Monks’ Trod reopened to motorcycles

Powys County Council has recently announced a restricted reopening of part of the Monks’ Trod to motorcycles, a move deplored by the Cambrian Mountains Society. Click here to read more

Assembly Debate on Review of Protected Landscapes

On Tuesday the 28th March the Welsh Assembly will hold a plenary debate on the Review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, published in 2015. It is expected that the debate will draw on the unpublished draft report of the Future Landscapes Wales (FLW) programme. CMS and its members continue to lobby […]

2016 AGM

The hospitality and excellent catering of the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells were once more extended by its owners – also longstanding CMS members – for the society’s Annual General Meeting on 29th October. Chairman Roger Earis reported on another eventful year, and trustee Peter Foulkes filled in more detail on progress towards the society’s […]

Bang the AONB drum!

The Designated Landscapes Report, commissioned by Welsh Government and delivered in October, supported AONBs and National Parks as designations fit for the future protection and enhancement of the most important landscapes in Wales. The Cambrian Mountains landscape is undeniably special. This has been repeated many times over the last 80 years. 1936 Sir George Stapledon […]

Save Nantymaen phone box

Photo © Nigel Brown and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence The isolated phone box at Nantymaen (where the Tregaron-Abergwesyn mountain road crosses the Camddwr valley) has been a victim of vandalism, and BT has now decided that it should be de-commissioned and removed. People have until 2nd January to lodge an objection […]

Designated Landscapes Report published

An independent review of Designated Landscapes (e.g. National Parks and AONBs) in Wales was commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2014. It was chaired by Professor Terry Marsden, and its report was published yesterday (29th October 2015). The report makes 69 recommendations, including: making no change to the name or legal status of national parks […]

CMS says protection needed for historic sites

The Society has written to the Welsh Government asking it to support the designation as Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM) of two important lead mine sites, Esgair Fraith and Esgair Hir, in the Cambrian Mountains east of Tal y Bont. The site is rich in industrial arcchaeology, which is threatened by fly tipping, off-roading and other […]

National Trust lecture: report & pix

Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales, spoke last week at a well-attended event, organised by the Cambrian Mountains Society, in the Drwm theatre at the National Library in Aberystwyth.  Mr. Albert’s well-illustrated talk encompassed the extent of the Trust’s properties in Wales – and the responsibilities and work arising from them – and its […]

Society showcases the Cambrian Mountains

On 16th and 17th May trustees of the Cambrian Mountains Society manned a stand at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival in the showground at Llanelwedd. There was a very encouraging interest shown by members of the public and we had many conversations with visitors to the show about the work of the Society and the potential threats […]

“Back to the Future”, Drwm, Aberystwyth, 23rd May 2014

Report and photos by Alun Jones   The guest speakers, both from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter, were Jane Davidson (Director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) and Professor of Archaeology David Austin. They provided the sixty Cambrian Mountains Society members and guests with a wonderful, informative […]