June News

PRIME Cymru Business Awards 2016 finalists announced by Prince’s charity PRIME Cymru, the Prince of Wales’s charity that supports people over the age of 50 to start their own business or find employment, today announced the finalists of the 2016 PRIME Cymru Awards. 

The Awards ceremony will be hosted by Lucy Owen (BBC Wales) with the winning Awards presented by HRH the Prince of Wales in Brangwyn Hall, Swansea on July 4th.

PRIME Cymru is the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise in Wales and is the only Prince’s charity that supports people over the age of 50 to start their own business or to find employment. 

A brand new category Positive about Age Employer Award has been added this year to recognise best practice among major business in Wales in managing an age diverse workforce.

 “After the success of our inaugural awards last year, we are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2016 PRIME Cymru Business Awards.   We are excited about the new category, Positive about Age Employer of the Year, which we hope will recognise the excellent practices of major companies that employ the over 50s, and who reap the benefits of doing so.  I wish all the finalists the best of luck,” said David Pugh, Chief Executive, PRIME Cymru.   

Exploring Mid Wales has been nominated for the Green Business Award 2016.

22nd June - Brecon Beacons - The Cwm Llwch Horseshoe

Today I had the pleasure of the company of Sally, from New Zealand. She wanted to climb Pen y Fan, while staying in Brecon, but was unsure how to get the best out of her day. Rather than the standard route up from the main road, we tackled the north ridge and made the circle of Cwm Llwch. The weather could have been kinder but we had a great day. If you'd like a guide in the mountains, get in touch!

20th June - Beacons Way part 1 - The Holy Mountain to The Priory

aka Skirrid to Llanthony! Our summer quest has begun with an eight day walk across the Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk devised by the Brecon Beacons Park Society strectches 95 miles from The Holy Mountain (Skirrid) to Bethlehem in the Tywi valley. For further information about our guided walks along the Beacons Way, click here

Following our enjoyment of the Usk Valley Walk last autumn and winter, we have decided to start out on a new challenge. Today we started from the new National Trust carpark at 1pm we climbed the spectacular outlier and enjoyed wonderful views over Abergavenny, the Black Mountains, Herefordshire and even as far as Shropshire and the Cotswold hills. The route drops down to Llanfihangel Crucorney with a handy village shop AND the oldest pub in Wales! A humid climb up Hatteral Hill ensued but the views were stunning. By the time we reached the 1700' summit we were also walking along the Offa's Dyke national trail and the England - Wales border. Tired legs appreciated the gentle incline of the "beer road", designed to carry the Augustine monks with their essential supplies! This track took us down into the gorgeous Vale of Ewyas and Llanthony Priory, our journey's end, for this day, at least.

Llanthony is a sublime spot - in the sixth century a monastic cell was established by St David and in the twelfth century William de Lacy established an Augustine Priory that blossomed until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. If you have an interest in things spiritual, you may want to check out our spiritual tours that look at the deep Christian heritage of this valley.

17th June - Prime Cymru Green Business Award nominee

Exploring Mid Wales has been nominated for a Green Business Award by Prime Cymru, a branch of the Prince's Trust. The organisation promotes and supports new business ventures by the over 50's in Wales and has been supporting us with the fantastic mentor scheme. Today we had a filming session up at the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre in preparation for the awawrds ceremony in Swansea next month. Watch this space!

8th June - Breconshire Day Tour

Today our guests were Alison & Richard, Terri & Ted from the Rotary Club of Beckenham, Kent. They've had fantastic weather during their week at the Nythfa HF hotel in Brecon and today was another hot one! We took a wide semi-circle north, east and south of Brecon to experience a wonderful contrast of countryside and to discover a range of "hidden gems". When we set up the business, we did so determined that visitors to the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales could make their time more enjoyable and memorable if they could be guided to some of the fantastic scenic and historical delights that are scattered across this area. 

Wild common lands, the sylvan Wye valley, tumbling rapids, a mountain pond, a glacial lake, a mountain pass, a crannog, the laconic Mon & Brec Canal, the lush Vale of Usk combined with a luxury morning coffee stop at the former home of Laura Ashley, an art gallery, a cozy cafe and a pefect little market town, made for quite a day! A great time was had by all, including the guide!

6th June - Wild swimming in the Wye

Can there be a better river to cool off after a strenuous day in the hills? We know plenty of good pools on the Wye and with temperatures now hitting the mid twenties (hot for Wales!) and no significant rain for over a month (a greater rarity), we will happily point you in the right direction.

6th June - Cycling Sarn Helen

Sarn Helen is the name given to the Roman Road that ran from Cicucium (Brecon) to Nidum (Neath). It crosses the FForest Fawr close to the Bronze Age megalith, Maen LLia. Much of it happens to be accessible on mountain bike and today I cycled from Mynydd Illtud, overlooking Brecon, up over the hills to near the "Waterfall Country" village of Ystradfellte, returning on the tarmac down the delightfully remote valley of the Senni.

2nd June - Who said "It always rains in Wales?" Cader Idris in Flaming June.

Today we did a 13 mile, 4,000 foot climb of Cader Idris, arguably the finest mountain in Mid Wales and at 2,927 foot, its second highest. The summit was busy but making our circuit from the west, from the hamlet of LLanfihangel ym Pennant, we saw few people all day. But the sun shone relentlessly and this on a day when eastern Britain was shrowded in cloud and chill and France was flooding!

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