Please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you’re unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first: it’s much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted. Most Ramblers’ walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join, and bring some food and drink, even if the walk includes a pub or café break. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organisers or the walk leader in advance. For your own and others’ safety please read and abide by any advice and guidelines issued by the organisers, and the instructions of the walk leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimize the potential for accidents.
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Meet: Mansion House car park near Ashton Court Mansion. Postcode BS41 9JN.
This walk will be an opportunity to escape from our usual mud, and maybe see aspects of the city you haven’t seen before. A red deer park, street art, naval history, the merchants’ quarter, Cathedral, wonderful views from the top of Cabot tower, a walk through colourful houses, the Observatory and Suspension Bridge.
Three short steep climbs, and an optional ascent of a tower
Meet: Mitcheldean Main Car Park behind the Library
Walk along the Wysis Way up and over the Wilderness then we leave the way at Steam Mills and loop all the way to Longhope picking up the Way at the Nags Head to face the climb up and over heart break hill (a bit north east of it). Completing the circuit by walking back into Mitcheldean.
Meet: Forest car park near top of track to Biblins
Follow E. I. Williams sign and turn onto track in front of Doward Park Camp site, car park 100m on right. A wander through woodland nature reserves with lots of caves and some new rocky view points, a short stretch of the River Wye, and an iron age hill fort.
Meet: Llangnidr free cark opposite village hall and public toilets
Ascending Llangnidr mountain by a gentle route with coffee at a hidden waterfall (depending on weather) and a picnic lunch at the Chartist Cave. The walk passes Neolithic burial cairns and shake holes, then returns via farmland.
Rumours of holding camps for slaves and convicts; raging furnaces smelting iron, copper and lead; the first water fuelled wireworks; cottages shaken by quarry blasting; trains steaming through to transport the products of all this thriving industry - we'll explore the dark history of today's scenic idyll.
One steep and one more gradual ascent, and easy walking on the old railway track
Meet: Henderson Hall Talybont (donation £1 and loos)
A fairly gentle route along the Henry Vaughan Walk and Taff Trail with a moderate ascent over Tor y Foel. After spectacular views we return along the canal and pass a heronry where the herons may be nesting, the Talybont Lime Kilns, and the Star Inn. We will stay low if high winds or poor weather.
Meet: Lower Wyndcliff Forest Enterprise car park adjacent to the A466
A wander along the cliff-top view points overlooking the Rivers Wye and Severn, past hill forts, a trig point and an ancient church, then returning through the Giants Cave. Some ascents but at a gentle pace with pauses to enjoy the views.
A walk through some of the farms and drover's roads of the Monnow Valley then one ascent to the Offa's Dyke path and returning along Black Hill and the Cats Back. Varied walk with panoramic views over Herefordshire if visibility is good.
Out of Lydney to Upper Forge, circling around and out to Aylburton, along the river bank to Lydney Harbour returning along the canal.
Parking at Lydney Lake, follow road past bus station lake on right at end of road.
From Mallards Pike to Soudley via Staple Edge, on to Newnham and along the river Severn to Bullo Pill. Back past Brains Green .
Parking at Mallards Pike cost £4 for the day but there is free parking on the road opposite the entrance to Mallards Pike, approx 5 minutes walk from the start. Toilets at start.
Moderate to strenuous, with four fairly steep hills. Could be muddy.
Meet: Frampton Sailing Club car park [gates only open 09-15 to 10-00 hrs]
Car park is at end of The Green, take left fork opposite Three Horseshoes pub, in 100yds fork right through gate to club.
Walk around lake, across The Marches, Cambridge Arms Bridge, Gloucester Sharpness canal return via The Green.
Taking a route through the hidden valley to Clearwell. On to St Briavels via bridleways and country lanes before dropping down into the Wye Valley. Picking up Offas Dyke, the route takes us mainly through woods back to Redbrook.
Several ascents taken at a sensible pace and over a variety of terrain
Meet: Pick up points Coleford, Monmouth and Ross on Wye
40th Anniversary Skipton Holiday for the FOD Ramblers. May 6th - 13th. Rendezvous Hotel, B/B Evening Meal, all rooms en suite, 2 walks daily 7-8 miles and 10-11 miles, coach transport provided, pool and jacuzzi. For details, contact Sue Marshall 07808150741 01600 772034 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gentle walk through meadows to the Graig Syfyrddin and ascent on forest paths to Edmunds Tump. There may be bluebells and panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons. Returning via the Three Castles and a look at ancient Grosmont Castle.
A470 then take A4059 Hirwaun Road, and meet at the reservoir car park on right. Park at the car park or one of the reservoir lay-bys. Energetic with one peak and two ascents at a moderate pace: Fan Fawr, bypassing Corn Du and back by Cefn Crew. Fabulous views of Beacons and Cwm Crew waterfalls if good visibility
Meet: By cricket ground opposite Parkend Memorial Hall
From start across level crossing and up the Yorkley road. Enter woodland and continue to
Moseley Green crossing close to Rising Sun and on to Parkend to Yorkley road.
Continue to former railway and down to Whitecroft, through more woodland and down to
'Ramblers Bridge'. Cross heritage railway line and climb to Broc
Moccas Hill wood was opened very recently as part of restoring a medieval deer park renowned for its biodiversity, and has far reaching views. Then to a neolithic tomb (Arthur's Stone), followed by the viewpoint on Merbach Hill - again with amazing views including of extreme meanders (one abandoned) in the Wye.
Top end of moderate. Two steep ascents and descents, which may be muddy.
Meet: Crickhowell Resources & Information Centre (CRIC). Public Loos available
From Crickhowell follow Cwm Cumbeth to Table Mountain, picking up part of the Beacons Way before heading towards Llanbedr. Through Grwyne Fawr to Llangenny and back across fields to Crickhowell
Strenuous walk with 4 ascents of varying length all taken at a sensible pace
coffee and BPL
JackieH (01594 564417)
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