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Category Archives: Walking & Rambling

Mynydd Llangorse Walk

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  This circular walk over Mynydd Llangorse is walk is all about the views. For the first half of the walk Llangorse lake glistens below and the Beacons loom off to the west.  The second half takes in the sweep of the Usk Valley and the main mass of the Black Mountains, topped by the […]

Don’t Get Lost!

Common Navigation Mistakes and how to avoid them. Over the years, I have taught thousands of walkers the art of navigation, and have come to the conclusion that nearly everyone makes the same mistakes. For example, most people think the compass is the most important navigation tool, whereas in reality, it is the map. After […]

Take a Hike for the Benefit of your Mind, Body and Spirit

We all know that walking is good for us. Going for a walk is a healthy pastime which can help to reduce the waistline and keep us in shape. Plenty of people take to the gym or hop on a treadmill as a quick and convenient way to fight the flab and keep fit, but […]

Crickhowell Walking Festival Guided Walks and Events in the Black Mountains

The Diving Board Rock

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place annually around St David’s Day, (1st March) and is based in our lovely market town of Crickhowell. Most of the walks,  which range from easy strolls to full day treks across the mountains are in the eastern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains and river […]

Making strides for walking groups and volunteers

Support for Monmouthshire’s countryside volunteers and walking groups has been stepped up with the launch of an online toolkit which is also intended as a hub for the walking community. Around 55 volunteers involved with walking in Monmouthshire attended the launch of the online toolkit at The Centenary Hall in Usk to hear how the […]

Dyffryn Crawnon Walk

For this month’s walk, Ludo and I headed off to the beautiful Dyffryn Crawnon valley. If you’re a fan of Tolkienesque woods, and don’t suffer from vertigo too much, this is a great walk! However, there are some very steep drops and a lot of uneven ground so I wouldn’t recommend it to novice walkers […]

Llangynidr Waterside Walk

Llangynidr Waterside Walk

This is an easy walk for all the family, and, at just shy of 3 miles, won’t be beyond most people. The original plan when doing this walk in April was to walk along the riverbank for half the distance, and to return along the canal towpath, (hence the name). However, repairs to the path […]

The Rarest Plants in Wales


Wales has an incredibly rich flora, given its size, and is home to a number of rare plants. Some of these species of plants are native exclusively to Wales, occurring nowhere else in the world, and so the success of their survival is incredibly important. Here in this part of Wales, Black Mountain Hawkweed (Hieracium […]

Beautiful Bluebells

Legend has it that a field or wood full of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments, with fairies trapping anyone passing by, particularly children. It’s unsurprising that a wealth of folklore surrounds these flowers, given that carpets of flowering bluebells are one of the most beautiful events in nature’s calendar. There are two types […]

Crickhowell Walking Festival Kicks Off the Outdoor Season


Once again the highly successful Crickhowell Walking Festival gets people – locals and visitors – out and about and enjoying our beautiful countryside with 80 walks and a number of events in the evenings. This year it runs from 1st to 9th March. The organisers are always looking for novel ideas and this year is […]

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