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!!!
Cwm Ralltcoed Walk. (5.2 miles) Sat 11th April.
We will be leaving from St Peter’s Church at 09:30 hrs and driving to the Natural Resources Wales car park on right just before Aberlleffenni. Passing the reservoir known as “Llyn Owain Lawcogh” which supplied water to power the slate mine. We’ll pass quarry houses for the quarrymen and Plas Ralltgoed once owned by the quarry owner Horatio Nelson Hughes. There is also a quaker house said to be the oldest in Meirionnedd. Lunch or packed sandwiches in Corris Craft Centre afterwards .
The March walk was a very gusty affair and braved nobly by the lady members of the Plodders. Walking the coastal path from Harlech to Llanbedr, we were always going to be facing the westerly wind and walking the 1.5 miles of Harlech beach proved to be the case. In deed at one time, I thoght a couple of them were going to take off, but once we moved in land a little we were rewarded with the most spectacular scenary both seaward and towards the mountains. As our numbers were few it is a walk I would like to take the plodders on again maybe in the Summer.
Harlech to Llanbedr Coastal Path (5 miles) Sat 7th March 2015
Leaving Machynlleth Rail Station at 8:57am arriving at Harlech 10:25 am, then with the Snowdonia National Park providing a mighty natural backdrop, we will commence this great walk, which includes an estuary and a long sandy beach. Starting from Harlech this breathtaking stretch of coast is part of an extensive sand dune system that sweeps from the Mawddach estuary along the shore of Cardigan Bay north to Morfa Bychan (National Nature Reserve )
Standing at the waterline, the pale sands hug the shore before giving way to the spectacular sand dunes system. The backdrop is provided by the mountains of Snowdonia and of course Harlech Castle., A another of Edward 1's mighty fortifications. Seemingly impregnable it was taken in 1404 after a long siege by Owain Glyndwr who lived there until 1408, when it was retaken by the English. It was again used as a stronghold during the Wars of the Roses.
The castle fell into disrepair until it was again besieged in the Civil wars and was surrendered in 1647 as the last Royalist stronghold in Britain.
The train leaves Llanbedr at 14:36 pm arriving in Machynlleth at 15:54. This allows plenty of time to enjoy the walk and stop to eat our packed lunch (sorry folks, no hostelries along the way).
We kicked off this years Plodders walking with a gentle 4 miles walk in and around the villages of Pennal and Cwrt which took in part of the Discover Ddyfi walks and part of the Welsh Coastal Path. The sun shone , which highlighted how grand this part of Wales is even in the depths of Winter, and finished the walk off at Plas Talgarth with lunch in the Stable Bar.
For those interested the Discover Ddyfi Walking pamphlets they are available from Reception in the Plas building.
Cwrt Circular (4.75 miles) Saturday 7th February.
Hopefully the weather will be kind enough to commence our St Peters Plodders 2015 walks. We have kept it local just in case, leaving from St Peters at 09:30 hrs (lifts available). Parking will be at the Cwrt Village Car Park (SH688000) the terrain is Tarmac road, firm tracks, fields and woodland. Providing one of the local hostelries is open (Plas Talgarth or Riverside) refeshments will be available at end of walk. Please bring a packed lunch in case, I’m sure it won’t go to waste. Looking forward to seeing you all.
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.