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Wye Valley Walk, day 4: Ross-on Wye to Fownhope

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 4: Ross-on Wye to Fownhope

Another fine day, that starts with cloud and opens up later to sun and breeze.  No shops or pubs on today’s route, so we buy our vegan sausage rolls in Greggs and make our way down to the river, alongside a group of kayakers.  Looking back from the river plain Ross stands handsome on its […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 3: Symonds Yat to Ross-on Wye

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 3: Symonds Yat to Ross-on Wye

I’m awake before 4:30 this morning, after a nightmare in which I’m on the run from armed police and have to hide in the branches of a tree.  The meaning’s obscure, but the presence of trees is easy enough to explain.  So far the Wye Valley Walk has spent most of its time surrounded by […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 2: Llandogo to Symonds Yat

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 2: Llandogo to Symonds Yat

This morning’s taxi back from Tintern to Cleddon has a punctured tyre, so Kate of Celtic Trails, luckily based in Tintern, is our chauffeur back up the frighteningly steep and narrow lane.  As we pass through Llandogo we spot the two elderly backpackers we saw yesterday, the Couple from Chepstow.  At Cleddon our old friend […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 1: Chepstow to Llandogo

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 1: Chepstow to Llandogo

It’s a gloomy Tuesday morning in September – leaves are already on the pavements – and four of us have gathered for the group photo in the Castle car park in Chepstow before making a start on the first half of the Wye Valley Walk.  C and CE are veterans of our first walk from […]

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Father Toban, the greatest scholar in the world

July 30, 2021 0 Comments
Father Toban, the greatest scholar in the world

It’s late summer, 1854.  George Borrow, walking around Wales, has arrived at Holyhead.  He stays overnight at the ‘Railway Hotel’ – reluctantly, because he detests railroads and never takes a train if he can do the same journey on foot.  In the morning he explores the town and then finds himself on the breakwater at […]

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Cwm Cadlan

June 25, 2021 0 Comments
Cwm Cadlan

At the centre of Penderyn is the Lamb Inn, with its blue plaque commemorating ‘Lewsyn yr Heliwr’, one of the leaders of the 1831 Merthyr Rising.  Almost opposite, there’s an ancient signpost labelled ‘Cwm Cadlan, Brecon County’.  It points to a lane off to the east.  After climbing gently for four or five miles across […]

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Field

February 5, 2021 0 Comments
Field

The simplest way to get there is from the top of the road that climbs up from the bay.  Turning left at the signpost, you walk along a broad path.  At one point it’s ankle-deep in mud, like most Gower footpaths in this damp and Covid-walker winter.  Suddenly the path opens out into a field.   […]

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Thomas Traherne goes walking

November 7, 2020 0 Comments
Thomas Traherne goes walking

Today Thomas Traherne is counted alongside George Herbert and Henry Vaughan as one of the great ‘metaphysical’ poets of the seventeenth century.  All three, interestingly, were men of Welsh and Welsh Borders origin.  Herbert was born in Montgomery, Vaughan came from Llansantffraed near Talybont-on-Usk and returned there to live, and Traherne was probably born in […]

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Cwm Amarch

September 18, 2020 2 Comments
Cwm Amarch

There are places in Wales – places no one would call remote – that few people, even those living here, have visited, or even knew existed.  Cwm Amarch, it would be safe to say, is one of them. I got to Minffordd early enough – before ten o’clock.  Normally, on a Monday in mid-September, you’d […]

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John ‘Walking’ Stewart, an extreme pedestrian

July 10, 2020 0 Comments
John ‘Walking’ Stewart, an extreme pedestrian

In his time Foster Powell was known for mighty feats of pedestrianism.  But his achievements pale in comparison with those of a rather younger contemporary, John ‘Walking’ Stewart (1747-1822).  While Powell’s stage was mainly limited to England and Scotland, Stewart walked over large parts of the globe.  As well as his wanderings he was known […]

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