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by Jane Malvern

Walking Group

Group Leader: Elsa Harflett -   or phone 01597 860894.

Walks are on the 4th Monday of the month.

Walkers meet at the Lake, Llandrindod Wells at 10:00am to car share to the start of walks, which are approximately 4 miles long and are taken at a pace to suit the group

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

At the end of the walk we usually go to a local pub for lunch.

New Walkers are welcome.


Programme of Walks for 2019

January 28th - Llanbadarn Fynydd area, led by Bill Jameson. The walk follows a section of Owain Glyndŵr's Way before cutting though farmland back to the village. We will experience some beautiful views along the walk. Lunch will be at the Lion Hotel, Llanbister.

February 25th - Llysdinam area above Newbridge-on-Wye. Once again we will explore the hills, looking towards Cwm Chwefre on one side and Llanwrthwl on the other.

Stephen Ashley will meet walkers at the Llandrindod Lake at 10:00am, and escort them to Newbridge-on-Wye. We will then meet at the car park opposite the New Inn in Newbridge between 10:10 and 10:15, to share cars up to the start of the walk at the top of the hill. I have negotiated with the New Inn, who will allow some of us to park cars at the far end of their car park (not in front of the pub) if there is not enough room in the village car park.

March 25th - Gilfach Nature Reserve.

April 22nd (Easter Monday) OR 29th (to be decided by the group nearer the time) - Happy Valley near Cefnllys, Llandrindod. Will we be too early for the bluebells?

May 27th - Whimble Hill, New Radnor and more spectacular views. Lunch will be at the Fforest Inn, Llanfihangel-nant-Melan.

June 24th - Llanwrtyd Wells: a circular walk in the hills around the town. Lunch will be at the Neuadd Arms, Llanwrtyd Wells.

July 22nd - A circular walk to Howey, beginning and ending at the Old Parish Church, Llandrindod. Lunch at Llandrindod Golf Club.

August 26th - Rhulen and Llanbedr hills, near Painscastle. Lunch will probably be at the Hundred House Inn.


We altered the route (and time) of the Llanwrtyd walk because the weather forecast predicted storms in the morning, and we guessed that the original route would probably be very muddy after the torrential rain over the weekend. Instead, we met for lunch at the Neuadd Arms, then walked in the afternoon. The sun came out just as we set out and we had blue skies and sunshine for our entire walk. We walked towards Victoria Wells, then branched up through the woods onto the track just below Spion Kop. This eventually led to the old church of St David which we explored (photo 1). We then made our way back to Llanwrtyd, following the River Irfon through the Park.

Photo by Elsa Harflett

Photo by Elsa Harflett

Photo by Kathryn Hunt


In May the group walked around the Whimble Hill above New Radnor, enjoying views across the Walton Basin towards Hergest Ridge and Stannah Rocks on the way up, and Water Break its Neck, Harley Dingle and Haine's Mill as we returned. Although cloudy at times, and with some blustery winds as we reached the highest point of the walk, we were also blessed by several sunny spells. Everyone enjoyed the walk.

 Photo by Elsa Harflett

 Photo by Meg Lewis


Our April walk was on Easter Monday, with just six of us enjoying the sunshine. Starting at Shaky Bridge we walked through Happy Valley where the bluebells were just beginning to flower - a pale blue haze amongst the trees. We continued up the hill and skirted the Careg-wiber Bank, past the pools near Bwlchyfedwen, which were teaming with waders, ducks and geese. Then we made our way down through farm tracks to Cwmbrith and back along the lane to Shaky Bridge. Along the way we passed flocks of sheep with their lambs, and viewed the magnificent Cefnllys Castle Bank across fields of celandines.

 Bluebells were just a blue haze.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

 On the way up towards the Careg-wiber Bank.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

 On the way up towards the Careg-wiber Bank.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

 One of the pools near Bwlchyfedwen.   Photo by Elsa Harflett

 Twin lambs near the Castle Bank.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

 Looking across a field of celandines towards the Ithon River and Cefnllys Castle Bank.  Photo by Elsa Harflett


For their March walk, the group walked at the Gilfach Nature Reserve near Rhayader.

On the Monk's Trod. Back row L-R: Julian, Terry, Baz, Pat and Bill; seated L-R: Meg, Stephen, Helen with Rhubarb, Jackie and Jill   Photo by Elsa Harflett

On the Monk's Trod.   Jill, Bill, Pat, Elsa, Baz, Terry, Helen and Rhubarb, Meg, Jackie and Julian Photo by Stephen Ashley

Walking back to the Old Farmyard from the Oak Woodland  Photo by Julian Ravest

By the Salmon Leap Waterfall: Pat, Helen (Rhubarb), Meg and Stephen with Jackie behind, Elsa, Terry, Bill and Baz  Photo by Julian Ravest


Once again the Walking Group was blessed with glorious sunshine and warm weather, for our February walk in the hills above Llysdinam. As we climbed up to the heights, with blue skies all around us, we looked across the Wye Valley which was still shrouded in mist. Further on in a different direction, we could see the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in the distance. For the naturalists among us, we were delighted to see a yellowhammer, meadow pipits and skylarks displaying (and singing), great tits, red kites, buzzards and ravens, several horses and ponies, as well as the inevitable sheep. We also saw many signs of spring, with snowdrops, crocuses and masses of catkins. For those interested in landscape history there were several cairns and other historical features to be seen, one of which may have been either a prehistoric ringwork or a medieval motte and bailey - more research needs to be done! We rounded off our walk with lunch at the New Inn in Newbridge-on-Wye.

The group on the hills above Llysdinam.  Photo by Julian Ravest

The view across the Wye Valley which was shrouded in mist.  Photo by Julian Ravest

Stephen on gate duty.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

Homeward bound in the valley looking towards Craigol-isaf.  Photo by Julian Ravest


In January, the group walked from Llanbadarn Fynydd, along Glyndŵr's Way. Once again we were blessed by sunshine and blue skies!

Left to right: Bill, Chris V, Chris C, Kathryn, Paul, Jackie, Meg, Julian, Jenny, Stephen, Val and Roy.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

Some of the group along the way.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

Admiring the panoramic views surrounding us.  Photo by Elsa Harflett

The Hill Fort of Castell Tinboeth across the Ithon Valley.   Photo by Elsa Harflett

One of the many little patches of snowdrops we passed along the walk.  Photo by Elsa Harflett


More photos and information about the group's activities are available on the Walking Group's archive pages: