Here you can see what we've been up to, and what we will be doing in the future.
Three member of Four Wells Ramblers and one other Powys CC volunteer, took to the paths around the smalll village of Llowes in the Wye Valley. The aim was to clear a path with overgrown/blocked stiles and make it useable again. Not only were we able to do this but it opens up a delightful section of footpaths with stunning views towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.
At one section the path was completely blocked by a barbed wire fence, despite reasonable signage up to that point. Fortunately we met the new owner of the property the fence is on, and persuaded him to come and see the blockage himself. Result! He promised to install a stile, and also said he was aiming to open a permissive footpath on his land through a wood with a waterfall. All in all a very satisfactory day's work.
First stile can just be seen in the overgrowth
Stile cleared, but stock fencing discovered beyond it.
2nd blocked stile in overgrowth
2nd Stile completely cleared
We had our first post-lockdown walk on 8th May. Nine of us enjoyed a 9 mile walk from Hay on Wye, to the beautiful nature reserve of Cwmbyddog. We returned to Hay via Clyro. The weather was clement, views good, and the wild flowers delightful.
Our second walk on 15th May was not so fortunate. A very poor weather forecast meant that just 3 members braved it to walk to Drygarn Fawr from the Devil's Staircase. In the event the weather was much better than expected and it was a very good if strenuous walk.
We are hoping more people will be motivated to join us on our walk. It's the nearest thing to 'normal' that many of us have experienced for some time. It's really good for the soul to get out in the countryside in good company. So we're looking forward to the rest of the walks on our programme and hope we can find enough willing walk leaders to continue.
The Four Wells Ramblers have endeavoured to provide a regular Saturday walk folliwing the easing of restrictions in early August. We have been greatly assisted in this by offers of walks from our friends in the East Radnor Ramblers, who are currently only doing mid weeks walks. We enjoyed our last walk on Saturday 19th December in the lovely Elan Valley. A small group of six, we walked from the Penbont car park up towards Crugan Ci, before heading eastward on Bwlch Croesnewydd. Our return route took us through the lovely old oak (derw) wood of Coed y Mynach, round Y Glog Fawr, and down to Garreg Ddu reservoir. We walked the cycle path back to Penbont car park. They day was a mixture of sunshine and showers which provided us with some dramatic scenery. The dams in the Valley were overflowing with all the rain we've had recently.
An excellent walk. Hopefully, we will be able to resume walks in the not too distant future, but this current lockdown may be for some time.
With the loosening of COVID 19 restrictions by the Welsh Government, and in line with advice from Ramblers Cymru, we began group walking again on Saturday 8th August.
We are a small group in numbers, so the 30 people restriction is unlikely to ever bother us. On this occasion we had 6 people on the walk - one other walker failed to find us, but enjoyed a walk in the hills on his own anyway.
We walked from Glascwm around the local hills, with views down to the Black Mountains, through an abundance of Heather, and some sheep. No other walkers were espied. The weather was warm and dry, with a welcome breeze at times. An excellent walk of 9 miles was enjoyed by all.
We are looking forward to some further walks in August and September and hope some more people will join us on them.
Powys Ramblers from the Four Wells and East Radnor Ramblers are again working with the Elan Valley Estate to develop a number of new walks within the Estate. This is the third time we have worked with the Elan Valley team.
Our first involvement, which was in 2016, was to re-survey the existing ten walks which were published by the Estate and sold at the Visitor Centre. These surveys involved six volunteers who walked the routes and provided revised or updated route guides.
More recently we were tasked with identifying a number of family friendly walks based on a couple of the official car parks within the Estate. A number of different routes were identified and surveyed, during which notes were made of the extent of work needed including any necessary way-marking. Several routes were selected by the Estate and have now been included, as coloured routes, on notice boards located at the relevant car parks. The work was undertaken by two teams of four volunteers, each team based on one of the two car parks
We are currently undertaking a further exercise in respect of ten new routes, varying in length and difficulty, which have been selected following meetings with the Elan Valley staff. We have been asked to survey these routes, prepare route descriptions and identify any work required. A pack containing these walks will be available for sale in the Visitor Centre and elsewhere in due course; hopefully with some acknowledgement of the Ramblers’ input.
This is also the third year that Ramblers have contributed led walks to the Elan Valley Events programme; the 2020 programme is due to be published shortly. These walks will be advertised on their website, on the screens in the Visitor Centre and on other promotional material used by them. They can also be found on the Ramblers website; our first walk is in April.
The Elan Valley Estate is administered by the conservation Welsh Water Elan Valley Trust. Five reservoirs provide water for Birmingham set within 70 square miles of spectacular countryside humming with wildlife and history. If you haven’t visited you should come; if you have visited why not come again and join one of our walks?
Saturday 13 August 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 10.2 mile / 16.4 km walk
Saturday 27 August 2022Starting at 10:00A strenuous 11.2 mile / 18 km walk
Saturday 10 September 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Saturday 24 September 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Saturday 8 October 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 9.5 mile / 15.3 km walk
Saturday 22 October 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 10.5 mile / 16.9 km walk