Three days walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park
Niamh & Will from Dublin wanted to hill-walk in the Beacons so they got hold of Rob as their guide. He designed three varied walks to suit their needs and fitness.
Day 1 saw us out in the Black Mountains where a full day's walk included the Dragon's Back, the northern scarp of the Blacks, the Gwryne Fawr reservoir and Waun Fach, the highest point of the Black Mountains. The magnificent views stretched from Snowdonia to the Cotswolds, Shropshire to Somerset.
Day 2 was wet, very wet. Nevertheless another 13 mile walk was achieved but at a lower level. Following the Usk Valley Walk and Beacons Way, we made our way down the valley from Brynich lock, outside Brecon to Llangynidr lower lock. Lunch was taken at Talybont's White Hart Inn.
Our final day culminated in traversing the central Beacons from Brecon to Llanfrynach. Driving rain and low mist curtailed the walk but Pen Y Fan and Cribyn, two of the highest Beacons were climbed despite the weather.
Welsh Americans return to their homeland.
Marti and Beth, from Virginia, have traced their ancestors to Pembrokeshire and are commied members of the Welsh Heritage Week organisation for North Americans of Welsh heritage. Staying at the excellent Borderers Guest House, Brecon, they hired Rob for two day tours of the national park and suurounding area. Day 1 saw Marti & Beth tour Brecon, LLangorse lake, Llangynidr, Talybont-on-Usk and the Brecon Mountain Railway . Day 2 we travelled further down the Usk valley to Tretower Court, Crickhowell, Raglan castle and the maginificent Tintern abbey.
Hiraeth is a Welsh word describing the sense of one's longing to return to one's homeland. Marti & Beth certainly felt that call!
Rings and Stones - the Neolithic past
USAAF engineers Tara & Cynthia were in Hereford for a wedding when they wanted to see Stonehenge, Wiltshire. They were directed to Rob who has taken guests to see the stones before and has a deep interest in the prehistoric. The group walked the final mile and a half to Stonehenge and were able to experience the other-worldly senstion as the stones appear to rise out of the ground as they neared the site. The cursus and bronze age barrows were also visited en route. Not wishing to miss an opportunity to visit more sites, Rob returned home via Silbury Hill, Europe's largest man made hill and Avebury, an even larger neolithic site than the more famous Stonehenge.
Spaniards in the Black Mountain
Juan and Maria Luisa from Barcelona, took a whistle stop tour of Wales in July. They wanted to go for a walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park and had selected the White Hart Inn, Llandeilo as their base.
Rob designed a mid level walk that combined their interest in history, their desire to learn more of the myths and legends of Wales and the limitations of Juan's dodgy knees!
While Juan & Maria Luisa enjoyed their well deserved coffee, poor Rob went back to get the car!
Heart of Wales Line Trail July 4th
March 2019 saw the official opening of the Heart of Wales Line Trail which runs from Craven Arms, Shropshire down to Llanelli, Carmarthenshire or visa versa. Designed to encourage walkers to use the train and to explore some of the hidden gems of the Mid Wales countryside, the HOWLT is an exciting new development. Rob led a group of walkers on the Builth - Llanwrtyd section to keep an eye open for path blockages and difficulties. Thankfully there were none, except the excessive heat!