Walking with Clive

Walking with Clive, or St. Peter's Plodders (as it is commonly known) is a great way to stay fit and socialise with others in the community.

Whenever possible we will include the next route in plenty of time for you get your boots polished.

Clive gives details of the route including the length so that you know if it's a quite stroll, and energetic ramble, or full out mountain climbing.

The photographs are from the previous months walk.

Oh, did we forget to mention, there's often chips at the end of the walk!!!




Plas Tan y Bwlch, Aberystwyth Walk (4.5 miles)
Saturday 7th December

Dear Plodders,

Dust off those walking boots, waterproof those walking garments we are going for a walk! I think the old feet are ready for a run out. Nothing too exhilarating mind you, as I’m still under starters orders, but I’d really like you all to join me, the more the merrier.
Catching the 9:30am bus to Aberystwyth we shall then walk past the new Fire Station picking up the Ystwyth Trail under Pen Dinas and carrying on to Rhydyfelin. There we will turn west passing Plas Tan y Bwlch, and eventually reaching South Beach and then returning via the harbour into Aberystwyth.
I’m sure a drink/snack/meal would be welcome before catching the appropriate bus back to Machynlleth, I suggest Wetherspoon’s in the station as it’s close to the bus.
I’m sure the more observant of you will recognise this walk from previous times, but as a welcome back walk, it is ideal. Flat, not too long, plenty of seats and perhaps those brave enough could take a dip in the sea!!!! (I jest) Clive Thomas


Penglais Nature Park (4:0 miles) Saturday 12th May.

We shall be leaving St Peter’s Church at 09:30 hrs and drive to Aberystwyth parking the cars in the left hand lay-by at the top of hill. The walk then crosses the road through the Halls of Residence and enters the newly restored Nature Trail adjacent to the Golf course. Taking a circular route we eventually arrive at the top of Constitution Hill. We shall avail ourselves of the cafe there before proceeding down the hill, along the prom and then make our way back to the cars.

Famed for its spring displays of bluebells, the Penglais Nature Park is situated on the north end of Aberystwyth. The beautiful woodland scenery of the park is a favourite local haven. The park is also the site of an old quarry as evidenced by its rocky slopes. Additionally, the park is the only UNESCO Man and Biosphere Urban Reserve in Wales.

Clive May 2018


Walking with Clive - March 2018

Yes folks!! At last we managed to get our March walk in. Though the weather forecast wasn’t favourable, our intrepid Plodders decided to go for it, and were rewarded with dry weather. The scenery was typical late winter, with the only sign of Spring being the lambs, Daffodils and Snow Drops. We all rewarded ourselves with food at Maengwyn Cafe on our return. Roll on the warmer weather.
Unfortunately folks there will be no walk in April, family duties are calling. Hopefully by May the weather will have settled and we’ll be able to go further afield by then.



Walking with Clive - February 2018

Darowen - Abercegir Circular. Sat 11th (5 miles)

I am acutely aware that our walks have been non-existent in the last couple of months for varies reasons, the weather mainly. No one is more disappointed than I, we must try our hardest to get our February walk in. So, except for a hurricane we will be walking the above. Look forward to seeing you all, and maybe “new members” or shall we call them “Ploddies” until they graduate!!!!!!

Meet at St Peter’s at 9:30 am, we will then travel to Darowen and park by the Church. The walk is along lonely tarmac roads with wonderful views across the valley to Dylife. Please bring packed lunch if you like, but I suggest we repair to Maengwyn Cafe on our return and finish off our walk with refreshments.


Walking with Clive - Jan 2018

Dear Walkers, due weather conditions prevailing at the moment, there will be no walk in January, A Happy New Year to one and all.