Up above the Elan Valley

  Eight of us plus Ben the Cavalier spaniel enjoyed a much welcome break from the unsettled weather for our ramble in the Elan watershed. We started out using cycle route 81 from the visitors centre, soon passing the attractive Bethania Baptist Chapel tucked below the Rhayader road, built in 1900 for the dam workers […]

Cwmsymlog in the springtime

Despite the inclement forecast which proved to be rather inaccurate, there was an excellent turnout for the first CMS walk of 2024 led by the Belsey partnership who lived in this beautiful valley for 34 years and so were able to provide us all with some interesting information on the history of lead and silver […]

Members’ October walk: Cwm Cyneiniog

Our next Members’ walk will be at 10 am on 8 October, starting from the turning point at the ruined Bwlch-glas mine in the wonderfully scenic Cwm Cyneiniog and offers quickly changing superb views in all directions, and a real sense of remoteness.  Taking very small paths, sometimes over open terrain and small crags, the […]

Steaming our way up to Llyn Carw

The forecast threatened us with the hottest day of the year – in September! – so it was with floppy hats, water pump and lashings of sunscreen that we set off up into the hills to investigate the state of the aquatic plants, not recorded since 1976, at Llyn Carw, the hidden lake which sits […]

Dylan and Hendrix in the Cambrians

Younger Members may have missed the allusion in the title of August’s walk, “All along the watchtowers”, but Peter made all clear with a reading of a verse from the classic track, on the top of Disgwylfa Fawr. Do we have a trend here? Neal read some haikus of Ken Jones’ when he led a […]

Down Cwm Gwerin and up Pumlumon Fawr

July’s walk was touch-and-go for several days as the weather forecast veered from appalling to merely wet through lunchtime. Nonetheless, five intrepid members stuck to their guns (despite several others pulling out) and set off from Eisteddfa Gurig under low cloud, celebrating each minor flash of sunlight.  The hills were streaming from the last month’s […]

Water, water everywhere

A week of rain left the Sunday walk route rather wet underfoot, including an absolute torrent tearing down the now-ruined track from Soar-y-Mynydd towards the Doethie Fach.  Sun and showers were forecast, but we got rather more showers and only a few flickers of sunlight.  Nonetheless, the group were well geared up to face the […]

Sun, sea views and mushrooms above Cwm Rheidol

On a fine autumnal day, nine members set off from the Nant yr Arian visitors centre to explore the Rheidol Valley – a different approach from the walk which started from Devil’s Bridge. Straight up a hill and past a wind farm, we soon dropped down to some of the old mine ruins of Cwm […]

End of summer above the Elan Valley

On 10 September a group of us assembled below Penbont House tea rooms at the end of Garreg-ddu for a walk up and over the hills to see what the dry summer has done north of the Elan reservoirs.  Surprisingly, it was largely green and as lush as you might expect from an ordinary summer […]

Sunlit Teifi Pools in a brisk wind

The June walk was a triumph, with Red Lifford leading a group in a rough figure of eight from Strata Florida up through forestry tracks and across to the Teifi Pools, commenting as we went on the birdsongs all around us. Real ornithologists barely try to spot birds unless they’ve heard the song and know […]