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Sunday, 10th June
On Sunday 10th June, Frances Probert led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a twelve mile circular walk in the Tregaron area.   The walk involved a good mix of open country and hillside side forestry tracks and farmland all capped with good views in good visibility. The flower of the day seemed to be the buttercup that lined the lanes. The weather forecast for the day was warm and sunny with the possibility of an isolated shower. The temperature reached a steamy twenty degrees at midday.

The walk started from car park just behind the Talbot Hotel from where they walked out of town for about a quarter of a mile along the mountain road that goes across the Cambrian Mountains to Llyn Brianne.  At a white bungalow called Llygad-y-rhiw they turned off this road into a dead-end road and crossed a bridge over the river Berwyn, continuing on into the driveway of Brynhownant. They passed through the farmyard to emerge onto a grassy track into a field as they slowly ascended Esgair Fedwen for about a mile before passing through a rusty gate to reach open access land.  They followed tracks over boggy ground and continued ahead, following the line of a greasy, stony, stream until they were level with the farm ruins of Bryn Coch.  At this landmark they turned towards a clear green path leading diagonally uphill passing another landmark - a small clump of trees surrounding a ruined barn, then followed a sheep track as they contoured around the hillside below Craig Pantshiri. They then turned to follow the line of an ancient roadway running just above a fence and an old dry stonewall and followed the track as it descended gently around the hillside, stopping on the bank for lunch as a very convenient cloud blocked out the baking hot sun for half an hour.
 
In the afternoon they crossed the Afon Berwyn and left the open land to reach the mountain road. Once on the road they climbed steeply for about a mile to reach the Forestry Commission carpark and took the permissive path along the forestry road to an official viewing point in the Cwm Cerwyn Forestry plantation with a view down the valley towards Tregaron.  The group continued along the main forestry track for about a mile and a half then left the main track for a minor one, following it right to the end where it became a stony surface, and then rough boggy grass, and followed it to the edge of the forestry out onto the open moorland to ascend rough ground to the trig point of Garn Fawr, the highest point of the day at 1,549 feet, where they stopped to take in the panoramic views, with Tregaron in the valley below them.  Knowing that they had to descend the hillside they had to make the decision as to the best way to cross the open land, avoiding the marshy areas to reach the end of forestry and a gateway. This gave access to a wide boggy track downhill that they followed for about a quarter mile towards Pant-glas to reach a bridleway, and followed it across a stream to reach a road just beyond Gwndwn Melyn and then a dirt track to Cwm Gors. Taking a bridleway to reach a tarmac track, they crossed a cattle grid to meet the road near the fire station, then followed the road the last few hundred yards into town where they stopped at the Talbot Hotel for some refreshments and a debriefing.
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We set out from Tregaron and paused for a photo at this viewpoint.This little ridge was a great spot for a morning coffee break.
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For much of the day we enjoyed wonderful views under sunny skies.We passed through beautiful open countryside on today's walk.
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As we followed the River Berwyn upstream, the valley narrowed.We met a few sheep here and there along our route.
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Some of the stiles we crossed were good, others were challenging.Our afternoon break was at this trig point with more extensive views.
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Saturday, 2nd June
On Saturday 2nd June, Bob Millington led a group of twenty Carmarthen Ramblers on a six mile walk in the Llanboidy area. The weather was fine and sunny, although much of the route was along shady lanes and footpaths, and temperatures were in the low twenties.  The walk started from the car park from where they passed the market hall and fountain.  Then the route led downhill past the social club to cross the valley before ascending a green lane to reach a minor road. Having turned left, the walk continued downhill to bear right at Hafod Hill Pottery to join the Landsker Trail, which runs adjacent to the river Gronw (an old drovers lane) through woodland for about half a mile to reach a ford in the river at Felin Isaf. Here they left the Landsker Trail that turned sharply uphill, but they stayed in the valley for a further half-mile to reach the former woollen mill and workers cottages of Cwm factory.  Here the group crossed a footbridge over the Gronw and climbed a fairly steep ascent up a path - more like a stream than a path - to reach an open field leading onto a farm lane and the main Llanboidy to Llangynin road. They turned southwards along a minor country road and soon met the road that leads towards Whitland and they stopped at its junction with Cilherwydd farm for lunch.  

