30th April Alone on Aberedw Hill
A morning's mountain bike alone on the beautiful Aberedw Hill, near Builth Wells. This area is superb for "proper mountain biking" i.e. riding up and down mountains, well, hills. The tracks are grassy and smooth, there's a huge variety of routes and 360 degree views stretching across Mid Wales. And if that isn't enough, the Seven Stars Inn, sits at the foot of the rides and lures you off the tops!
29th April An historical tour from Gliffaes. Celebrating his 65th birthday, Arthur and his wife Heather, guests at Gliffaes, took a tour of prehistorical and historical sites around the southern Black Mountains. From a monolith and chambered tomb, through a hillfort, holy well, celtic church and Norman castle, not forgetting Wales' oldest pub, we had a great day out in the Spring sunshine. The bluebells were magnificent!
19th - 23rd April Springtime in Pembrokeshire
Not strictly MID Wales but we took a break in West Wales this week by staying in a cottage close to the historic town of Pembroke. I've posted some pictures to show you this beautiful county.
Laugharne, Carmarthenshire; a beautiful little town on the Taf estuary
Paddling on the Daugleddau. The "Two Cleddaus" ria is a fantastic place for a gentle paddle. The bird life is stunning, there are no power boats and many of the banks are well wooded. We had a fantastic time from Lawrenny upstream to Black Tar and then returning to Lawrenny before heading up the Cresswell River to Cresswell Quay and its atmospheric Cresselly Arms which is a real traditional drinks-only quayside pub. Timing is everything here - up with the tide, drink on the turning and let the ebbing tide pull you home!
Amroth lies at the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path - 168 miles around some of the best coastline in Britain to St Dogmael's near Cardigan.
The Carew River is a branch of the stunningly beautiful Daugleddau estuary. At low tide there are extensive mudflats, providing rich pickings for wading birds such sandpiper, oyster catcher, curlew and heron. This evening the tide rose as the sun set.
The Angle peninsula is at the western end of the South Pembs peninsula and is one of the remotest and least walked sections of the coast path.
Brunel Way is a fantastic cycle route which we used as a traffic free, 9 mile run. It runs from the banks of Milford Haven at Neyland along the route of Brunel's South Wales Railway up to Johnston. Initially it runs alongside the marina and Westfield Pill, an inlet of the haven. The route then clims gradually up past Rosemarket to the village of Johnston. It actually continues another 4 miles to Haverfordwest. "If this was Cornwall, this would be packed" was our view. Bike hire costs just £10 a day! For walk, ride or run, Brunel Way offers a tarmac, traffic-free safe and charming route.
Broad Haven (South), St Govan's Head and The Green Bridge of Wales - a fantastic coastal walk on limestone with great cliff scenery, seabirds aplenty and aquamarine seas - Wales at its best!
12th April - Mountain biking around Aberedw
Taking advantage of some lovely Spring weather we cycled on beautiful lanes up the Edw valley, following the babbling brook through countryside alive with birdsong. Red Kite, curlew, chaffinch, blue tit and dippers were among the host. Then it was painfully up onto the wide open common land of Llandeilo Hill. Next it was off road along ancient bridleways and modern ruts to return to the Wye Valley down the sweeping and exciting tracks of Aberedw Rocks. This would have to count as a "Strenuous on and off road cycle route. If you fancy a guided cycle on the myriad of Mid Wales' potential routes, click here.
12th April - Morning sunshine on the River Wye
Following a day of rain yesterday, the River Wye is lively as it flows around the Horseshoe Bend at Boughrood. The birdsong was a cacophony as territories are established and mates sought.
10th April - Herefordshire Duathlon
4.6 mile run, 17 mile cycle, 2.2.mile run. Ouch - cramp hurts! (2 hours-ish)
9th April - The Highest Hill in Wales (Mynydd Troed - 1997')
If you were expecting Snowdon to claim this title, I should explain that traditionally peaks over 2,000 feet in England and Wales are classified as mountains so the Black Mountains' Mynydd Troed can claim to be the highest hill in Wales! This was a brief walk up from the little known valley of Cwm Sorgwm. Troed is a lovely hill with steep slopes and great views. Today we had hail and sleet showers heading across from the Brecon Beacons. If you fancy a walk in the Blacks - do get in touch!
5th April - Peaceful Places
Peaceful Places is a heritage trail of churches and chapels across North Ceredigion. 17 places of worship, steeped in history, culture and natural beauty have linked together to welcome visitors. Together they can offering sanctuary, oases of calm, islands of peace in an ever more frenetic world. Click here to find out more. We will be offering driven, walking and cycle tours to some of these peaceful places. If you would like to find out more about our spiritual tours, please click here.
5th April - Epic Epynt
Mynydd Epynt or the Eppynt Ranges as they are known locally make for fantastic driving and far-reaching views. Today I just happened to be passing between Brecon and Builth Wells but if you'd like to find out more about the fascinating stories of this forgotten land, of what a Balkan village is doing on a Welsh mountainside then book a tour - click here.
Exploring Mid Wales is GO!
Officially we start business today so if you'd like to get out there and discover Mid Wales, the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons National Park or Herefordshire, give us a call!