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!!!




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.

Clive Feb17


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)
Clive Jan 17


Walking with Clive - Dec 2016

There are more than 65 million refugees in our world today. In fear, they flee conflict, natural disasters and extreme poverty. In hope, they seek a safe place to call home.

This Christmas, Christian Aid Cymru will walk from Bethlehem in Carmarthenshire to Aifft (Egypt) in Denbighshire in solidarity with these people, our brothers and sisters.

It will be a sponsored walk, with donations going towards the work Christian Aid does to fight poverty generally, which includes vital work in supporting refugees in many parts of the world.

We invite you to join us on the walk - either for the whole journey or for specific legs - and help us draw attention to the world's refugee crisis and raise funds for Christian Aid's work.

Supporting this walk we shall be meeting by St Peters at 8:45 am (Saturday 10th December) traveling to CAT for a 9:00 am start. The walk itself will go via Corris, Aberllefenni and along the cycle track to the top of Talyllyn – and along to Tabor where people from Dolgellau will probably split and go down to town, the walk end’s in Brithdir.

We shall be walking to Corris with the group were we shall bid them farewell, we’ll then visit the Corris Craft Centre for refreshments, toilets, and maybe a bit of Christmas Shopping. . We shall then catch the bus back to CAT to pick up the cars and home.

The principle reason for this walk is to raise awareness of the plight of refugees all over the world and to raise money for the work of Christian Aid in helping to alleviate their suffering. You can help by sponsoring the walkers. Christian Aid envelopes will be available in St Peter’s Church

Please help in any way you can through your generosity and prayer.

St. Peter's Plodders August Walk

Afon Hengwm Uwchygarreg. (4 miles.)
Staturday 13th August.

A gentle walk never far from the Afon Hengwm (river of the valley), with it’s tumbling waterfalls and variety of woodland and riverside tracks. The route offers fine views of the surroundingmountains. Although you will ascend and descend about 550 feet, there are no steep sections.  We shall be leaving from St Peter’s Church at 09:30.  Please bring a packed lunch.


~~June and July update ~~

This walk should have taken place last month (July) but the weather decided to be spiteful and so it as cancelled. But never mind, we get a chance to do it this month hopefully!!

Our June walk took place midweek due to commitments with some members of the Plodders. Following the river Dysynni up the valley towards Bird Rock and returning via the back road to Bryncrug, the walk was blessed with fine warm weather for most of the walk although heavy showers were forecast. We did however have one shower, but were able to shelter whilst eating our packed  lunches.