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:

Group photo at the mines in the Elan Valley


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:

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.


A Walk from Newchurch – 8 April 2017

A select group of 8 enjoyed the beautiful spring weather on a circular walk from Newchurch to the foothills of Hergest Ridge, returning via Huntingdon and Milton Hill.  This was a varied walk of farmland, and open access, and made use of the Offa’s Dyke Path both on the outward and return routes.  Lots of celendines, wood anenomes, and lambs, but distant views to the Black Mountains were somewhat obscured by the haze.  The walk was clocked by one of the walkers as 10.9 miles.

Offas Dyke Path Disgwylfa Hill 


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.




Derek Cosslett

Derek Cosslett has now retired from our group and Ian Standen gave this thankyou presentation at a recent dinner for the group:

As probably the only founder-member of the Four Wells Group who seems still sort-of active, certainly the longest-serving committee member, I have the pleasant duty of thanking Derek for his invaluable contribution to keeping the group going through difficult times, leaving us well placed for the future.
He helped us in many ways, in particular promoting membership through his excellent website; serving on committee in various ways; leading more than his share of walks; getting stuck into footpath maintenance; organising the walks programme.
He didn’t just give his time and technical expertise, but he chose not to claim RA Group expenses to which he was entitled.
Most of all, he helped to hold a group of eccentrics together by being always pleasant, unflappable, yet remarkably successful in quietly getting his own way – usually for our benefit.
He nearly emigrated to Yorkshire once – but he really seems to mean it this time!
So, as an inadequate token of our thanks, I present a small, unsolicited but thoroughly deserved something to impress some visitors to his and Jackie’s future home in North Wales, with our very best wishes for their life there together.

Ian Standen

Walk from Abbeycwmhir – 17th December 2016

Abbey Ruins

Viewing the Abbey ruins

Interesting Fungi

Frilly Fungus








18 members of the Four Wells and East Radnor Ramblers set out on a 10 mile walk in damp, murky weather from Abbeycwmhir. A brief visit was made to the remains of the Abbey before finally setting off. The mist and murk stayed with us all day so there were limited views and photo opportunities. But at least we got some fresh air and exercise!

Walk from Shakey Bridge on 3rd December 2016

20 Walkers turned up for a circular walk from Shakey Bridge near Llandrindod Wells, taking in a visit to Berries Cave en route.  A dry but cold and largely cloudy day kept us on the go with no lingering over coffee and lunch breaks.  Several people explored the cave which is a man-made tunnel of some 30 feet in length – all emerged safely if somewhat dirty from the damp walls and roof.  3 bats were seen at the end of the tunnel.  The views from the by-way on Pawl Hir and on Bwlch y Cefn Bank were pretty good considering the lack of sunshine.  Despite a dodgy gate to scale and wooden fence to vault, all 20 of us arrived back at our cars safely.

Climbing up from Shakey Bridge

Climbing up from Shakey Bridge

Emerging from Berries Cave

Emerging from Berries Cave

Lunch on top of Pawl Hir

Lunch on top of Pawl Hir