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Sunday, 17th September
On Sunday 17th September, Auriol & Huw Llewelyn led the ramblers on a nine mile walk in the Aberporth area. The walk started from the village community hall car park in Aberporth. They made their way down to Dolwen Beach and along the minor road (the Rofft) to access a footpath leading up the Gilwen valley through woodland to meet the B4333 at Parcllyn.  Just about a hundred metres up the road they located a footpath at “The Quarry”, and followed a woodland path below Penrallt Mansion to cross a minor road to reach Penlan and Hendre farms (former home of the late Welsh bard, Dick Jones).  Below Hendre farm they entered a field that led to the Bard’s Trail where words of wisdom were seen carved into a number of posts along their route.  From there they walked through woodland then past Tanyreglwys to reach the A487 at Blaenporth which they followed for almost a mile, before following lanes and fields to pass through Ffynnonfair Farm to reach Brynmair Chapel.  From the chapel they followed a minor road passing the hamlet of Cnwcymanal to reach the B4333. Here they turned right for 600 metres before turning into another footpath that eventually led through several fields and woodland to reach Dyffrynsaith.  From here they turned south to follow the road into the coastal resort of Tresaith.  From Tresaith it was easy walking on the cliff top along the coast path for approximately a mile, passing Carreg y Ddafad and Pen Traeth-bach back to the car park in Aberporth.
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Our walk began in the attractive coastal village of Aberporth.We saw this interesting creature as we walked past the beach.
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The recent rains had made some of today's paths a little muddy.On the 'Bard's Trail' we had some Welsh poetry to read.
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An exuberant little stream led us down this wooded valley.In the afternoon we reached the seaside village of Tresaith.
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Here is our group photo on the sands of Tresaith.From Tresaith we followed the lovely coast path back to Aberporth.
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Saturday, 16th September
On Saturday, 16th September Bob Millington led the ramblers on a six-mile circular walk in the Oxwich area on Gower. Following a week of unsettled weather, Saturday was dry and clear as they started the walk from the Oxwich Bay carpark from where they walked to a crossroads to take the road that runs past the Oxwich Bay Hotel. The tide was fully out and exposed the full sweep of Oxwich Bay around to Three Cliffs Bay and Pobbles Beach just beyond.  The road came to an end, and their route continued in the same direction as a footpath and they soon reached St. Illtyd’s Church and stopped to view the well-maintained church which was open to visitors.  In the graveyard they located a gravestone of an unknown sailor from the First World War.  Stepping out onto the coast path they headed through Oxwich Wood for about a mile and a half, initially climbing a set of steps that seemed never-ending.  Pausing briefly to catch their breath near a finger post at the top, they continued along the path that levelled off for a while before dropping down to just above sea level again and emerged from the woods to open land at Oxwich Point, where they stopped to appreciate the fabulous views up and across the Bristol Channel in excellent visibility.  The terrain changed here and became more level as they contoured around the headland to its most southerly point and stopped for lunch on a grassy bank in brilliant sunshine with fine views out to sea towards the Devon coastline.

