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!!!
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.
Glaslyn Lake Dylife (5 miles) Saturday 9th August.
Meeting at St Peter’s Church 09:30 hrs we shall then proceed on the mountain road to Llanidloes. Parking just off the road at the turning to Glaslyn lake. The walk is fairly flat and weather permitting will take in some of the best views in the area. Packed lunch required.
Our July walk was a little more exacting than our usuall sorties, but the rewards was well worth it. Looking out over the whole expance of Cardigan Bay was a sight to behold. It’s an old adage in walking circles, that the decent can be as tiring as the ascent, and this was certainly the case with this walk. Apolpgies to those who thought we where in the Himalayas. No pain no gain!!!!!
Hills above Aberdyfi (4.5 miles) Saturday 5th July.
Meeting at St Peter’s Church at 09:30 hrs then driving to the Car Park opposite the cemetary 1 mile out of Aberdyfi on the Towyn road. We shall then walk up past the cemetary (lifts up to the top for those requiring) the path from there continues inland towards Bearded Lake veering right back towards aberdyfi exiting by the Outward Bound. From there along the shore & beach eventually crossing the Golf Course and back to the car. (Packed lunch required)
Walking can be quite subjective, but I think the June walk in and around Fairbourne & Barmouth was the best to date. The weather was glorious, we traveled by train, boat and feet, and on a day like that the views could not be bettered anywhere in the world.
Nobody fell in the water or off the mountain and once again the company was excellent. My lips are sealed as to who succumbed to temptation and had chips.
Trains & Boats & Plains (4.5 miles) Sat 14th June.
Catching the 08:57 train from Machynlleth to Morfa Mawddach we shall then walk the coastal path to the Fairbourne Ferry crossing to Barmouth.
On arrival in Barmouth we shall then walk up behind the church to take in the views over the Mawddach Estuary, returning to Morfa Mawddach via the Barmouth bridge.
The train back to Machynlleth is at 14:59 giving us plenty of time to enjoy the area. Sandwiches are of your own choice but there are plenty of Chip Shops in Barmouth!!!!!
The April walk was accompanied once again with warm, dry and sunny weather. Hats and suntan lotion where the order of the day. The views behind are looking up to Dylife and beyond and we nearly got to see a wedding in Darowen.