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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Hi-Tec Signal Hill Waterproof Multi-Sport shoe

April 23, 2017
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  Some time ago I wrote somewhat scathingly about a writer for a national paper suggesting that walking shoes were just as good as walking boots for most hiking purposes. I still don’t agree with him but there are times when you are going for a walk on fairly easy terrain – by that I […]

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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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Via Francigena: Abbadia a Isola to Siena

March 5, 2017
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  Just to re-cap, I had been invited on a press trip via Italian Wonder Ways to be introduced to the pilgrim route called the Via Francigena. This was our third day. Date: 24th September 2016 Location: Tuscany, Italy ************* Hardly a day goes by without my getting emails from my readers demanding another post […]

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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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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France: The upper Dordogne, final day – Loubressac to St Cere

January 22, 2017
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For the first time in a weeks walking in the Dordogne we come across the walnuts being harvested. From the village of  Loubressac we followed the edge of the Parc Des Causses De Quercy to the Plus Beaux Village de France of Autoire, visiting the ancient Chateau des Anglais perched on the side of the […]

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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France: The upper Dordogne, Day 3, 4 and 5 – Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne to Loubressac

January 8, 2017
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October 12th: Rest day in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne October 13th: Beaulieu to Carennac – 10.5 miles October 14th: Carennac to Loubressac – 9.5 miles   This  self-guided walk was booked through Keith Starr of Dordogne Experience. Day 3 was designated a rest day, but we didn’t really feel the need for a rest so we followed a circular […]

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