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 Christmas Meal
The Plodder’s held their Annual Christmas dinner at the Plas Machynlleth on Thursday 11th December, and once again the staff at the Plas came up trumps.
The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, even though the weather tried it’s best to ruin it. If my memory serves me right we had similar weather for last years dinner, must try harder next year!!!
The evening was a culmination of a wonderful year of walking with views and memories that will stay with us forever. The walks made even better with the company of folks who appreciate what our wondrous countryside has to offer.
Here’s looking forward to more in 2015, to those of you who have enjoyed the walks, thank you. To those of you who are thinking of joining the Plodder’s, all I can say is, you don’t know what your missing, please come.
With on eye on the weather, I shall let you know when the walks will commence in 2015.
December & January Walks
With Christmas and the New Year approaching and the inclement weather this time of year, we have reluctantly decided to cancel walks in December and January.
Whilst out walking recently myself, I find the paths and byways treacherous with leaves, mud and water and would hate to lose one of our dedicated Plodders!!!
The November walk was in and around the Ganllwyd/Coed y Brenin area ably led by Ken Searson. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Ken and Margaret for looking after the Plodders as I was unavoidably absent.
The walk is one that had been undertaken by the Diocean walkers not that long ago, again led by Ken. I was able to join them that day and know full well that the Plodders will have enjoyed the surrounding area, especially this time of year with the Autumn colours.
I am reliably informed that no “Gold Nuggets” were found in and around the old Gold Mines for the Church Fund although my wife came home with her rucksack looking decidedly heavy and a big smile.
Coed Y Brenin & the Afon Mawddach. (4.5 miles)
8th November 2014
A fairly flat walk through mixed woodland in a beautiful deep narrow valley seldom far from the sound of the Afon Mawddach. We will be passing the impressive falls of “Pistyll Cain” in its deep gorge , get a chance to see one of the area’s principle former gold mines. Gold was first discovered in 1864. Any nuggets found will go towards the church fund!!!!! Meeting at 09:30 hrs by St Peters , packed lunch required. Could those who intend going with their cars please offer lifts.
Our October walk along part of the Ystwyth Trail and returning via the coastal path into Aberystwyth harbour was made even more enjoyable with dry warm sunny weather. We even managed to have our lunch sitting near the beach, it took all my skills of leadership to stop them making sand castles !!!! We now have a strong core of walkers each month, and the feeling of camaraderie and friendship make it even more enjoyable.
Ystwth Trail, Aberystwyth (4.5 miles) Sat 11th Oct
Leaving Machynlleth at 09:00 hrs from St Peter’s Church. We shall be parking near the harbour in Aberystwyth, we shall be then following the Ystwyth Trail towards Tregaron veering off after a couple of miles passing Plas Tanybwlch and returning to Aberystwyth via the coastal path. Packed lunches (optional) but food is available at end of walk.
Our September walk was in and around Cwm Hengae, Aberlefeni. With mixed terrain the walk was enhanced with the start of the Autumn colours. Evidence of our glorious weather this summer was everywhere, with blackberries, damson, sloe and hazel nuts at every turn. Finished off with tea and coffee at Corris Craft Centre. All though, some succumbed to the cooking there!!!!
Cwm Hengae, Aberllefenni (4 miles) Sat 13th Sept.
Meeting at St Peter’s Church 09:30 hrs then proceeding to Aberllefenni. Parking will be at Foel Friog Forestry Car Park. The walk then continues through the village and up the Hengae valley via tarmac road then returns the opposite side of the valley through woodland and Slate Quarry. This whole area been steeped in history.
Once again our August walk was well attended and enjoyed by all. Surprisingly, even though we where up in the hills of Staylittle the walk was comparitively flat. We followed Glyndwr’s Way past Glaslyn lake then, skirting many of the old Lead Mines scattered about the area, we returned via mountain road near the Star Inn. It’s ironic that both this months walk and last months pass mining of different kinds, but both playing an important part in the past.