.  I began to doubt myself, but someone with a GPS insisted that indeed the footpath went through the farm.  I checked on the map at lunchtime and was relieved to see I had been correct.

We climbed up to the common where we found a sheltered spot for lunch.  Almost warm out of the wind!  Following lunch we continued to Ireland, crossing over the Painscastle road and past Lyn y March on Llanbedr Hill. There was a large number of wild horses out on the hill, and they seemed totally unfazed by our presence.  Our route took us through the Dancing Ground and by Mawn Pools before climbing up to the cars.

A Walk from Builth Wells to Garth Hill

A small but select group of ramblers enjoyed a 7 mile walk from the Groe in Builth Wells.  We started off walking by the River Irfon, before heading up to the trig point on Garth Hill.  Had the weather been more clement we would have had a wonderful view down to the River Wye. It was a good place for lunch nonetheless.  Leaving the trig point we decided to hack our way down the hill as it was open access land and we could get onto a track at the bottom.  By doing this we had a pleasant route back to Builth Wells along the River Wye.  The sun even came out after a very unpromising start.  We were all very pleased we had decided to ignore the ominous weather forecast.

A small select party of 5 ramblers post at the trig point on Garth Hill

The Trig Point on Garth Hill  Walking by the River Wye, approaching Builth Wells

Follow up on the Festival of Winter Walks 2017/18

Two weeks on from the end of the Festival of Winter Walks, and the Four Wells Ramblers can look back on their offerings and take-up of walks with some satisfaction.

Coffee break on the Painscastle walk

The first walk was held on Saturday 30th December (an antidote to the excesses of Christmas!), and was a short 5-6 miles from the hamlet of Painscastle.  Despite the somewhat gloomy weather and mud underfoot, 13 people turned up for the walk including a few non-members.  We took in the pretty church of Llanddewi Fach which is only accessible by foot. Following the walk, 16 of us enjoyed a very good meal at the Roast Ox pub in Painscastle.

On New Year’s Day the group offered a choice of walks from the village of Garth. These walks were put on specifically for the Festival of Winter Walks and in addition to the regular programme.  Starting on the same route, 7 of us enjoyed a short 6 miler following the River Irfon to Llangammarch before returning to Garth.  A longer, more strenuous 11 mile hike took a

Group posing by the River Irfon

group of 9 up onto the Epynt before returning via Llangammarch to Garth. Sixteen walkers turned up, including some new faces, on a rather underwhelming day weatherwise. All walkers were treated to tea and cakes at the home of one of the leaders afterwards which rounded off the day nicely. 






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.

Circular Walk from Penybont Common – 4 Nov 2017

12 members of the Four Wells and East Radnor Ramblers enjoyedWalking over Coed-Swydd Hill a 9 mile autumnal walk starting at Penybont Common.

Our circular route took us steeply up Coed-Swydd Hill where we enjoyed the views and some sunshine.

Heading to Llandegley Village

Down one hill and then up another as we headed to Cowlod.  After descending from the hills we made

 our way across fields to the village of Llandegley, and finished our walk across Penybont Common to our cars.

Quite a bit of mud around, but pleasantly warm in the autumn sunshine.


Four Wells AGM News

Following our AGM which was held on Tuesday 31st October at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, we have agreed to try some new approaches to attract more members, particularly younger ones.  To this end we will be offering some shorter versions of our walks, and possibly on alternative days.  If this sounds of interest to you please contact us. As we have just produced a new programme, these innovations will take effect from March 2018.