THE AGM was held on Saturday, November 3, in Aberduar Chapel vestry, Llanybydder, preceded by moderate ramble on a recently cleared footpath passing Cae-Da-Bowen to Rhydiau and on to Dorset Cottage. Thanks to Capel Aberduar for use of the vestry.
Optimism paid off for a group of intrepid walkers who chanced the unpredictable weather conditions on Saturday, November 10, for a six-mile ramble around Cynghordy, including the impressive viaduct built spanning the Afon Brân valley, led by Ann and Jacquie. Warm sunshine and blue skies trumped the expected heavy showers for most of the day.
From the railway station the route proceeded across the railway line, the first of four crossings in all, through fields and along trackways to Pen-y-Lan and the Irfon Plantation near Fwng-Isaf. The railway was next crossed at Gilfach where the route led on to Gosen Calvinistic Methodist Chapel nestling in the shadow of the railway viaduct, crossing the line at Gallt-y-Gyrnig and back to the start with a final line crossing.
The first walk in the new winter and spring walks programme, led by Colin, on November 3 was a lovely autumnal visit to the Hafod Estate in the Ystwyth Valley near Pontrhydfendigaid. They followed over seven miles of tracks and paths at a perfect time to view the streams and waterfalls at their best.
The last walk in October, led by Chris and Teresa, features in Ceredigion’s Paths for People – Community Walks booklet, and follows through broad-leaved wooded stream valleys and quiet country lanes in the Llanarth area. By way of the footpaths through Goitre to Motygido, a house of historical interest, and along the wooded Afon Gido valley, they reached the little hamlet of Dolau and the busy B4342 to New Quay.
The route turned to follow through Coed Allt Cefn Maesllan, managed by the Woodland Trust. Following recent storms many trees had been blown down on to the footpath making the going quite an obstacle in places.