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Penblewin and Lampeter Velfrey walk with John Reeves

Having given those who had participated in the group Christmas dinner on the previous Friday time to recover, the walk on Sunday 25th November started from the car park near Penblewin roundabout. To avoid walking along the busy road the seventeen walkers were ferried to the footpath at Stonyford then they proceeded easterly towards Llanddewi Velfrey.

The first obstacle, a shallow stream was crossed without much problem and we were greeted by a large herd of inquisitive cattle that followed us through the muddy field. On leaving our new friends we continued along paths and farm tracks to the road at Henlan.  After following the road and taking the junction for Lampeter Velfrey at Stepin, the route was left through the woods passing below Caerau Beacon to the church on the narrow road leading back to Llanddewi Velfrey.

After a short distance the route led off the road uphill, past Llanddewi Beacon, through the woods to the road at Pen-banc. From here there was an excellent view of the Preseli Mountains to the north. On the next section all the old stiles have been replaced with gates, the route cleared and way- marked by PCC up to the main road. After carefully crossing the A40 the walk entered the more challenging phase, going west back to Penblewin.

These paths are seldom walked and the ground was extremely boggy in places as we proceeded to our lunch stop near Parc-y-delyn. The upside was the blue sky and sunshine as we enjoyed our lunch. From here it was quite straight forward, with very little mud, back to the start point at Penblewin by 2.15 pm, a walk of just less than 5.5 miles.

All said that they had enjoyed the walk and we welcomed some new faces that we hope we will see again. My thanks to all who took part without complaining.

Text and images by John Reeves

Ramblers New Year Stroll with Lena Arnold

While many people were still recovering from the previous evening’s celebrations, Pembrokeshire Ramblers were off on their first walk of 2019. It was a good opportunity for some of the members who prefer a more leisurely stroll to walk with others who usually opt for a longer walk.

Starting from Pelcomb Cross, fourteen walkers set out for a gentle four mile circular walk along quiet country lanes, farm tracks and woodland paths. From Pelcomb Cross the route was through Dunston Grove and East Hook to Sutton Lodge. A short lunch break was taken in the valley before continuing uphill to the farm at Cuckoo Grove.

From Cuckoo Grove the way was across open fields to the track passing through the centre of the Solar Farm, a chance to get up close to “Green Energy”, before continuing to Cuckoo Mill and the main road near Pelcomb Bridge. The new cycle path made a safe quiet route back to the start point at Pelcomb Cross. The conditions under foot we quite good with less mud than might be expected for the time of year. At the end of the walk those who wished retired to the Pelcomb Inn for refreshments.

Text by Lena Arnold. Images by John Reeves.