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A walking holiday in Rhayader, Wales.

14 members spent 3 nights in an old workhouse, and four days walking in and near the Elan Valley at Rhayader in mid September 2011.

We stayed in the old workhouse which is now a comfortable hotel but has retained many of its original features. The food was excellent and we were lucky with the weather which, although sometimes windy and cold, was generally dry. The walking was at times challenging but often with extensive views in very beautiful but empty moorland. In all some 39 miles were walked and some 8500 ft climbed by those who did all four long walks. Amongst other highlights were the climb up Gorllwyn at 613 metres, the sighting of a lone but fully grown ostrich in a neighbouring field, the crossing of a long and swaying walkers’ suspension bridge over the river Elan, the remains of the Nant y Gro dam used for testing the World War 2 dam busters explosives, and many, many red kites. For Lyn, however, perhaps the enduring memory will be being rescued (?) from being knee deep and thoroughly stuck in the large Cnapiau’r Ferien bog high in the hills.

 

Going down to Garreg-ddu Reservoir on the first day -

Garreg ddu

 

some of the party became a little apprehensive when faced with having to cross this bridge -

scary bridge

 

and thinking for a minute we were in South Africa when we spotted this Ostrich -

ostrich

 

On top of Gorllwyn -

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Crossing part of the Cnapiau’r Ferien bog (before Lyn got stuck) -

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This is the remains of a dam that was used as target practice during WW2 before the real Dambusters raid -

dam

Above Caban-coch Reservoir on the last afternoon -

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