The Cambrian Way

The Cambrian Way

(Thanks to the Cambrian Way website for the use of this map of the path).

Having completed the Wales Coast Path in September 2015, the obvious question was “what next”? And it was surprisingly easy to answer. Despite having lived in wales for nearly 30 years I still feel like I am getting to know the place – very slowly. When I have been driving in mid Wales my eyes are always looking to the hills, imagining that there must be a fabulous walk on that ridge or simply wanting to be up there, enjoying the view.

The Cambrian Way was conceived by Tony Drake in 1968. Tony died in 2012. It has never been recognised as an “official” long distance path, which means that there are no waymarks for the path as a whole, tough most of it is following rights of way. Tony did produce a guide to the path – which went to a 6th edition in his lifetime – a 7th edition is in preparation.

It is a long walk – 288 miles coast to coast from Cardiff to Conwy. And it does not go anywhere like the most direct route, heading north-east towards Abergavenny, then traversing west along the Brecon Beacons before taking the Cambrian Hills north, then the Rhinogs, followed by a route through Snowdonia. The website describes the path as “A high level walk traversing the highest and wildest parts of Wales”.
If you would like to know more at this stage, follow this link to the website.
With the Wales Coast Path I started off on my own and invited friends to join me at various times. With the Cambrian Way I asked my friend Neil if he would like to make it a joint project and he was enthusiastic, the only caveat being that for everything unpleasant or rude I say about him, I say the same number of good things. It will be a challenge but I am sure I am up to it. Neil and I have been friends for about 35 years. Other guests will be joining us at various times.
We will be doing the walk in single days, building up to a maximum of three or 4 days in a row. When away from home we will mostly be staying in pubs and bed and breakfasts, but for the best and remote bits we have agreed to do some camping. We have no timescale or itinerary in mind. It could take years! I hope you enjoy it. I am sure we will.

Cambrian Way day 19: Dyffryn Castell to Dylife

December 10, 2017
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A very taxing 12 mile walk in the rain on boggy ground, following the Cambrian Way  in Powys from Dyffryn Castell to Dylife via Plynlimon. Not a lot of fun. Date walked: 23rd October 2017 Distance: 12.6 miles according to the guide book Maps used: OS Explorer 213: Aberystwyth&Cwm Rheidol OS Explorer 214: Llanidloes &Newtown […]

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Cambrian Way day 18: Cwmystwyth to Dyffryn Castell

June 11, 2017
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A  relatively gentle walk  followed by a dramatic crossing of the Rheidol river at Devil’s Bridge – rather spoiled in the second half of the day by a very painful knee. Date walked: March 28th  2017 Distance: around 12 miles Map used: OS Explorer 187 – Llandovery and OS Explorer 213- Aberystwyth and Cwm Rheidol […]

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Cambrian Way day 17: Pontrhydfendigaid to Cwmystwyth

May 21, 2017
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A gentle walk by the remains of the Cistercian monastery at Strata Florida followed by crossing some wild moorland at the edge of the Elan Valley. Date walked: March 27th  2017 Distance: around 11 miles Map used: OS Explorer 187 – Llandovery and OS Explorer 213- Aberystwyth and Cwm Rheidol Guide book: The Cambrian Way (7th […]

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Cambrian Way Day 16: Ty’n Cornel hostel to Pontrhydfendigaid

April 16, 2017
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A challenging hike on The Cambrian Way in Ceredigion over difficult but beautiful moorland.   Date walked: 25th January 2017 Distance: about 11 miles Map used: OS Explorer  187- Llandovery Guide book: Cambrian Way by AJ Drake (7th edition) **** We had stayed last night in this most remote but charming  Ty’n Cornel hostel. Paul had been banished […]

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Cambrian Way day 15: Near Rhandirmwyn to the Ty’n Cornel hostel

April 2, 2017
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  A wonderful walk on The Cambrian Way in Wales through the beautiful  Doethie valley in Ceredigion, finishing at the most isolated hostel in Wales. Date walked: 24th January 2017 Distance: about 9 miles Map used: OS Explorer  187- Llandovery Guide book: Cambrian Way by AJ Drake (7th edition) ********* Our destination today was a […]

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Cambrian Way day 14: Llandovery to near Rhandirmwyn

February 19, 2017
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A delightful autumnal walk following the Cambrian Way in Carmarthenshire from Llandovery to Rhandirmwyn Date walked: 2nd November 2016 Distance: about 9 miles Map used: OS Explorer  187- Llandovery Guide book: Cambrian Way by AJ Drake (7th edition) ************* I joined  Neil and Paul around 9.15 as they were finishing their Full English (no nod […]

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Cambrian Way day 13: Llanddeusant to Llandovery

February 5, 2017
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A gentle hike through the Carmarthenshire countryside, following the Cambrian Way from Llanddeusant to Llandovery, and encountering some beautiful wild horses Date walked: 1st November 2016 Distance: about 11 miles Map used: OPS Explorer OL 12 – Brecon Beacons National Park (Western Area) Guide book: Cambrian Way by AJ Drake (7th edition) ************** It had […]

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Cambrian Way day 12: Bwlch Bryn-rhudd to near Llanddeusant

November 13, 2016
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Date walked: 9th September 2016 Distance: around 12 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL 1 2- Brecon Beacons National Park (Western area) Guide followed: Cambrian Way  by A.J. Drake – 7th edition ************** Today Paul, Neil and I  were joined by a good friend of Neil’s called Malvern (no, I never did ask where he got […]

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Cambrian Way day 11: Storey Arms to Bwlch Bryn-rhudd

October 2, 2016
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  Date walked: 9th August 2016 Maps used:OS Explorer OL 12 (Brecon Beacons National Park Western Area) Distance: around 10 miles Guide book: Cambrian Way by A J. Drake 7th edition ************** Another day with the three Musketeers (Paul, Neil and me). Leaving Pauls car at the mercy of car thieves, Neil drove the two […]

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Cambrian Way day 10: Cwar Blaen dyffryn quarry to Storey Arms

September 18, 2016
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  Date walked: July 6th 2016 Maps used:OS Explorer OL 13 (Brecon Beacons National Park Eastern Area) and OL 12 (Brecon Beacons National Park Western Area) Distance: around 10 miles (but lots of ups and downs) Guide book: Cambrian Way by A J. Drake 7th edition ************** I have quite an ambivalent relationship with camping, […]

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