Lichen hunt 13 January 2024

Beware of what you wish for, they say: – we wished for dry weather for our lichen outing and we’ve got it, but with a high likelihood of considerable cold too. We’ll meet with the team from Welsh Lichens on Saturday 13th January at 10 am. Share cars where possible as there are limited parking […]

November in the Land of Lead

  The final members’ walk for 2023 will be on Saturday 4th November, visiting mines in the Cwmsymlog area. Starting from Cwmsymlog village, by the mine chimney (see above), the walk proceeds via Banc Llety Spence to Cwmerfyn.  After following the track towards Rhosgoch lake we’ll reach Blaenmelindwr and Syfydrin, man made lakes that were […]

Trouble with lichens? Update: Field day postponed

The pleasure of walking (or riding, or cycling) in the Cambrians is often keenest when a clear day shows the skyline 30 miles away with the silhouette of Cadair Idris or Pen-y-fan stencilled against the blue.  But the absence of trees or buildings between you and that skyline may be tempting you away from appreciating […]

September talk: Local history in the Land of Lead

Brian Davies, local author and (as it happens) CMS Trustee, will be giving at talk at 3pm on Saturday 16 September 2023 at Neuadd-y-Penrhyn/ Penrhyn-coch Village Hall, telling stories of the lives of seafarers, lead miners and railwaymen from four generations of his family in the 19th and 20th centuries. Free entry; tea, coffee and […]

Poetry competition 2023

September walk: Llyn Carw and the Rhiwnant mines

September’s walk will be on Saturday (for a change) 9 September. Starting from the Elan Valley, we’ll head up a track above the Claerwen reservoir and across the occasionally boggy, usually tussocky top to the little-visited natural lake, Llyn Carw (Deer Lake).  After pausing to look for Spring Quillwort and Shoreweed, neither of which is known […]

Abbey Cwmhir: a medieval vanity project?

After a morning of almost unbroken rain, the afternoon of the Glorious Twelfth was largely dry for our visit to Abbey Cwmhir and its village.  But a weeping grey sky is perhaps appropriate for the ruin of a Cistercian church which was, at its building, one of the very largest in Britain or possibly even […]

August walk: All along the Watchtowers

On 20 August Peter Foulkes will be leading a late summer walk in the northern Cambrians taking in the twin ‘peaks’ of Disgwylfa Fach (416m) & Fawr (507m). Although quite close to Bwlch Nant yr Arian with its visitor centre, these two Watchtowers aren’t often climbed even though Fawr is a “Marilyn” (a peak over […]

Coming up in August: Guided visit to Abbey Cwmhir

On 12 August 2023 we will be visiting Abbey Cwmhir, the sister abbey on the eastern side of the Cambrians to Strata Florida Abbey on the west, as guests of the Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust whose director, Julian Lovell, will give us a guided tour.  The Abbey was a 12th Century Cistercian monastery, patronised by […]

Members’ July walk: Pumlumon Fawr. Third time lucky!

The next members’ walk will be on Sunday 16 July, up to Stallions’ Crag on Pumlumon Fawr.  If this sounds familiar it is because we had intended to do it in April but for family and then weather reasons it had to be postponed.  For full details, see the original post here.  And as usual, […]