The Towy valley and mid-Wales
Leaders : Paul Heppleston (01629 540969) and Tina Barton
An early spring break in the wonderfully remote-but-accessible valleys of mid-Wales will allow us to walk and rest, dream and meander - and explore areas that are probably new to many people. Not far from the major cities of South Wales, the Towy valley is a gentle and restful place surrounded by hills and streams - and breeding hill-sheep. It was the
scene of great controversy in the 1970s when a huge reservoir was
created that dammed the river and flooding farmsteads and valleys,
streams and fields; now the area is settled into
its new life, perhaps due to the local community’s victory in getting
the transmission cables put underground instead of on pylons.
But we won’t be But we won’t be fixed in our valley, although it will feel very much like home; we’ll find remote chapels, tumbling-river valleys, mountain fixed in our valley, although it will feel very much like home; we’ll find remote chapels, tumbling-river valleys, mountain roads, a Cistercian monastery, a journey to Radnorshire (remember those old county names?). We’ll also spend a day exploring a wild area in the western hills between the Towy and Teifi valleys.
Walks and excursions
- no walk will be longer than 5-6 miles and all will be more like
rambling than serious hard walking. There might (if we choose) be just
one short, steep hill which we would take gently and slowly.
self-catering in a barn- conversion full of character, (not the picture on the left!) with double and
twin rooms, in its own hillside grounds a mile from the village of
Cilycwm. A wood-burning stove in the open-plan dining/living area will
give us warmth as we celebrate the new light of the clocks going forward.
- meeting point to be arranged; there are possibilities of a pick-up in
either Cardiff or Bristol, but travel arrangements will be confirmed
nearer the time.
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