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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

June walk: Birdsong and mines around Ysbyty Ystwyth

  Our next walk is coming up on 10 June, with Red Liford leading a circular walk around the old mining remains of Ysbyty Ystwyth.  The walk will cover steep, rough grassland and some minor roads while visiting Pen glog-Fawr, the high point of Trawsallt (570m), Llan ddu Fawr and Cwm Gwyddyl.   Despite our image […]

May walk – bluebells in bloom at Rhandirmwyn

On Sunday 14th May, Judy Gore is leading a moderate circular walk for CMS Members starting opposite Gallt y Bere farm just north of Rhandirmwyn and visiting Allt Rhyd y Groes NNR in the Upper Tywi Valley.  The walk takes in quiet lanes, woodland paths and open moorland and offers marvellous view, weather permitting (the […]

Next Members’ Walk: Highlights of Pumlumon Fawr. NOTE NEW DATE April 30th

In order to help his mother with moving house, Neal is having to postpone this walk until 30 April. All other details unchanged. Neal Batchelor will lead a walk up to Stallions Crag/Craig y March, at the head of Cwm Gerwin on the shoulder of Pumlumon Fawr.  Starting from the car park at Eisteddfa Gurig […]

Soar-y-Mynydd, a section of the Doethie Valley and of course some cairns

The clocks are going back on 30 October so the days are getting significantly shorter, but we still have time to fit in one last Members’ walk for 2022.  On 6 November we’ll be taking a circuit from Soar-y-Mynydd over the pass into the Doethie valley and along up to the track by Ty’n Cornel […]

October walk: Around the Rheidol

On Sunday 16th October we’ll be taking a circuit across the upland areas on the rim of the Rheidol Valley, passing mine ruins at Cwmbrwyno and ascending Bwa drain hillfort (300m) for an impressive vista of the meandering Afon Rheidol as it snakes through Cwmrheidol below.  The autumn colours are already starting to show through, […]

Garreg-ddu on 10 September

The CMS Members’ walk on Saturday 10th September will be in the Elan Valley with leader Judy Gore. It will be a 9-mile, moderate circuit starting near the Penbont House tea rooms at the far end of Garreg-Ddu reservoir, with the main focus of the walk being the reservoir itself and the magnificent views it […]