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A circular walk from Eglwyswrw – with George Allingham

Eglwyswrw provided the starting point for Pembrokeshire Ramblers’ walk led last Saturday 17th February by George Allingham with 20 members and guests. They were rewarded by good weather, apart from a heavy, but very short, shower towards the end.  Its arrival, sweeping in from the Preselis, could be clearly seen. The walkers head out of the village passing close to Pen-y-Coed and through Forchest, across pastures, along a deserted tarmac lane meeting only the post van and then into Pengelli Woods, a nature reserve way-marked with a number of different routes. 

After skirting round the eastern perimeter, the group dropped down in to the valley and across a very interesting selection of quirky bridges over bubbling streams.  Every so often faces carved in upstanding logs caught the attention, and some very artistic gates.  The last leg crossed the A487 and skirted the Shire Horse Centre in to a green lane peppered with an owl, a rabbit, a badger, a kingfisher and a green frog and talking to them was met with a stony silence and a fixed stare. The group then proceeded across Eglwyswrw Common, to get back to the cars.  Tafarn Sinc, being the nearest pub in the right direction, refreshed most of those on the walk.     

Text and image by George Allingham.

A ramble on two separate days with David Michaels

Preseli Ridge Part 1 on 31 March 2018

20 Ramblers turned up at a cold, grey and blustery car park behind Tafarn Sinc, Rosebush. As this was a linear walk starting at a layby on the Mynachlogddu to Crymych road it meant a car shuttle to get everyone to the start whilst  leaving sufficicent cars at Tafarn Since in order to reunite the drivers with their vehicles at the end of the day. Once everyone was in place the walk started at 11am and we headed up up to Foeldrygarn. This first climb allowed everyone to warm up a little.

The wind was much colder and stronger on the tops and the exposed areas and we battled it for much of the walk. From Foeldrygarn it was down and across the moor to pick up the Golden Road to Carn Menyn, here we skirted the outcrop of spotted dolerite stones and dropped downhill slightly to just above the top of the river of stone before heading up hill to the stone circle of Bedd Arthur. After a lunch stop at Carn Bica we followed the broad boggy and rock littered ridge to Foel Feddau. This was mostly uphill and on boggy ground. The wind was at its strongest, and the wind chill at its coldest, at this point in the walk but the compensation was an ever changing golden light across the whole of the landscape.

From Foel Feddau, we dropped down slightly, crossed the fence and began the final climb of the day to a mist covered Foel Cwmcerwyn. It was slightly easier going with the wind to our back. We posed for a photo at the top and then it was an easy descent down the ridge on the old miners track and back to Rosebush and the pub.

Total mileage: 8 miles  Total Ascent: 1500ft

1st image on Day1

Preseli Ridge Part 2 on 1 April 2018

10 Ramblers turned up for a second day of walking along the Preseli Ridge. The car shuttle from the Parrog, Newport was a little more straightforward and we started walking from Tafarn Sinc at 11am. The weather was much, much kinder today, the hill fog had lift, the wind had dropped and the sun made sporadic appearances during the first half of the walk.

The route from Rosebush through the old quarries and up to Bwlch Pennant is pretty and straightforward. Once we were back on the ridge, it was a left turn across the moor. We crossed the main road at Bwlch Gwynt and headed up Foel Eryr. There were panoramic views from the top.

Following a steep grassy descent of Foel Eryr, we picked up the fence line, stopped for lunch and then crossed the moor to the road. Once there,we took the track towards Tregynnon and then down through the woods into  Cwm Gwaun. After a quick breather we started the longish climb out of the valley and up to Carn Edward. We picked up the main track on Mynydd Carningli and once passed Carn Ingli we dropped down on good paths to the lanes that led into Newport. The rain started just s we arrived at the Royal Oak pub.

There was an extra ½ mile walk for those involved in retrieving their cars before eventually joining the others in the pub for celebratory drinks.  

Total mileage: 9.5 miles  Total Ascent: 1726ft

Text by David Michaels. All Images by George Allingham