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December 23, 2018

Six weeks ago I started a new job.  It was something completely different to anything I had done before - I had always done office work.  The job description included the words "you will walk up to six miles a day".  This was music to my ears - as a keen hill-walker, I...

September 26, 2018

Mountain Rescue is one of those organisations that you know is amazing, but you hope to goodness you'll never need to call them out yourself.  I have an annual subscription to my local Mountain Rescue team, and always chuck a few coins in a bucket whenever I see any te...

August 25, 2018

Countryside Rights of Way Act, 2000

The Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 marked the start of Open Access.  It allowed huge swathes of previously no-go areas, to become Open Access, meaning that you can walk wherever you want on it.  It was unimproved land that was mad...

February 19, 2018

 On 17th February 2018 Wales had an Earthquake!  At the time, I  was out walking with friends.  We were doing a lovely linear route from Defynnog to The Gwyn Arms on the Eastern side of the Swansea Valley.  The epicentre of the earthquake was Cwmllynfell, which was not...

February 13, 2018

I've been asked how I got in to walking, leading, teaching navigation etc. - so here is my walking story!  

When I first started "walking" - I put it in inverted commas because apparently I was around 18 months old when I actually started walking.  Fast Forwar...

February 1, 2018

So what do you pack in your rucksack for a day out?  Well, a lot will depend on where you're going, how long you expect to be, and how far from civilisation you expect to be.  Which is why I alway pack everything.  That way, I don't have to worry about whether I should...

January 22, 2018

Why should anyone learn to navigate?

Good question.  And one that many people ask.  After all, there are plenty of signposts out in the hills, we're told.  Each footpath has one.  The tracks are obvious.  There are cairns everywhere.  I know these hills like the ba...

December 29, 2017

Have you ever looked at a photograph on a Facebook or Instagram page and thought "Wow, I want to go there", or "I wish I could take photos like that"?  Well I have, and so this year I have enrolled on an online photography course called A Year With My Camera #ayearwith...

December 12, 2017

It's that time of year - the Christmas Walk came round once again.  What happened to the year in between?  Each year "Team West" has a walk led by Paula, and what a fabulous day we have.  This year was no exception.  We started off near Craig y Nos Castl...

December 5, 2017

 

This is Eglwys Faen, and inside is a fascinating cave system, said to stretch from Llangattock Quarries right over to the Heads of the Valleys road.  It featured in ITV Wales' Brecon Beacons Uncovered on Friday 1st December, 2017. 

It is known for being able to c...

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