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Cynwrig’s stone foot

October 22, 2022 0 Comments
Cynwrig’s stone foot

This week I finally managed to get to St Illtud’s Church in Llanelltyd, near Dolgellau, and see for myself the stone, just over three feet tall and chained up like a dog, that sits on a low plinth at the west end of the nave.  In the dim light it’s very difficult to make out […]

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A coast-to-coast walk

September 23, 2022 2 Comments
A coast-to-coast walk

I’m no Alfred Wainwright, and this is no marathon journey like the one he devised across northern England, but on 19 September I made up my own coast-to-coast walk. It’s worth sharing with you, since in its small way it’s a fine walk, and you won’t find it listed in guidebooks.  ‘Coast-to-coast’ is stretching the […]

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Hospital notes

August 19, 2022 4 Comments
Hospital notes

1 When I arrive, the ward is full.  I’m redirected to where the ophthalmology patients wait.  It’s a poor fit: my body part for attention is some way south of the eyes.  The surgeon comes, to tell me briefly what could go wrong.  A nurse tells me to undress, and leaves two items of hospital […]

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Mr Bebb’s dislike of the motor car

June 3, 2022 3 Comments
Mr Bebb’s dislike of the motor car

Not many people these days have heard of Ambrose Bebb.  Maybe some Welsh speakers, especially following Robin Chapman’s 1997 biography, but very few others.  His son Dewi Bebb, the rugby player, and his grandson Guto Bebb, the former MP, are probably much better known.  In the interwar period, though, Ambrose Bebb was known for his […]

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Lost

May 28, 2022 5 Comments
Lost

Evening runs aren’t really my thing these days.  Almost always I go out early in the morning.  But today’s different.  For one thing, this is my first run for several weeks, since aggravating an old Achilles tendon injury.  So my route, as well as my timing, is unorthodox: short and slow; no cliffs, no hills. […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 13: Llangurig to Rhyd-y-Benwch

May 13, 2022 3 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 13: Llangurig to Rhyd-y-Benwch

We’re back to four of us today.  We’ve arranged to meet Ch on the Wye bridge: he’s been staying in Clochfaen, a large house completed in 1915 by the Verney family, who invested large amounts of money into the economy and buildings of Llangurig in the late nineteenth century.  Earlier the village even had a […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 12: Rhayader to Llangurig

May 13, 2022 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 12: Rhayader to Llangurig

We gather at the town clock.  It looks at first sight as if it’s one of the family of Victorian town clocks at the centre of many mid-Wales towns, but the Rhayader example dates from 1924 and acts as a memorial to the dead of the First World War.  On each face are stone relief […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 11: Newbridge-on-Wye to Rhayader

May 13, 2022 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 11: Newbridge-on-Wye to Rhayader

Sun and warmth have returned.  We’re taxi’d back from Rhayader to Newbridge for a rather longer walk than yesterday’s.  We wait on the bridge, and immediately spot our first kite of the day.  As well as A we’re joined by a second guest, J.  The four of us start on a minor road below the […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 10: Builth Wells to Newbridge-on-Wye

May 12, 2022 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 10: Builth Wells to Newbridge-on-Wye

We’ve been given a short stretch today after yesterday’s labours.  The owner of the guest house waves us off.  We’re too late to see the otters, he says, but we might consider a dip in Plum Tree Pool, a few miles upriver.  Luckily I’ve left my swimming trunks behind. The sky has heavier clouds than […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 9: Boughrood to Builth Wells

May 11, 2022 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 9: Boughrood to Builth Wells

At breakfast we resume our conversation with another Two Women.  This time they’re trail riders (I detect a wince when I let slip the term ‘pony trekkers’).   We saw them twice yesterday, next to the river.  They’ve come from Hay, their borrowed horses are spending the night in a nearby field, and in the morning […]

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