Photo: Flowering wall
by Jill de Gray Birch

Walking Group Archive for 2018

Programme of Walks during 2018

January 22nd - 5 mile walk around Cwm Aran, Castel Pen and Far Hall. Meet at 10:00am at the Lake, Llandrindod from where we will travel to Dolau Station. There will be lots of muddy farm tracks! Walk leader: Stephen Ashley.

February 26th - Beulah area. Led by Elsa Harflett. An easy walk with no styles, and we will hopefully see masses of snowdrops. Meet at 10:15am in Newbridge-on-Wye at the car park by the green opposite the New Inn to share cars for the trip to Beulah. There will be somebody to meet walkers at Llandrindod Lake at 10:00am to direct them to Newbridge. 

March 26th - Rhogo area (near Howey). A linear walk on gravel tracks, with glorious views.

April 23rd - Aberedw area. A hilly walk, but we will take plenty of time for stops to admire the views and catch our breath. It will be well worth the effort.

May 28th - Llanstephan, near Boughrood. A gentle walk with the option of a bit of a climb to look at Ciliau Farmhouse. 

June 25th - Hergest Ridge. A fairly flat walk as we will park towards the top of the road to the Ridge, so we will just follow the contour around. Lovely views across the Radnor Forest and into Herefordshire. We might see some wild ponies as well as the inevitable sheep!

July 23rd - Llandrindod area. We have changed the venue for this month's walk, due to the Royal Welsh Show. There will be some hills involved, but as ever we will take out time, stopping to catch our breath and admire the view. Lunch will be at the Golf Club, and as usual you will be welcome to join us for lunch if you can't do the walk.

August 27th - Penybont Common and the Pales. A circular walk starting from from Penybont Common, we go past the Pales Quaker Meeting House towards Llandegley, then cut back along a bridleway to Eaglestone Farm and onto the Common to return to our cars. Lunch will be at the Severn Arms in Penybont.

September 24th - The Begwns near Painscastle: The Roundabout and Monks Pond. A walk across rolling grasslands, with spectacular views including Hay Bluff, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in Carmarthenshire. We will hope to come across herds of wild ponies which roam the grasslands.

October 22nd - Newbridge-on-Wye and Llysdinam. We will be starting the walk from Newbridge Car Park, next to the Village Green opposite the New Inn (which is on the junction of A470 and B4358), around 10.15am. Those coming from Llandrindod might want to meet as usual at the Lake at 10.00am, and share cars to come to Newbridge. Please phone or email Elsa if you need a lift, or for further details. Lunch will be at the New Inn in Newbridge.

November 26th -  Irfon Valley between Builth and Llangammarch, led by Pat Borland. Meet as usual at 10am at Llandrindod Lake, to share cars to the start of the walk.

December - There will not be a walk during December.


Our walks - some photos to show what you missed!

November 2018 - Irfon Valley

The walk was in the Irfon Valley. Passing through the Cefnllysgwynne estate, the group watched a huge Christmas tree being felled. The tree was destined for Arkell's Brewery in Swindon, which is owned by Pat Woosnam's son-in-law. The walk continued through fallen autumn leaves up to a vantage point high above the Irfon Valley.  Descending back to the valley floor, the walk continued along the Irfon River and past St David's Church, Llanynis, which the group explored.

Felling the Christmas tree Photo by Pat Borland

Some of the group admiring the tree Photo by Kathryn Hunt

Walking through the fallen leaves Photo by Sheila Paget

Looking down on the Irfon Valley Photo by Sheila Paget

Sheep grazing by the Irfon Photo by Sheila Paget

St David’s Church Llanynis Photo by Sheila Paget

Another pastoral scene Photo by Sheila Paget


October 2018 - Llysdinam

We had another gloriously sunny day with blue skies. The views were spectacular across the valley with the autumn colours giving a magnificent display.

