Tag: walking

Up the Ely river

March 29, 2019 0 Comments
Up the Ely river

Where we start happens to be in south Cardiff, but could be anywhere in the world in 2019.  Apartments are stacked in Duplo’d piles, each block with a ‘concierge’ and a primary colour.  Sheds, with metal roofs shaped in shallow arcs, are home to companies that shelter behind opaque titles, usually including the word ‘global’.  […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 13: Swansea to Mumbles

September 10, 2018 5 Comments
Wales Coast Path, day 13: Swansea to Mumbles

This may be Day 13 in the geographical series, but chronologically it’s number 95 – Sunday 9 September 2018, and the very last stage of our Wales Coast Path journey.  We‘ve left our ‘home stretch’, one of the flattest in the whole course of the Path, till last.   It’s a route – along the track […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 79: Church Bay from Valley

July 28, 2018 0 Comments
Wales Coast Path, day 79: Church Bay from Valley

Just the two of us today, to finish our circuit of Anglesey.  We get up early, plant one car at Church Bay and drive the other to Valley.  No cloud and drizzle this morning, just a balmy breeze and powerful sunshine.  For once I can’t avoid wearing my socially disastrous reversible sun hat.  There’s no […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 78: Cemaes from Church Bay

July 28, 2018 0 Comments
Wales Coast Path, day 78: Cemaes from Church Bay

The driver of the Lewis-y-Llan 62 bus to Holyhead needs nerves of steel.  She takes the three of us at a good pace on the main road from Cemaes as far as Llanrhuddiad, and then turns off to Rhyd-wyn, down a long single track road with no passing places.  Meeting another vehicle would be difficult.  […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 77: Porth Amlwch to Cemaes

July 28, 2018 0 Comments
Wales Coast Path, day 77: Porth Amlwch to Cemaes

Have we made a mistake?  After a month of the driest, hottest weather since the summer of 1976, C and I chosen today to start our final, three-day campaign of the Wales Coast Path, from Porth Amlwch to Valley, on a less than tropical day.  It’s dark, drizzly and clouds are so low that Cadair […]

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To Soweto by way of the Plough & Harrow

June 17, 2018 1 Comment
To Soweto by way of the Plough & Harrow

Of all the Great Causes we pursued back in our days of hope in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was only one that came to an unambiguously good end: the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.  Wales was blessed with one of the most active Anti-Apartheid Movement organisations anywhere, and the cause united […]

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The sore feet of Ursula Martin

June 11, 2018 2 Comments
The sore feet of Ursula Martin

When I first heard about what Ursula Martin had done I found it hard to believe.  Over a period of seventeen months she set out to walk 3,300 miles around Wales – in the end she walked 3,700 – including all the recognized long distance paths and other, river-long walks, she devised herself.  Now she’s […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 86: Newborough to Brynsiencyn

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Wales Coast Path, day 86: Newborough to Brynsiencyn

It’s our last day, and a chance to fill a missing link, between Newborough and Brynsiencyn, the furthest point west we managed last year.  We leave the car in the Llyn Rhos Ddu car park south of Newborough.  In its centre is a metal sculpture by Ann Catrin Evans of several ‘gafrod’ or bunches of […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 81: Trearddur Bay to Four Mile Bridge

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Wales Coast Path, day 81: Trearddur Bay to Four Mile Bridge

After Holy Island north, today three of us are tackling Holy Island south – a much shorter and less strenuous trek.  It’s a cooler and cloudier day.  We start from Trearddur Bay.  Just as it took half an hour to get into Trearddur from the north, it takes half an hour to leave it walking […]

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Wales Coast Path, day 80: Valley to Trearddur Bay

May 30, 2018 3 Comments
Wales Coast Path, day 80: Valley to Trearddur Bay

Just the two of us today.  Valley to Trearddur Bay direct is no more than three miles.  Valley to Trearddur Bay via Holyhead Mountain, taking in a circuit of the northern half of Holy Island, is sixteen miles, and that’s our route.  We’re lucky to have a day of continuous sun, from start to finish. […]

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