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Sunday, 19th November
On Sunday 19th November, Pat & David Bush led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a nine mile walk in the Alltwalis area.  A full report will be posted soon.
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Some mist lingered in the valley below as we climbed away from Alltwalis.The morning sunshine caught the colours of the fallen autumn leaves.
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We climbed through woodland, across fields, and on up on a quiet lane.This high open farm field was a great spot for a group photo.
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Dave, our leader, gave us some interesting information about Skanda Vale.Passing through Skanda Vale we saw this unique (in Wales) road sign.
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The soft, wet ground made the walking harder than it appears.We enjoyed walking on a firm track as we dropped back down to Alltwalis.
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Saturday, 18th November
On Saturday 18th November, Jenny & Eric Anscombe led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a five mile walk in the Llandybie area.  Heavy rain was forecast for the day, but the walk went ahead as planned and they were fortunate to get away with just one shower about three quarters of the way through the walk.  The walk started from the site of the 1944 (wartime) National Eisteddfod near the village hall in Llandybie from where they walked through the village square, then followed a footpath around the school and into fields beyond. They met a bridleway that led them over the hill into the village of Pentre Gwenlais. The group passed through a picnic area before accessing the magnificent quarry that is now part of a Carmel National Nature Reserve where Jenny gave a brief talk on the Geology of the exposed rock formations and some of the related history of the area. The walk continued on a footpath that climbed up and around to the top of the quarry, the highest point of the day at two and hundred and twenty metres, for some good views of the surrounding area before descending through the woodland to reach Pant-y-llyn Turlough, an ephemeral lake, the only known turlough outside Ireland. Here they stopped for lunch whilst Eric explained that a turlough is a unique type of disappearing lake found mostly in limestone areas of Ireland, most of which flood in the autumn and then dry up between April and July. There are no visible streams that fill or empty the lake and the water rises into the lake through a hollow or swallow hole at the bottom of the lake when the water table in the limestone below rises.

In the afternoon they followed footpaths in the Pant y llyn area from where there were misty views across to the cloud-covered Black Mountain and Carreg Cennen castle, and then followed the path above Cilyrychen Quarry and back along a track and crossed the Nant Gwenlais on the way back to Pentre Gwenlais. Here they completed a circuit as they linked with a bridle way for about half a mile back to Llandybie to complete a loop at the square.
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Our walk began in Llandybie, once busy with coal mining & lime production.We walked out of town and climbed uphill across farm fields.
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This friendly fellow was interested in making our acquaintance.We reached an old limestone quarry, now part of Carmel Nature Reserve.
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From the hilltop we had misty views of the countryside below.Our lunch stop was at this "Turlough" - the only one in Britain.
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After lunch we continued on as some rain began to fall. The streams are full these days, but pretty with autumn colours.
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Sunday, 12th November
On Sunday 12th November, Remembrance Day, Carolyn and Dennis Hills led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a nine and a half mile walk in the Kidwelly area. This walk was loosely based on parish boundaries and passed many important landmarks along the way, and also incorporated some high points for some good views over the area. The weather forecast for the day predicted heavy showers but there were also some pleasant sunny spells.  The Group assembled in Glan yr Afon car park and before the start of the walk, Carolyn related some of the history of the area and pointed out the Old Slaughterhouse. Crossing the Gwendraeth Fach, they walked up the main street as far as St Mary’s Church before turning right into Station Road, then into Hillfield Villas as they headed down over the railway onto Quay road. There was an incoming tide and as they looked from the Quay out across the marshland of the estuary the next heavy shower was seen to be on the way. They followed Kymer’s canal as far as possible, then crossed over the railway line to reach the B4304 road near Parc Pendre. On the other side of the road they located a footpath that ran along the route of a dismantled railway for about half a mile passing Holloway and Gwendraeth Town to reach the A484 bypass. They crossed the road, still following the dismantled railway line, and at eleven o’clock stopped to observe the two minutes silence.

This old railway section continued a further half-mile to reach the Four Roads road at Mynyddygarreg and then uphill a couple of hundred metres to take a fork in the road that took them up to the park and around the perimeter of the school to reach a quarry. From this point, on top of the hill, there were good views over Kidwelly and the castle and the marshland and the firing range to the tip of Cefn Sidan sands, as well as the airport runway in the lowland towards Pembrey and Burry Port.  They made their way down off the hillside to reach Horeb Chapel and located a lane that led down to Maes Gwenllian where Carolyn related the history around Gwenllian. Their route continued across a field to reach the banks of the Gwendraeth Fach where they stopped for lunch overlooking the river in bright sunshine with hardly a breath of wind.

