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!!!
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.
Darowen (5 miles apporox) Saturday 10th May.
Meeting outside St Peter’s church at 09:30 hrs we shall be driving to Darowen where we shall park and commence our circular walk following the steams of Cegir and Gwydol with stunning views over the Dyfi valley. Lifts are available and a packed lunch is required.
Our April walk (photo below) was once again rewarded with dry weather in and around Mynydd Rhyd-galed above Pennal. Even though most of the walk was on Forestry Commision roads, the surrounding trees didn’t obscure the views.
As I,ve mentioned before, the walk is not all about the views but the people you meet. One member said “ they could’nt remember much of the walk as they where talking so much” !!!
Hidden Valley Pennal (5.0 miles)Saturday 12th April.
Meeting outside St Peter’s at 09:30 hrs, we shall be proceeding to Pennal and park by the Public toilets just across from the church. From there we shall follow the Welsh Coastal path towards Machynlleth for a short while, before veering off and take to the forestry roads. Upon our return we shall drive back to Machynlleth for refreshments.
Slowly but surely our merry band of walker’s is expanding. Which, from the point of view of someone who arranging's the walks, is very pleasing. As you can see from the picture we had “wall to wall” smiles, not forced for the camera I assure you for our March walk. That was purely down to the weather, the scenery, the company and the promise of Maengwyn cafe at the end of a perfect walk. Why don’t you join us? We do live in one of the nicest places on God’s earth.
The Rhiwlwyfan Loop. (4.5 miles)
Saturday 8th February.
Meeting at St Peter’s Church at 9:30 am the walk will proceed up Maengwyn St and on towards Forge, bearing right in Forge onto the Uwchygarreg road. In about half a mile we again bear right onto a forestry track which climbs steadily up to Rhiwlwyfan farm. From here there are many excellent views of the valleys below. The first valley is Dyffryn Dulas, which leads towards Aberhosan with Montgomeryshire’s highest mountain - Foel Fadian - in the background. The next valley is Cwm Ceniarth with its varied farmland and woods. The walk from now on is a gentle incline down the tarmac road exiting on the mail road just south of Forge and back to town. We shall be going for refreshments on our return, so sandwiches are optional.
Our January walk was for once, favoured with good weather. With our biggest group to date (13) the walk proceeded along part of the Welsh Coastal Path before returning to Dolgellau and up onto the western flank of the Cergennin Lakes. The views down to Dolgellau itself and across to the Mawddach Estuary were made all the better by the winter sun. The pictures below show evidence of the rainfall in this area with the fast flowing waterfall. Once again in the picture at the bottom we seem to have gained an extra member of the group, either that or Jocelyn has decided to carry a horse’s head with her on the walk!! I’m going have to watch our walker’s carefully from now on, as I’m not sure if one of them is arranging for this horse to appear on our walks. (see previous walk pictures)