In the afternoon, they continued along the coast path towards Horton for about a mile and a half and as they rounded the head into Port-Eynon Bay they found themselves walking into a fresh breeze.  The path was diverted around the edge of a field due to erosion of the bank. When they reached the hamlet of Slade they left the coast path and cut inland taking a lane uphill to meet a country road, where they turned right on the start of the return journey.  There was just a half mile of road walking with views northwards of Cefn Bryn - the spine of Gower - in front of them, as they followed the road through Oxwich Green, then, as the road started to go downhill, they located a stone style that gave them access to a field that they crossed to reach a farm access drive where they stopped to view Oxwich castle whilst Bob read out some of its history.  They returned to the road to follow for the last quarter of a mile down into the village of Oxwich where the rain started for the last couple of minutes of the walk.  
Below are some photos taken on this interesting walk.
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Sunday, 10th September
On Sunday 10th September, Pat & David Bush led the ramblers on a nine mile walk that incorporated the Gnoll Estate country park in Neath and the surrounding countryside.  Poor weather was forecast for the area for the day; however they did start off in the dry.  The walk started from the 200 acre Gnoll Country Park in Neath following footpaths past ponds, leats, and water features, including a reservoir in the estate through Mosshouse Wood, to stop for a coffee break at the Grotto at the head of the valley - the highest point in the estate at a height of one hundred and eighty metres. At this point they should have had a view down the valley looking over the estate, Neath and a glimpse of Swansea Bay, however what they saw was a grey rain cloud coming up the valley blotting out all the views.  As the rain caught up with them, they left the estate onto Fairyland road, a country road that continued about half a mile uphill. At the top of the hill they stopped to check out the views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain in the distance; however, they were already greyed out and the rain had become heavier and was made worse by some strong winds.  At the end of the road they gained access to a byway near the site of a Roman Camp. This rugged stony track led down to a ford across the Gwenffrwd and through Palenna Forest into the ruins of Blaengwenffrwd farm.  They continued along the byway a further three quarters of a mile as they gently descended the hillside southwards towards Tonmawr to meet a link lane that connected them with a track in Cwm Gwenffrwd.  At this point they did an about turn, and now started the return journey walking northwards up Cwm Gwenffrwd, crossing the river to an information board giving the history of the industrial area.  With the rain still falling they located a footpath that led up the opposite side of the valley through forestry for about half a mile. This was once the route of a railway incline that was used by the coal industry for transporting coal from the many coalmines in the area down into the valley. The group stopped for lunch there in the forestry, sheltering from the rain and wind.

In the afternoon they crossed the open moor land of Cefn Morfyddd, passing the highest point of the walk at a height of 258 metres, and maintained that height as they followed the route of the disused railway line along an embankment and through a cutting back to Fairyland road where all expected views were still in mist.  They headed headlong into the wind as they followed the road about half a mile to reach a pleasant farm track that led around the perimeter of the Gnoll estate and the fields above. Here the rain stopped and they gained a view of Swansea Bay in the distance as they gently descended the hillside for just over a mile through Brynau and around the edge of Brynau Wood.  The last leg of the walk took them through woodland behind a housing estate in Cimla lining Preswylfa Dingle, following a stream down to a reservoir that was once the town’s open-air swimming pool – complete with diving boards - but now silted up and used as a fishpond. A footpath led back into the Gnoll Estate past the remains of the mansion house and the lake before reaching the finish.
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We walked past this old feature in the Gnoll Estate Country Park.Here we are passing the attractive Mosshouse Wood reservoir.
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Unfortunately, the rain caught up with us as we left the estate.The forecast meant we were well prepared for this rainy day.
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In the afternoon the rain stopped and we began to see the views.We crossed several fallen trees on woodland paths.
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The footpaths in the woodlands of the estate are very attractive.We pose at the remains of the glorious mansion that once stood here.
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Saturday, 2nd September
On Saturday, 2nd September Andrew Padfield led the ramblers on a pleasant six-mile circular walk that incorporated several footpaths and country roads in the Meidrim area. The weather forecast for the day was dry and bright with temperatures up in the high teens.  The walk started from the car park in Meidrim near the river.  Heading westward they followed St Clears road briefly then turned northwards behind the Fountain Inn along the B4299 Meidrim to Trelech road, going uphill out of the village. They left the road at a footpath sign to access a drive that contoured around the side of a hill then dropped down into a valley to cross a stream then climbed a hill again to pass through the farmyard of Garllegan Fawr into the fields beyond. This route led for about half a mile, passing through a coppice of trees descending into a valley to cross a stream and then onto a track that emerged alongside a large pond. A right turn here led into a field that eventually gave way to a track and the access drive to the neighbouring farm of Bwlchgwynt.  The  walk crossed through the farmyard into a lane and at a bend in the lane they turned right through a field onto a footpath that offered good views towards the hamlet of Gellywen. It descended steeply into the Cynin Valley and here they changed direction as they turned to a northeasterly direction, now descending through Allt Corn-gafr to reach Gellywen about ten minutes later where they had their lunch break at the Baptist chapel.