In the afternoon the route comprised mainly easy road walking for about two and a half miles, as they now turned northwards and briefly retraced their steps as they walked towards Myrtle Hill.  At Groes-ffordd they crossed the main St Clears/Llanboidy road and continued along the road for another mile to reach Clyngwynne Farm at Myrtle Hill, then forked left to pass Clyngwynne House on a minor road turning to a north-westerly direction.  Just after Waun Fawr they forked right onto the Cwmfelin Mynach road past Ddol where they crossed the Afon Gronw again and shortly afterwards - opposite the disused Parsonage Quarry - left the road and entered the field below parsonage. Their route contoured around a hillside following the line of the river and crossed a footbridge over a stream, crossing fields then passing a standing stone, to a footpath that passed alongside the mound of the ancient motte and bailey castle before crossing the road to the car park to complete the circuit.
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We walked uphill from Llanboidy on this shady tree-lined track.Then we went downhill on a quiet lane back into the river valley.
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At Cwm factory we left the river and climbed uphill on a stony path.Once out of the valley we crossed fields and paused for a group photo.
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Some of the country lanes we used were open with good views.Other lanes were lined with trees and wild flowers.
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Crossing open fields we headed back toward Llanboidy.As we approached the village we passed the Motte & Bailey remains.
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Sunday, 27th May
On Sunday 27th May, Cyril Phillips led the Carmarthen Ramblers on a nine and a half mile walk in the Wolfscastle and Sealyham area of North Pembrokeshire, even though weather forecasts had predicted thunder and lightening the day before. As it turned out, they had about half an hour of light rain, and from that point it turned out to be quite a pleasant day. There were masses of wild flowers along the route making stunning displays of brilliant colour.
The walk started from a car park near the Church at Sealyham Bridge that crosses the Afon Anghof – a tributary of the Western Cleddau. There was light rain falling as they set off briefly along a country road past the Activity Centre then onto a footpath that led into woodland where they were able to see the grand mansion of Sealyham.  The footpath ran in a southwesterly direction through the woodland following the valley of the Anghof for about a mile to reach the main road (A40) on the north side of Wolf’s Castle.  They followed the main road southwards through the village for about a quarter of a mile to find a picnic spot just off the road and near the bridge over the river – convenient for a coffee stop and a chance to take off the wet weather gear as the rain had blown over and a very pleasant warm sun was starting to shine through.  They passed under the A40 and followed a country road in a southeasterly direction for just over a mile, climbing steadily to the top of Little Treffgarne Mountain at a height of one hundred and ten metres.  Changing direction, they turned northwards through fields across the mountaintop, descending the hillside to meet a country road at Bill Cross. They now skirted around the foot of Little Treffgarne Mountain, passing through fields and Lammas House and Hayog to reach a country road at Glandwr where they sat on the parapet of Glandwr Bridge for lunch.

In the afternoon they continued northwards along bridleways where the path was absolutely smothered with bluebells, campion, wild parsnip and grass that appeared to be growing rapidly in the humid conditions between the hedgerows. On meeting a country road they turned right towards Turne Rocks where they stopped to view the Burial Chamber and the surrounding countryside with Treffgarne rock standing out quite clearly.  The group returned to the road for a two-mile loop that circled around the countryside taking in another path overwhelmed by wild flowers and a mile long section across fields, to pass the church and arrive back safely to the start.
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Early in the walk we went past Sealyham Mansion - now an activity centre.Many paths today were lined with masses of beautiful wild flowers.
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At this riverside park in Wolfscastle we paused for a coffee break.A gentle climb onto Little Treffgarne Mountain gave us excellent views.
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We continued to enjoy the wild flowers along our route.Here we are approaching the Garn Turne rocks & burial chamber.
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The collapsed capstone (behind us) is said to weigh 60 tonnes.A gentle romp down quiet country lanes was a good opportunity to chat.
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Sunday, 20th May
On Sunday 20th May, Carolyn and Dennis Hills led the ramblers on an eleven mile walk in the Llandeilo area. It was a perfect day for a countryside ramble, with blue skies decorated with some light cloud, mild temperatures, a very light breeze, and delightful displays of wildflowers – especially bluebells, red campion, wild garlic, and cow parsley.  The walk started from the railway station car park from where they took the path alongside the track and headed westward to emerge into Church Street.  Walking past the church, they continued down Bridge Street out of town to cross the bridge on the A483 over the Towy, and then turned down a set of steps beside the bridge to approach to the derelict buildings of Bridge farm.  Their route crossed the fields behind the cattle market and past the new school, to reach the A476.  They followed it into Fairfach and then turned right at the crossroads to follow the A483 for about half a mile towards Llandybie, crossing the Mid Wales railway line and the River Cennen on Pont Gwladys.

