November News

Check back here regularly to find out what's going on at Exploring Mid Wales.

29 / 30th November Forest of Dean and the lower Wye Valley

A short break in "the Forest" for us led to two great little walks under cloudless skies. The last of the autumn colours and lazy, flowing waters of the Wye being the highlights. We stayed at Lindors Country House Hotel and happy to recommend it!

25th November Beacons Way Part  9 Glyn Tawe - Llanddeusant

Today we crossed the Black Mountain, or Mynydd Ddu or Carmarthen Fans! What ever you choose to call these fine mountains in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park, they make for a fine day out. We walked from near Craig y Nos country park in the Swansea valley to the remote hamlet of Llanddeusant, the church of the two saints. Very strong easterly winds proved something of a challenge but it's a great area to explore.

Wild, wet and Welsh - Waterfalls!

23rd November. Rob explored the Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country today following the heavy rain of the past few days. If you'd like to join him exploring this fascinating area, do get in touch!

19th November Elan Valley 10 Mile Race

Rob competed in this year's race. The "EV10" is a road race starting from the lowest dam and circulating around the hill of Carn Gafallt, overlooking the Elan Valley visitor centre. It's pretty steep in places but 200-odd or 200 odd runners braved the cold for a great run out in the Mid Wales countryside. Coming in around 1 hour 28 minutes, he was pretty pleased with himself! For more information on the race click here. If you'd like to try running in the fantastic Mid Wales area, click here!

 

17th November - Mountain Biking on Aberedw Rocks

During a blustery day, Rob snatched an hour or two on the Aberedw Rocks common for a ride up, down and over this lovely land. Aberedw Rocks once sheltered Prince LLywellyn the Last as he sought to avoid English soldiers in 1282 in a cave. Today however no shelter was found as an icy shower caught Rob on the top and ended any chnace of taking more pictures!

November 11th - Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Development Company, working with Rural Concierge, has been designing a series of promotions and developments along the line that runs through Mid Wales from Swansea and Llanelli to Shrewsbury. We'll be working on minibus and coach tours linking with the trains to allow visitors to travel through this lovely area without the need to drive. Walks and cycle opportunities will also be developed. Exploring Mid Wales is offering bespoke private tours from stations on the Heart of Wales Line to get to areas that are normally inaccessible to all but the locals! Get in touch to find out more or click here for more information.

November 4th - Beacons Way Day 8 Blaen Llia - Craig y Nos

We continued our journey along the Beacons Way by tackling the remote western section of the Fforest Fawr. With diminishing light we abandoned our cycling plans and walked from Glyntawe in the upper Swansea Valley. Initially following the Beacons Way, the wrong way, we headed around Craig y Nos country park and up to Penwyllt, a former quarry. Here we came across the limestone belt and the labyrinthine Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system. We used an old railway, perfect for mountain biking to take us up onto Fan Gihyrich, one of the higher tops of the "Great Forest". This area has been scarred by a bulldozed track that was pushed through these hills in the late 80s. However, it does aid progress and we used the track to get to Bwlch y Duwynt below Fan Nedd, a local landmark hill. having climbed this we descended through horribly wet terrain down to Blaen Llia car park. It was gone 2pm before we hit Sarn Helen, the old Roman Road, and the Beacons Way. We followed our track across to bridge the river Neath and then set out across the limestone hills. The whole area forms part of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve. In fading light we crossed the watershed and descended to the Swansea valley. Fully dark by the time we reached the car, we had had a day to remember.

The light was so poor all day, there are no photographs to share!

2017 Year of Legends

The Welsh Government have confirmed that next year will be the "Year of Legends" when we will highlight the rich culture of myths and legends that we have in Wales. Come and join us in Mid Wales exploring tales and history as we look behind what we see today and uncover a little of what lurks beneath!

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