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Preseli hills walk with Davey

The weather forecast wasn't great on Saturday 10 November for the planned walk on the Preseli Hills, but it was better than the previous few days which had been near constant torrential rain leaving the whole of west Wales pretty much water logged. 9 walkers met in the light drizzle at the large parking area in front of the William Waldo memorial. All donned in suitable protective outerwear.

The walk headed through Mynachlogddu and up the first track that goes up the hill to Carn Meini. After the gate, where farmland meets moorland, we headed (waded) across the boggy moor to meet up with the lower section of the 'River of Stone' The river of stone is a natural feature. It is a long rocky ribbon that 'flows' down the flat valley from Carn Meini rocks. Along its length are standing stones and perhaps a collapsed burial cairn. We followed animal tracks, alongside the river, to crest the ridge. At the top was the Carn Meini burial chamber.

Despite the predictions, the sun came out and it was pleasant walking conditions. Underfoot was another story. The Preseli ridge was completely waterlogged and the walk became more of of a paddle, as it became difficult to find anything resembling dry land. The ridge path led us the Bedd Arthur stone circle (which is more rugby ball shaped than circular) and then over the top of the hill. We left the ridge at the 4 mile point and headed down to get out of the wind. We had lunch once we found some relatively dry rocks.

After lunch it was a quick descent down to the road. Here we turned left and right down the track to Adsofl-Wen. After a few fields we crossed into Gors Fawr moor and had to navigate more deep puddles and bog before eventually making our way up to the lane via Blaen Dyffryn. It was a brief respite as we soon entered the moor again to visit Gors Fawr stone circle and the two standing stones next to it locally called the 'Wishing Stones'. A further 1/2 mile of bog trotting and heather bashing led us back to the car park and for the second consecutive week, Tafarn Zinc received our custom.

Text by Davey and Photo's by John Reeves

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