Turning left onto a lane to Cae Glas, they continued to Troed-y-rhiw, then crossed fields passing Pennsylvania Farm, and stopped in a sunny field for their morning coffee break where they admired a view of the town across the valley.  Next they reached the drive of Ty Newydd and continued on to Cwm Isaf on the Trapp road where they located a stile that gave them access to an ascent through a network of fields to Gelli Groes.  They walked down its lane to meet and cross a country road to follow another footpath toward Castle View farm. Along this path they had a fabulous view of the stark Carreg Cennen Castle against a beautiful clear blue sky.  Once at the farm they turned left to join the Beacons Way, and shortly after passing the abandoned buildings of Cilmaenllwyd they stopped on a sunny bank for lunch.

After lunch they left the Beacons Way, crossing fields to meet a road at the highest point of the day - 260 metres.  Walking downhill towards Llandeilo there were excellent views up and down the Towy Valley and the Carmarthen Fans stood out clearly. As they approached Llwynbedw, an excited group of horses thundered past them, tails flying.  They followed a footpath through farm fields and through the farmyards of Llwynbedw, Cwmcib Uchaf, and Cwmcib.  Here they turned right onto a path across rough fields eastward to Tir-y-lan and joined a country road which they followed for about a mile to reach the Bethlehem road where they turned left.  After a short distance they turned right onto a footpath that led to the suspension footbridge across the Towy and back to the railway station. 
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Our walk began at the railway station in Llandeilo.Some of the footpaths on today's walk are included in railway walks.
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We paused in the sunshine on a field overlooking Llandeilo town.Carreg Cennen castle was silhouetted against the sky as we climbed.
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At Castle View Farm we joined the Beacons Way long distance path.This hillside on the Beacons Way was a good spot for our lunch stop.
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After lunch we climbed to the highest point on today's walk.Looking back, we enjoyed another dramatic view of the castle.
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Sunday, 13th May
On Sunday, 13th May, Pat and David Bush led the Carmarthen Ramblers on an eight mile circular ramble on the Gower peninsula with some fabulous scenery. This was a walk that had been postponed on the winter programme due to bad weather. The weather on this occasion was just right for rambling and paragliding - fine and sunny but with a fresh breeze blowing, keeping the temperatures down. There were dazzling displays of blue bells and wild garlic in full bloom in the banks and hedgerows along the way, and a beautiful aroma from the gorse on the headlands.

The walk started from the car park from the Kings Head car park in Llangennith, from where they headed down to the church to locate a stile that led into a field and the start of a climb out of the village through the fields heading in a southeasterly direction through Upper Hardings Down. This led onto Hardings Down where they stopped briefly to examine the two Iron Age forts near its highest point at 152 metres, and to appreciate the scenery with excellent visibility allowing views of the surrounding countryside and as far inland as the Carmarthen Fans and the Pembrokeshire coast in the opposite direction, as well as several paragliders floating effortlessly along the ridge on top of Rhossili Down.  They left this hill aiming for the derelict farm of West Cathan, where they located the route that was to lead them in a southerly direction through fields and footpaths for about two miles to reach the derelict farm of Kingshall where they connected with a farm track.  They took a ninety-degree turn here and after a quarter of a mile along the track they emerged onto the edge of the moor on Rhossili Down.