The walk resumed with a steep uphill section out of Gellywen as they walked the country road for about half a mile to reach Gwyntaes at a road junction with the B42999 Trelech road again.  From here a path led to the access drive of Waun-oleu-fach that then gave way to a track and then a footpath across 4 fields, passing the highest point of the day at one hundred and seventy six metres.  A gate at the end of the 4th field led to another track descending into the valley of Afon Dewi Fawr.  At a left turn in the track the walkers crossed a stile and then a pair of stiles.  By going downhill for just over a mile they crossed stiles and passed through gates to reach a lane at Danygraig. The lane widened into a minor road that passed through Rhosyn Coch and back into Meidrim.
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We began beneath sunny skies in the village of Meidrim.Nearing Bwlchgwynt, we passed a newly created pond.
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This muddy patch required some careful footwork.The buildings at Bwlchgwynt are well-kept and attractive.
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We stepped very carefully over an electric fence in the next field.This wall outside the chapel at Gellywen was a good place for a lunch stop.
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In the afternoon we enjoyed good views despite the clouds moving in.A pleasant stroll down a grassy lane on our way back to Meidrim.
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Sunday, 27th August
On Sunday 27th August - bank holiday weekend, Cyril Phillips led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a nine-mile walk in the St. David’s area of North Pembrokeshire that incorporated the most westerly point on the Welsh mainland and a section of the coastal path that was riddled with numerous coves and caves, stopping for lunch opposite “The Bitches”.  The weather for the day was great for walking – a little overcast in the morning but sunny in the afternoon with temperatures reaching a pleasant twenty one degrees in a light breeze.  

The walk started from a layby near St. Non’s Retreat, just outside St. David’s, from where they walked about half a mile along a quiet road towards St. David’s before turning left at a junction into Lower Moor and then into a bridleway that led down Merry Vale. This led them through the grounds of the old mill as they crossed the river Alun before reaching the road that led them up to the hamlet of Clegyr-Boia. They walked around a rocky outcrop on which there was once an ancient settlement. Continuing on a further quarter of a mile they reached Pwll Trefeiddan and skirted around its perimeter to meet the St David’s to St Justinian road to cross Trefeiddan Moor.  Turning westward they passed Rhosson Farm and Rhosson Ganol and joined the holiday makers making their way to the lifeboat station and the access to the boat trips around Ramsey Island.  On meeting the coast path at St Justinian, they turned southwards past the new lifeboat station, and were now committed to a few hours walking about five miles along the coast.  Keeping the rushing waters of Ramsey Sound on the right, they kept to the cliff tops enjoying the beauty of the rugged cliffs, natural arches, caves and rock formations as they passed Ogof Mary, Maen Bachau, Ogof Goch, Ogof Felen and Carn ar Wig to a spot at Penmaen melyn where they stopped for lunch and caught sight of a pair of dolphins swimming in the sound.  Directly opposite their lunch spot, just below “The Farmhouse” across Ramsey Sound, were the “The Bitches” - a series of rocks stretching out into the Sound from the island that cause dramatic patterns in the water at different stages of the tide as the currents rush through and around them.  

In the afternoon they passed the most westerly point before rounding the head at Pen Dal-aderyn where the sun broke through the clouds, a light breeze picked up and with excellent visibility stunning views opened up over some little coves, Carreg yr Esgob and St Brides Bay.  The coast path led past Ogof Cadno, Ogof Mrs Morgan down onto the rocky beach at Porthlysgi Bay. There was about another mile on the cliff tops before they arrived at the caf in Porth Clais for a well deserved ice cream.  The final mile took them back onto the cliff tops to pass around Porth y Ffynnon to St. Non’s Bay where they left the coast path to visit the remains of St. Non’s Chapel and the healing well before arriving back at the starting point.
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Our walk began near St. Non's Retreat on the Pembrokeshire coast.We admired the new facilities at St. Davids RNLI lifeboat station.
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Next we followed the Pembrokeshire Coast Path along Ramsey Sound.Looking across to Ramsey Island we watched some dolphins cruising by.
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The heather was putting on a good display along the coast.As we rounded the headland the clouds moved away and the sun came out.
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The coastline looked even lovelier under blue skies.We followed the coastal path all the way back to St. Non's Chapel.
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Sunday, 20th August
On Sunday 20th August, Carolyn and Dennis Hills led the Carmarthen Ramblers a nine mile ramble in the Cynghordy area. This walk incorporated some hill climbs with great panoramic views, along with snippets of history as they passed along footpaths and quiet country roads on their route that also passed under the wonderful railway viaduct in Cynghordy.  The walk started from a lay-by near Pendrainllwyn and went along a country road that became a track leading to Bwlch-y-rhew. They left the track to climb to the highest point of the day on Fforest (341 metres) for spectacular panoramic views with Cilycwm and Rhandirmwyn to the north in the valley directly below them and the Crychan Forest and the Black Mountain to the south, Eppynt Mountains and the Brecon Beacons eastward.  They returned to the track to pass Ty-cch and Cwmcaebach and crossed a stream to reach a road that led them downhill and then passed under the railway bridge to Cwmcuttan and then onto Cynghordy railway station just a couple of minutes before the midday train arrived from Llandovery.  They crossed over the line and headed northward past Dildre through fields towards Tan-y-lan where they stopped for lunch.

