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 7 – Forest Coalpit to Lord Hereford’s Knob (or Twmpa for the more delicate reader)

May 15, 2016
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  Date walked: 12th April 2016 Distance: nearly 12 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL 13 Brecon Beacons National Park (Eastern Area) Guide: Cambrian Way by A.J.Drake (7th edition) and website  *************** Let me say from the outset that I intend to keep any knob references to the absolute minimum.  I apologise for the amount […]

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Cambrian Way: Day 5 and 6 – Llanfoist to Forest Coalpit

May 1, 2016
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  Date walked: 19th February and 10th March 2016 (see below) Distance: around 9 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL13 – Brecon Beacons National Park (Eastern Area) Guide: Cambrian Way by A.J.Drake (7th edition) and website  ****************** OK, here’s the thing. We felt that we didn’t want to finish the last walk by walking across […]

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Cambrian Way Day 4: Pontypool Park Folly to Llanfoist

April 17, 2016
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Date walked: 19th January 2016 Distance: 10 miles Map used: OS Explorer 152: Newport and Pontypool and OS Explorer OL 13 Brecon Beacons National Park When I posted this on April 17th I reported that Dave (seen with me above) had been very ill and was unlikely to be able to walk with me again. I’m very sad […]

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The Cambrian Way Day 3: Risca to Pontypool Park Folly

April 3, 2016
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Date  walked: 28th August 2015 Distance: about 9 miles Map used:OS Explorer 151- Newport and Pontypool ***************** Just Neil and I for this leg of the walk. We met at a little car park at the top of Folly Lane, near, surprise, surprise, the folly and deposited one of our cars there, driving back to […]

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Cambrian Way Day 2: Castell Coch to Risca

March 20, 2016
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Date walked: 10th July 2015 Distance: about 8 miles Map used: OS Explorer 151 (Cardiff and Bridgend) and 152 (Newport and Pontypool) (you might have to scroll out a bit to see the whole route) ********* Today Neil and I were joined by Dave, who you have met before on several occasions. We met up […]

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Cambrian Way Day 1: Cardiff to Castell Coch

March 8, 2016
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  Date walked: 17th June 2015 Distance: 8.75 miles Map used: OS Explorer 151 – Cardiff and Bridgend *********** My apologies for the length of time since the last post. I have been a bit poorly. Normal service will be resumed ASAP. So, day 1 of a project that could take a couple of years to complete, […]

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