A view of Llysdinam House Photo by Elsa Harflett

The group in the hills above Llysdinam and Newbridge. Left to right: Helen with Treacle and Rhubarb, Val, Stephen, Roy, Jenny, Chris, Paul, Meg, Pat and Kathryn. Photo by Elsa Harflett

September 2018 - The Begwyns

On the highest point of the Begwns, 415M above sea level, is a manmade stone feature called 'The Roundabout', which was extensively restored to mark the 2000 millennium. A circular wall about 5.5 feet high has a gate and a stile to keep out the sheep and ponies. Inside the wall is a stone plaque, to mark the millennium. The main feature is a large circular seat made of dry stone walling. A small plantation of fir trees is protected within the wall and can be seen from the surrounding countryside. From here you get superb panoramic views of Hay Bluff, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in Carmarthenshire.

The group standing in front of the Roundabout. Jackie, Bill (with Tilly, partially hidden), Meg, Helen (with Treacle and Rhubarb), Paul, Chris and Pat. Photo by Elsa Harflett

The circular stone bench within the walls Photo by Pat Borland

The inevitable sheep with Hay Bluff in the background. Photo by Elsa Harflett

The Monks Pond. Photo by Pat Borland

The Monks Pond. Photo by Pat Borland

Paul appears to be herding sheept. Photo by Elsa Harflett

More sheep!. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Chris & Helen (with Treacle and Rhubarb), Meg and Bill. Photo by Elsa Harflett


August 2018 - Penybont Common and The Pales

Julian, Jackie and Jill at The Pales Meeting House. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Elsa, Jackie and Jill at The Pales Meeting House. Photo by Elsa Harflett

A poster on Co-operation displayed along with pictures depicting the history of Quakerism in one of the rooms at The Pales Meeting House where visitors are invited to rest awhile and help themselves to refreshments. Photo by Elsa Harflett

View of Llandegley Rocks from The Pales Meeting House. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Sheep amongst the gorse bushes and Rowan trees on Penybont Common. Photo by Elsa Harflett


July 2018 - Llandrindod area

The group had a very pleasant walk in the area around Llandrindod Golf Course. Thankfully the skies were overcast which made for a cooler walk than in the blazing sun.

The group on the edge of the Golf Course: Bill with Tilly, Helen with Rhubarb, Pat with Jack, Jackie and Jill. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Pat makes a new friend. Photo by Elsa Harflett

At the Old Parish Church: Jill & Jack, Bill & Tilly, Helen & Rhubarb, Pat and Jackie. Photo by Elsa Harflett


June 2018 - Hergest Ridge

The group on Hergest Ridge. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Bill, Helen and Stephen with dogs Rhubarb and Treacle, relaxing in the shade of the Monkey Puzzle trees. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Reading the information board. Photo by Elsa Harflett

The legend of the Wandering Whetstone. Photo by Elsa Harflett

The actual 'Whetstone', otherwise known as the Erratic Stone, thought to have been brought to its current position by a glacier during the Ice Age. Photo by Elsa Harflett


May 2018 - Llanstephan

The group outside Ciliau Farmhouse, which dates from the first half of the 16th Century. Just as we were preparing to move on, the owner came out, and after chatting to us for a while, he invited us in for a guided tour. What a fabulous old place, with wonderful wall paintings and some of the original furniture, including a bed which was used for laying out the dead - it had a series of holes for candlesticks all around the frame. Photo by Elsa Harflett

The back of Ciliau Farmhouse. Photo by Sheila Paget

A costumed figure in the window of one of the barns of Ciliau Farm (Llandeilo Graban) Photo by Elsa Harflett

Rhododendrons in the gardens of Llanstephan House. Photo by Elsa Harflett

Trericket Bridge Photo by Sheila Paget


February 2018 - Beulah area

The group (Jill, Jackie, Stephen and Barbara) on a hill above Beulah, with Eglwys Oen Duw (Lamb of God Church) in the background Photo by Elsa Harflett

Llewelyn beside one of the old mileposts we passed Photo by Elsa Harflett


January 2018 - The walk to Cwm Aran, Castel Pen and Far Hall was lovely but very muddy! Photos by Jill de Gray Birch and Elsa Harflett



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