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walk, November15th, 2019.|
This walk started and ended at Gregynog and was led by May and Jenny (and Alun) around parts of the wooded estate. The weather was overcast with a few splashes of rain and the ground was extremely soggy but we all had a good time. There were 2 very exuberant dogs with us on this walk and they really enjoyed it, including dips in the ice cold lake. The total walk length was 3.5 miles with a moving average of 1.5 hours. We all had a very enjoyable lunch in the Gregynog cafe.
Llanbrynmair walk, October 18th, 2019.
This walk was led by Sheena (our new walking group coordinator) and the weather was generally cooperative.
On the way up. Still going up. Up among the sheep.
Weather still good. Rain coming in. A happy hiker.
Newtown Heritage trail and river walk, September 20th 2019.
This walk was led by Moyra, ably assisted by the welcome temporary return of Ruth. It started with a partial walking of the Heritage Trail developed by Moyra for the recent Walking Festival, see details at Walking Newtowns web site, Town Trail 1. After this we walked out along the river to the Mochdre Brook and wildlife area to return through the estate and then on to the paved path along the playing fields. Weather was great and some of the participants had lunch afterwards in the Newtown Market.
Figuring out a
the river path.
Cader Idris walk, August 23rd, 2019This walk was led by Dale and was much longer and more challenging than our usual walks. A small group met in the car park at Dol Idris and set off up the mountain trail in heavy cloud and light rain. This weather remained the same for the whole of the ascent and the first part of the descent so we just had to imagine the magnificent views. The ascent was a long, steep climb up rough steps and alternating rocky and boggy sections. At the top we had lunch, still in the cloud then took the more direct descent over very difficult terrain, gradually seeing the views as the sun shone through. This walk which is listed at 5 hours took some of the group nearly 9 hours. The total distance walked was 6.6 miles and we all ended up with aching joints and muscles.
Summit group Paula and Mike on descent Janet and Angela, and sheep on descent
View of lake
Bont Dolgadfan walk, July 12th, 2019
This walk was led by local resident, Sheena, and was a lovely, varied walk through fields, woods, along streams and rivers and up quite a steep hill. We had a 16 people who all thoroughly enjoyed the day, made special by excellent refreshments towards the end of the walk, provided by friend and neighbour, Rosie. The total walk was 5.8 miles and showed most of us a delightful part of the country that we had not previously seen.
View from the top Village stroll More strolling
Admiring the view The group at the refreshment stop ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Walk up Roundton Hill, June 17th, 2019
This was a combined visit to Hurdley Hall with the garden group. After visiting the garden and sampling the home made cakes and scones we set off up the Hill. Weather was mostly dry but windy as you will see from one of the photos taken at the top. The views were spectacular and the groves of foxgloves impressive. We had a picnic at the top, sheltering from the wind. We were a small group but a happy one.
Windy summit. On the way down.
View from the top. Foxgloves.
Walk to Fachwen Pool, May 24th, 2109.
This was a lovely walk led by Nick on a great day for walking. It is Walk 3 of the Walking Newtown circular walks from Newtown. This was the first time that we used the modified route which continues along the Severn Way for a short distance past the lake, since permission to use the route along the lake has now been withdrawn. The advantage of this change is that we climbed the hill after the lake and got some great views while having our lunch. We had a few guests walking with us who are going to lead this walk during our Walking Festival on June 1st and 2nd. The total distance walked was 6.1 miles.
Fachwen Pool. Through the long grass. View from the top.
Walk up Earl's Hill starting at Pontesbury, April 26th, 2019.
At the top.
Walk around Kerry, March 30th, 2019
This walk was led by Tilde and started at the car park in Kerry. It was a little cool to start but we soon warmed up as we went up the hill behind Kerry headed towards the Kerry Ridgeway. The first part was through an old wood and Tilde told us a lot of interesting facts about the many types of moss growing in the wood. By the time we got to the top of the hill the sun came out and we all enjoyed the views down over the Kerry Vale and across to the Ridgeway. An excellent, diverse walk took us to a lunch spot by a babbling brook, still in sunshine, then the return by a different route to Kerry. The whole walk was 6.8 miles and we celebrated with a drink in the Herbert Arms. Thanks to Tilde for a lovely new walk.
Before the sun came out. View of the Ridgeway. Lunch break. Lambs with mum.
Freestone Lock and Fron Dolfor, February 2019
This walk was led by Mike and Paula and is about 4.5 miles long and is Walking Newtown's Walk 7a. The weather was kind, dry, sunny and unseasonally warm for February. A large group of 18 members took part in this walk which included a diversion through the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve. The walk was the first of those to be led by members since Ruth, who has run this group for 17 years, has decided that it was time to stand down from this role. The group finished the walk with lunch at the Black Boy pub and thanked Ruth for all her sterling efforts by presenting her with a bouquet and our heartfelt thanks.
The group on the canal path. Taking a break in the sun. Enjoying lunch after the walk. Bouquet for Ruth from members.