Change and the Cambrians

It’s hard to believe that the Cambrian Mountains haven’t always been as we see them today, but in reality “change is the only constant”.  The Victorians’ reservoirs displaced people and drowned farms; conifers now march across hillsides once grazed by sheep and cattle.  Up until the Cistercian monks introduced sheep farming, the same hills would […]

AUGUST WALK: DYFFRYN CASTELL

  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 […]

CMS Responds to the Sustainable Farming Scheme

Upland farming is tough work, and its no surprise that the number of farmers still dedicated to working in these less favourable environments has declined over the years.  But the Cambrian Mountains as we know them today are essentially a farmed landscape and the paths and tracks criss-crossing them have been laid down by the […]

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 […]

Poetry and the uplands

Our 2023 poetry competition concludes with a prize giving, poetry readings and panel discussion with two of the judges on 2 March 2024. You can see the full results here. The judges said “Some strong themes emerged from the poems – love, loss, grief, belonging, language and the passing of time. Some captured the landscape […]