In the afternoon they crossed the river at the Old Forge before ascending the opposite bank on a lane that took them up to meet the A484 Carmarthen to Kidwelly road and crossed it to enter into King’s Wood. They made their way uphill across fields to reach a track at Llwyn-y-barcud where they turned southwards along a lane that took them past the highest point of the day at one hundred and sixty six metres, and this brought them past the farm of Allt-Cunedda. Continuing onwards they reached Penlan Uchaf before crossing the fields to Penlan Isaf where they were able to view the “glamping units“ beside the track.  Once again there were good views over the estuary with the surrounding marshlands and Pembrey Forest beyond.  From Penlan Isaf they accessed a bridleway that led them down off the hillside back into Kidwelly to reach the Ferryside road. At this point they turned right up the hill to meet the turning for St. Ishmael and followed that road about a quarter of a mile to reach the coastpath/cycletrack 4, and then followed that upriver beside the Gwendraeth back to the carpark to finish the walk at Glan yr Afon. This whole area was once a municipal tip but now completely regenerated it is a thriving and fertile wildlife habitat.
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We began beside the remains of the old slaughterhouse in Kidwelly.From Kidwelly Quay we followed a good path alongside the old coal canal.
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At 11:00 on Remembrance Sunday we observed a two minute silence.On the hill above Mynyddygarreg we had a great view of Kidwelly Castle.
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A new member joined us for this photo at Mike's Donkey Farm. We enjoyed more far-reaching views throughout today's walk.
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From Penlan Isaf we followed this streamside path back to the coast.As we were nearing the car park we were treated to a pair of rainbows.
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Saturday, 4th November
On Saturday 4th November, Andrew Padfield led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a six and a half mile walk in the Llandysul area, the first walk of our 33 walk winter programme. The weather forecast for the day gave light cloud cover with the possibility of light showers and a cold wind. The walk started from the car park at the rear of Towy Paddlers in Llandysul from where they walked around the training lake and made their way along a footpath up the Teifi briefly to reach a quiet country road below Allt Dol-llan.  There was about a mile and a half of road walking - up the opposite side of the valley to Llandysul - with views over the town as they climbed the steep hill that took them up the valley to reach Farm Yard Nurseries at the top of the hill.  Here the road turned southwards and they continued along it for just over a mile, passing Fron-goch and Blaen-y-waun to reach the main B4336 Llandysul – Llanfihangel-ar-arth road.  Here they turned right towards Llandysul, then in a few metres turned left onto the Pencader Road.  The group headed down the road about three quarters of a mile to reach the access lane to Dolmaen Farm and entered a field overlooking the Tyweli valley where they stopped for lunch.

In the afternoon, the group zigzagged their way gingerly down the hillside along a slippery path - partially overgrown with brambles - into the valley to cross the river Tyweli on a very narrow footbridge, to reach the safety of a footpath on the route of a dismantled Teifi Valley railway line near Pen-y-graig on the other side.  At this point the terrain changed quite favourably as they now walked the flat path, kicking up the autumn leaves and negotiating the occasional fallen tree as they followed this route for just over two miles, with a wonderful display of autumn colours in the trees that lined the old railway line and showered the route with fallen leaves, to reach the road at Heol y Dderwen. Here they turned right onto Heol y Dderwen, the road over the bypass, and into Pont-Tyweli near the confluence of the Afon Tyweli and Afon Teifi, where they stopped to view the course of the white water canoeists on the Teifi. All that remained was a short walk up to Pont-Tyweli along the main road back to the start.
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We set out from Llandysul near the Paddlers' Club.We walked uphill on a quiet lane beneath shades of autumn.
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Reaching the crest of the hill we had great views of Llandysul.Gentleman Dave held this gate open for others.
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Our leader, Andrew, steadied this wobbly stile as we all climbed over it.Leaving our peaceful lunch spot we walked down toward the river.
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This footbridge was very narrow, but at least there was a handrail.We followed the route of a dismantled railway line back to our start.
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Sunday, 29th October
On Sunday 29th October, Sarah Rees led the Carmarthen Ramblers on an eight and a half mile walk that involved a section of the Wales Coast Path at Rhossili Bay and Broughton Bay on the north side of the Gower Peninsula. This walk was all about beautiful beaches and great views. Weather wise, it was a fine day with a gloriously sunny afternoon, the temperature was still unseasonably high, but there was a stiff breeze making perfect conditions for a good walk.  The walk started from the car park just past the church in Llanmadoc from where they walked up the road into the village towards the Britannia Inn until they reached a bridleway that took them out of the village and onto the common land on Llanmadoc Hill. As they climbed steadily up the hill, the views over the Loughor Estuary opened up.  Eventually they reached the Bulwark on top of the hill and they stopped for their coffee break at the height of 185 metres, on what just happened to be the remains of an Iron Age Fort.  Suitably refreshed they stayed on the ridge and walked in a southwesterly direction for about a mile to reach the cairn at a height of 186 metres – the highest point of the day - for the most fantastic panoramic views over Carmarthen Bay and the Loughor Estuary.  The main climb now over, they descended gradually towards Tankylake Moor then passed through the village of Llangennith past St Cenydd’s Church, heading briefly towards Coety Green before turning westward on a footpath that passed College Mill and a small attractive herd of alpacas.  Continuing westward they took a footpath running parallel to a stream that ran across Llangennith Moors and sand dunes to reach Llangennith beach at Diles Lakes in Rhossili Bay where the tide was full in.  They turned to a north westerly direction along the beach to find a convenient dune in which to shelter from the breeze for lunch.