Their route continued southwards on the farm track for about a half-mile as it skirted around the edge of the moor to reach Fernhill Farm on the brow of a hill, where they met a footpath that led downhill for about a quarter of a mile to reach the B4247 road that links Rhossili to Swansea at Pitton. On the other side of the road they picked up a footpath that led down to Mew Slade, through woodland heaving with wild garlic in full bloom, and then met the coast path. The route turned westwards as they now followed the coast path along the cliff tops high above Mewslade Bay for about a mile until the next bay – Fall Bay - came into sight, and then turned inland along a permissive path that led them into the newly revamped National Trust carpark in Rhossili where they had the view of the full stretch of the beach below.  They walked past the Worm’s Head Hotel to meet a footpath and pass behind the church, then out of the village onto Rhossili Down with a steep climb, now heading northwards stopping halfway up the hillside for a lunch break under the flight path of the paragliders, with a view over Rhossili Bay with Worms Head and its causeway uncovered by the tide.

In the afternoon the group continued northwards uphill on the southern end of the moor on a footpath, and continued to climb until they reached the trig point at the Beacon at a height of one hundred and ninety three metres, the highest point of the day, from where there were stunning scenic views of the three-mile sweep of Rhossili Bay, and way out at sea the outline of Lundy Island could be seen. There were also the most magnificent panoramic views across Carmarthen Bay of the Pembrokeshire coastline with the Preseli mountain range just in view.  Heading northward along the ridge for about a mile they passed the remains of the wartime observation post before they descended the hill, crossing the moor at Bessie’s Meadow, and following a path that dropped gently to reach a stony lane that led off the hill into Coety Green. From here there was a half-mile walk along a quiet country road uphill to Llangennith to complete the walk.   A debriefing was held at the Kings Head.
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From Llangennith we climbed up onto Harding Down.It was a glorious day for a walk with lots of wild flowers on display.
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Mewslade Bay was down below us as we walked along the coast path.When we reached Fall Bay we turned inland toward Rhossili.
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As we climbed away from Rhossili the Worm's Head was far behind us.We were treated to a close up view of several paragliders as we climbed.
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Splendid views continued as we followed the path across Rhossili Down.We could now see Burry Holms at the end of Rhossili Beach.
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Saturday 5th May
On Saturday 5th May, Andrew Padfield started off the Carmarthen Ramblers’ summer programme with an eight-mile walk that incorporated Dolau Cothi and Caio. The walk used a country road and forestry paths and tracks in Allt Cwmgerwyn – part of Caio Forest. The weather for the day was dry and sunny with temperatures just tipping the twenty-degree mark.

The walk started from the car park opposite the Roman Gold Mines in Pumsaint and from here they followed the road past the entrance to the Gold Mines up a road that climbed steeply uphill around the perimeter of the mine, gaining a free aerial view of the yard. There was about a mile of road walking before they reached the church in Caio where they stopped whilst Andrew related some history of the church and the area.  They continued along the road a further quarter of a mile before the road ended and became a track that led them into a woodland car park on the edge of Allt Cwm Gerwyn, before descending into the valley to cross a footbridge near a ford on the Afon Annell. There were three recommended walks way-marked from here and Andrew’s walk incorporated all three as he set off on an uphill track to complete a pleasant one mile circuit through the forestry to return to a picnic area near the ford for lunch.

In the afternoon they set off on another circuit in a north easterly direction on a gently ascending track, as they followed the Afon Annell up the valley for about a mile to cross it via a footbridge, before starting the return journey back down the valley, now on the opposite side, where the pace picked up a little until they reached the Brunant Arms in Caio. This was the perfect spot for a refreshment stop before retracing their steps back along the road to the car park.
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We began from a car park near the Roman Gold Mines.As we walked up the lane we could see the mining exhibition down below.
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The weather was perfect for walking and the views were excellent.At Caio we passed beneath an arch of blossoms to visit the church.
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We stopped for lunch at a junction of paths in the forestry area.After lunch we took another circuit through the forest.
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On our way back from Caio we enjoyed more countryside views.A final romp downhill brought us back to our starting point.
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