In the afternoon they turned eastward, passing Galt-y-gyrnig to stop at the extraordinary stone-built Cynghordy viaduct. It was built in 1867 to carry the ‘Heart of Wales’ railway line across the valley of the river Bran from Cynghordy station towards the Sugar Loaf mountain tunnel. The viaduct is 650 feet long and has 18 arches 93ft high.  They continued under the viaduct and followed a road close to the Afon Bran to a gate giving access to some woodland and then some fields that brought them out to Llanerchindda near Rhandirmwyn where they met a country road that led them onto a track up to a cairn from where there were excellent views again.  The last section of the walk took them downhill for about a mile along a track to meet the road at Sarn-y-geifr just half a mile along the road from their starting position.
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To begin, we took a farm track which led toward a ridge called Fforest.A steady climb led us to the trig point at 341 metres.
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We enjoyed good views on our descent, despite the clouds. On this hillside beyond Cynghordy Station we stopped for lunch
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Then we followed paths that led us to the magnificent Cynghordy Viaduct.A little detour got us past a footpath blocked with overgrowth.
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We made our way uphill with the Cynghordy Viaduct now far behind us.As we returned across fields the promised light rain began on time.
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Saturday, 19th August
On Saturday, 19th August, Cyril Phillips led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a 7.5 mile circular walk in the Login area that incorporated a section of the Landsker Borderlands Trail, several footpath links and some quiet country road walking. The walk finished at what used to be Login railway station - now used as a tearoom with a mini museum.  The walk started from the car park near the Afon Taf in Login - a hamlet about six miles north of Whitland. This was a nostalgic walk for Cyril as he had been brought up in the area and he was able to recall some of his earlier life in Login. The weather for the day was perfect for walking - dry with some light cloud cover and sunny periods and just a light breeze.  The first two miles followed the line of the Landsker Borderlands Trail as it crossed the run of the Cardi Bach railway line near the old station, leaving Login initially up a steep hill to reach a footpath that took them through Allt-y-felin, still climbing out of the valley and across the fields that led them into the farmyard of Cilgynydd where stopped awhile to chat with the farmer. They left the farm via a half-mile long drive that brought them out onto a country road not far from Crosshands.  At this point they left the Landsker Trail and turned northwards to follow the road about a mile and a half down into the valley, climbing steeply back up the other side to reach Cefn-y-Pant where they stopped for lunch outside the chapel that Cyril attended three times each Sunday of his younger days when he lived in the area.

In the afternoon they continued another three quarters of a mile to reach a road junction near Parc-rhos where they turned left then shortly afterwards picked up a footpath that took them past Pen-pontbren into Allt Pen-pontbren where they located Gwl y Filiast Burial Chamber.  The route continued through the woods and back onto the road for the last mile march downhill through Pen-y-bont-newydd into Login where they stopped for refreshments and a debrief at the refurbished railway station tearoom.
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Today's walk began at Login, near the old "Cardi Bach" railway station.For a while we followed the Landsker Borderlands Trail going east.
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We then enjoyed the views as we strolled along a quiet country lane.After lunch we followed a track toward the Afon Taf.
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We stopped to admire an ancient burial chamber - Gwal y Filiast.As we returned to Login we passed the house where Cyril was born.
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For some reason, the walkers began to file into the old train station....Ah, they were looking forward to a lovely afternoon cream tea!
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