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. 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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

LIKE TO HIKE: OUR GERMAN AND FRENCH FRIENDS CERTAINLY DO!

Four Wells Ramblers, based around Llandrindod Wells, are once again hosting a group of walkers from Europe between 1st and 8th September. “Like to Hike” are a circle of like-minded friends based in Munich wishing to make a contribution to friendly relations and mutual understanding between the peoples of Europe.

A programme of walks has been put together by local members of the Ramblers for their visit along with a number of social events. The walks encompass the stunning scenery of the Beacons, Epynt, Ceredigion coast path, Elan Valley and includes a local walk led by the Llandrindod Wells mid-week walkers.

Visits by “Like to Hike” in the past have been hugely popular and we look forward to their forthcoming trip to Llandrindod Wells
For further information or to join one of the walks please contact the Four Wells Secretary, Geraldine King: geraldineking27@yahoo.co.uk

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