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