In the afternoon, they continued along the firm sand of the beach for just over a mile, following the route of the Wales Coast path towards Burry Holms past Llangennith Burrows until they reached Spaniard Rocks at the end of the beach.  Looking back along the beach, Worm’s Head was clearly visible at the opposite end of the Bay.  At this point the route cut into the dunes of Broughton Burrows where the coast path ran across the top of some cliffs past Three Chimneys and Blue Pool Corner and past Minor Point to Foxhole Point where there was a good view over the vast expanse of Broughton bay with the tide now starting to ebb.  A quarter of a mile further on they reached the caravan site at Broughton farm and made their way down the slipway onto Broughton Beach and walked for about half a mile below Delvid Burrows and Lagadranta Farm. They crossed a stream before ascending the cliff tops of Prissen’s Tor and stopped at Hills Tor to appreciate the views over Whiteford sands, the National Nature reserve and Llanrhidian Marsh beyond.  The last leg of the ramble took them down off the Tor towards the dunes, and along a path below Cwm Ivy Tor where they left the coast path and headed inland along a lane that led uphill through the hamlet of Cwm Ivy back to the car park.
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We set out from Cwm Ivy on a lovely autumn day and climbed uphill.On Llanmadoc Hill we enjoyed great views of the estuary below.
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After our coffee break we walked to the cairn on the ridge (186m).We paused for our group photo with the Worm's Head in the background.
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The herd of alpacas we walked past were very surprised to see us.We snuggled into this sand dune for lunch to shelter from the breeze.
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On the beach we passed lots of stranded Portuguese man-of-war.We enjoyed our last beach stroll along the sands of Broughton Bay.
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Sunday, 22nd October
Over the weekend 21st and 22nd October, the Carmarthen Ramblers had two walks scheduled; however, Andrew Padfield’s seven mile walk in the Llandysul area on Saturday was cancelled due to the bad weather brought about by Storm Brian. On Sunday, Pat and David Bush led a ten-mile walk along tracks in the hills surrounding Maesteg. This walk was mainly on country roads and forestry tracks on a hilltop that gave good views over the Llynfi Valley. The weather for the day was fine with some sunny periods but with a couple of light showers. The strong wind was the main weather feature of the day.

The Sunday walk started from the town car park from where they made their way across the footbridge over the Llynfi then  through the town to reach the railway station. From here they followed a path under the railway line to the Crown Inn and followed the road around to the cemetery where they stopped to appreciate the views that were opening up over Maesteg. The group continued along a country road for about a mile and a half until just before Blaen Cwmdu they located a footpath.  This was the start of an hour-long climb into and through forestry on Foel Gwilym Hywel to reach the highest point of the day at 448 metres at an open area on the perimeter of the forestry on Bryn Siwrnau. At this point it was clear to see the development of the wind farms on the surrounding hilltops of Mynydd Caerau.  They now turned to a southeasterly direction still along forestry tracks as they wound their way around Foel Gwilym Hywel then onto a track that ran along a ridge into the Garw Forest then Tarren Cwm Du where they found a convenient bank out of the wind for lunch, looking across the Garw Valley with Pontycymmer tucked in out of view to the barren hilltop of Mynydd Llangeinwr.  As they sat eating their lunch a group of ramblers from Neath passed by and after some brief hellos they disappeared into the forestry again.

In the afternoon they left the forestry and emerged onto the top of Moel Cynhordy from where there should have been fine views across the Bristol Channel to Minehead; however, the visibility only allowed views down to Bridgend in the valley below.  Turning to a southwesterly direction they headed downhill into a strong wind around the side of Moel Cynhordy on a broad grassy track for about half a mile towards The Darren Valley to reach a farm lane near Gelliheblyg in Cwm Du. Turning northwards up the valley they continued along the track below Garth Hill and just before Cwmdu Isaf turned onto a footpath that led them across a footbridge over Nant Cwmdu into a lane that connected with the access drive of Ffos farm. A quarter of a mile up this drive they met a country road that took them back to the cemetery that they had stopped at earlier in the day, and there they picked up the cycle track/footpath that took them toward the Secondary school which has been built on the site of the former Maesteg Central Washery. On reaching the school, they accessed a set of steps that conveniently led back down into Maesteg railway station car park from where they retraced their steps back through town to the start.
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We headed off in sunshine to climb up to the forest ahead.Here is our group photo - taken in bright sunshine.
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Before long we were climbing up through fields and bracken.Dave waited for everyone to climb this stoney track.
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The forest of Foel Gwilym Hywel provided shelter from the cold wind.Once out of the forest we had lovely far reaching views.
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We make our way down this soft grassy track.The sun was still out as we headed back down to Maesteg.
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