The next walk will be on 17 August 2024, led by Trustee Maurice Kyle.  His plan is to start from the old Dyffryn Castell hotel (now derelict), a mile or two east of Ponterwyd on the A44.  We’ll climb via Fagwyr Fawr over Draws Drum (573 m) and Pen Dihewyd (513 m), then descend […]

Cwmystwyth Mines in July sunshine

We had a miraculously sunny day for the Society’s visit to Cwmystwyth Mines under the ineffable leadership of Dr David James (CMS Member and Trustee of the Cambrian Mines Trust).  We were there for only 4 hours but it could have easily expanded to 8; and never a question from the inquisitive group but David […]

July Walk Cancelled :(

  APOLOGIES TO ANYONE WHO HAD SIGNED UP, OR PUT IT IN THEIR DIARY, BUT DUE TO A COLLEAGUE OF OUR WALK LEADER HAVING A BROKEN ARM, SHE IS HAVING TO STEP IN TO PROVIDE WORK COVER.  Watch this space – hopefully we can re-schedule.   July’s going to be an action-packed month for the […]

Summer 2024 walks

We’re being asked “what about the walks programme for the rest of the summer?”  Rest assured, there will be walks – we just don’t quite have the final details yet.  As soon as we do, we’ll post them here.  The July walk will be 21 July (so as not to conflict with the Esgair Galed […]

Can you do better than this?

We’re getting some excellent pictures submitted for our monthly photography competitions – but there’s always room for more!  The June competition is now running.  Its for members only, so you’ll need to sign in to the Members’ Area to submit your shot (or vote for the overall CMS Photo of the Year, out of all […]

A country of memorable poets!

  We were delighted with the response to our poetry competition, and delighted once again with the enthusiasm of poets, judges and locals at our Prize Giving event last Saturday in the beautiful Library at Neuadd Pantyfedwen in Pontrhydfendigaid.   Judges Julie Brominicks and Cyril Jones read out the winning poems in the English category for […]

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 […]

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 […]