June 2014

Three hills in a day

A hill that fails to top 200m barely counts as a day out; you could probably squeeze it in before breakfast.

But stitch three of them together and it looks like more of a challenge. Throw in some sand dunes and one of the world’s top ten beaches and you have the ingredients for a mini classic.  Cefn Bryn, Llanmadoc Hill and Rhossili Down are the highest points on Gower, the peninsular that sticks out from under Swansea’s nose. It’s a place filled with wild ponies, precarious cliff-top paths and tiny villages that screams ‘miles from anywhere’ – and yet it’s just a one-hour bus ride from the city. This accessibility is a major benefit, although it can get busy with walkers and surfers...

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April 2014

A wild camp in Wales

The only things required are a map, a backpack crammed with kit and food (and maybe some wine, if space allows) and a vague sense of which direction to start off in. With those essentials, the world is your oyster.

Or the Brecon Beacons are, at least. The signs were promising as we hauled on our packs outside the Black Sheep Backpackers opposite Abergavenny station. Our hosts had provided a comfy bed and self-service breakfast for a very reasonable £16 a head, and the sun was warming the spring air as we ambled through the town. After picking up some last-minute essentials (jelly babies, wine gums and another bottle of red), we studied the map to establish the beginnings of a route  The...

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March 2014

Snowdon - my favourite UK mountain

Snowdon is my favourite mountain in the UK.I don’t mean the best: that title goes to An Teallach, traversed on a long, sunny autumn day a few years back.

But Yr Wyddfa (to give it its proper title) is the one I keep coming back to. It simply ticks so many of the right walking boxes. First of all, it’s a very handsome hill, especially from the east where the ridges of Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd encase the three cascading llyns. (It’s worth climbing Moel Siabod for that view alone.) And its endless variety demands repeated visits: there are eight well-established routes up, plus a few secret tracks to the summit. But as with anything you love, criticism can be felt personally. And Snowdon...

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Submit a walk and win!

Each quarter we enter everyone who submits a car-free walk to our website into a prize draw to win some goodies. For the July to September 2014 prize draw we are delighted to be working with Ordnance... more

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