Photo: The Garden Visiting Group
by Jane Malvern

Walking Group

Group Leader: Elsa Harflett - elsa@u3a-llandrindod.org.uk   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.

 

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: