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!!!
St. Peter's Plodders - June
Sorry folk’s but there will be no walk in June as my wife and I are away on holidays. I promise to make amends with our walk in July, it’s a cracker!!!!
Our walk for May was a double whammy. The intended walk in and around the Rheidol valley/river was enjoyed by all with tranquil views all around. As the walk was shorter than usual we then proceeded to Penrhyncoch and walked the “Bluebell Walk” through the wood’s called Goginan. This a waymarked walk with parking provided by Resources Wales.
Saturday 13 th May 2017
Cwm Rheidol & Lower Falls Circular. 3.5 miles.
A gentle walk through woodland and along the bank of the River Rheidol. There are some particularly fine waterfalls to admire.
Leaving St Peters at 09:30 hrs, we will drive to the Cwm Rheidol Visitors Centre were our walk begins. There is a small cafe serving hot drinks and snacks there, but we shall be stopping for our lunch en route.
Our April mid week walk was accompanied by sunshine and fine weather. The views back to the coast were stunning, with local history all around us, in the form of old silver and lead mines. It reminded us of days gone by when, day to day living was a lot harder. The remnants of these mines were a stark reminder of those distant days.
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Cwmsymlog & Llyn Rhosgoch Cicular. (4 miles)
We will be meeting by St Peter’s at 9:00am then driving to the car park at Llyn Pendam above Penrhyncoch. The walk is easy to follow, being mostly along tracks.
Cwmsymlog is a very ancient mine. It was worked in the mid 18th century and was described by Lewis Morris as ‘the richest in Lead and Silver of any of his Majesty’s Dominions’ (Bick 1988, 19). From the 1620s, under Sir Hugh Myddelton, the mine and community developed, and a chapel was built to serve the mineworkers.
A Cornish engine was installed in 1840, but by then the reserves were virtually exhausted, and the mine closed soon after. It was, however, reopened in 1850 as East Darren Mine and worked successfully until 1882. Subsequently several attempts were made to reopen workings, but mining finally ceased in 1901. Estate maps show the mine workings at Cwmsymlog with a scattering of dispersed cottages, each with an enclosed small field or garden.
The valley sides are shown as unenclosed moorland. The settlement went into decline in the 20th century, and cottages and houses were abandoned.
There has been a recent revival of fortunes, with houses having been renovated and new ones constructed. The ventilation chimney stack has been reconstructed and in part preserved which sits there proudly today.
Walking with Clive - February 2017
Plodders, there is no organised walk in February or March, but Ken Searson will be leading the Diocesan Walk on 18th March on a Barmouth circular, which you are all welcome to join
They will be going on the 8.50am Train from Machynlleth to Barmouth walking along the Barmouth bridge to Morfa Mawdach and the across to the coast and to take the ferry back to Barmouth to catch the train at 14.55 back to Machynlleth. Normal service will be resumed for April walk.
Our hardy but depleted group for the January walk, which started in Cricceth, then onto Llanustumdwy via the coastal path. We visited Lloyd George’s grave then returned via country roads back to Cricceth. The weather although forecast to be cold, wind and snow never materialised. Fortune favours the brave. We were rewarded with sunny spells, snowdrops and lambs, which are harbingers of Spring.
Walking with Clive - January 2017
Catching the 08:52 train to Cricceth we will walk part of the coastal path towards Pwllheli. Turning inland to Llanstumdwy we will have a chance to visit the Lloyd George Museum before continuing our walk past his memorial and returning to Cricceth via an alternative route. Please bring packed lunch. If time allows we will take refreshments in Cricceth before returning home.
Last month we joined Christian Aid Wales staff and supporters who successfully completed their 140-mile journey across Wales to help Light The Way for the millions of people fleeing conflict and violence, raising an amazing £20,000 so far.
The walkers reached their destination, the hamlet of Yr Aifft (Egypt) in Denbighshire, on Thursday 15th afternoon and were welcomed later that evening by the Right Revd Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph, for a special service at St Asaph Cathedral to mark the journey’s completion. (Picture below is of staff and Plodders at the start from CAT to Upper Corris)