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A small circuit into Cwm Rheidol from Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge

1 months ago
Footpath into the Rheidol gorge
A quick evening wander into the Rheidol gorge, starting from the centre of Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge, where there is usually ample parking space by the side of the main road. After following the road in the direction of Aberystwyth up to the edge of the village, we took a gate to follow the path over grassland Photo to the edge of the gorge, just above the Vale of Rheidol trackbed. The path then follows along the edge of the wooded slope and alternates between grassland...
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A Geograph-ers' walk from Heath into Wakefield

3 months ago
Fields on the edge of Heath
Having had a walk around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the morning after the 2018 Geograph AGM in Wakefield, we relocated to have lunch at the Kings Arms Photo beer garden in Heath, followed by a short walk back into Wakefield. After leaving the magnificent Heath Common Photo, effectively a super-size village green, we whacked our way along overgrown paths through woodland and towards the River Calder Photo. Following the riverside path past Fall Ings Lock...
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A Geograph-ers' walk in the sculpture park

3 months ago
Yorkshire Sculpture Park: "Reclining Figure Hand"
On the day after the 2018 Geograph AGM in Wakefield, a few of us met up to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, located in the grounds of the former Bretton Hall Photo Estate. Besides many modern outdoor sculptures Photo Photo Photo, there are exhibitions by contemporary artists Photo Photo and also an underground gallery Photo for indoor exhibits. The park is located on a hillside Photo, partly wooded and partly grassy, and...
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Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

5 months ago
Boardwalk on the loop path, Cors Caron
A short lunch-time walk to stretch the legs on a crisp Photo winter day. Totally flat, the walk begins at a layby near Maes-llyn farm on the road from Pontrhydfendigaid to Tregaron, where there is a gate leading onto the former railway trackbed (now cycle path) Photo through the raised bog of Cors Caron. After heading south for a kilometre or so, the continuation of the track is gated off Photo (with the cycle path returning to the road) and the boardwalk circuit...
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From Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral

5 months ago
River cruise catamaran near Hungerford Bridge
This sightseeing geotrip combines a walk through parts of Westminster followed by a boat trip down the Thames and finishing with a climb up to the viewing gallery on the outside of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Starting from Green Park tube station, we walked towards Buckingham Palace Photo and mingled among the other tourists Photo on the Victoria Monument Photo outside the palace to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony Photo. Once the sound of the...
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Riverside path with obstacles

5 months ago
Windblown trees, Gelli Ddu
A quick evening stroll from the National Resources Wales car park at Gelli Ddu/Black Covert near Trawsgoed. This is just a flat walk through mixed woodland Photo by the side of the Afon Ystwyth Photo. On this occasion, the path was blocked in several places Photo because windblown trees were scattered throughout the forest. This necessitated a few detours to the edge of the woodlands, with views across farmland in the Ystwyth valley Photo. You can see...
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Half the Alltfedw circuit

5 months ago
Small pasture surrounded by trees on Alltfedw
National Resources Wales provide a car park by the Afon Ystwyth near Trawsgoed with two waymarked paths. One of them leads onto Alltfedw, a low ridge to the east of Llanilar and ending fairly abruptly at Trawsgoed. It is mostly covered in forest (Coed Alltfedw). Unfortunately, there had been significant storm damage recently Photo Photo, which hasn't been cleared yet. However, the lower part is accessible with care, while I had to turn round near the summit because the...
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Waterfalls of the Afon Mellte and Afon Hepste

8 months ago
Walkers passing behind Sgŵd yr Eira
This Geotrip is a figure-of-eight walk from Gwaun Hepste car park a little south of Ystradfellte. There is a small parking charge payable at a machine. The walk begins by leaving the car park towards the south on a wide forestry road. After about a kilometre, a signposted track Photo branches off towards the right to begin descending towards the Afon Mellte. Soon after, the first and tallest of the waterfalls, Sgŵd Clun-gwyn, can be first heard Photo and then seen...
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Leamington town walk Geograph meet

9 months ago
All Saints Church across the River Leam, Leamington
This Geotrip is a record of a guided walk presented by Robin Stott to mark the 12th birthday of Geograph. The route begins and ends at the Star&Garter pub in Warwick Street. From here, the walk follows Warwick Street past the Dell Photo before turning left towards the River Leam, where the effects of recent flooding were obvious Photo. Following the river downstream past Milverton Viaduct Photo, we reach the ornamented Princes Drive road bridge. Beyond it is a weir...
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Gallops, bales and ducks but no x-rays and no beer - the Ridgeway

19 months ago
Sheep Down
This walk was a pleasant surprise arising from a disappointment: We were at Diamond Light Source Photo to do some x-ray experiments on polymer films but a vacuum leak on the beamline meant that we had the afternoon off while Diamond's technicians were busy fixing the problem and pumping the system down again. Luckily I had some trainers and my camera with me, so we got to enjoy the sunshine and the scenery of the West Ilsley Downs instead. As the Ridgeway, an ancient track, runs...
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A sightseeing walk in Paisley on a dreich January morning

19 months ago
Paisley Town Hall across White Cart Water
While in Paisley for work, I had a quick walk around the town centre before heading back down the M8. The light wasn't great on this grey January day but it was dry and I managed to get some shots of the University Photo, Town Hall Photo, Paisley Abbey Photo and the Coats Observatory Photo. I'll be back in the summer! You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
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Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

31 months ago
Ducks near Maes-llyn, Cors Caron
Just a short walk to stretch the legs on a Saturday afternoon. Starting from the old reserve car park, effectively a lay-by on the B4343, we followed the alignment of the abandoned Aberystwyth-Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen railway, which now serves as a long-distance cycle path. After passing the new-ish visitor centre, a small boardwalk circuit Photo leads into the bog and past some ponds, remnants from the times when peat was dug here Photo. A short branch leads to the massive...
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A quick stroll amongst the Teifi Pools

33 months ago
Craig Ddu Fach with two of the Teifi Pools
After a first week of the year which was a total wash-out, I wanted to get at least a short stroll in, so had an hour's ramble to west of Llyn Egnant Photo. A stiff northwesterly was chasing heavy rain clouds Photo, and the light was soon fading Photo. Not much of a walk, but at least out for a moment! You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link . Trip profile:...
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Ceredigion coast north of Llangrannog

33 months ago
Ceredigion coast path between Cwmtydu and Llangrannog
This is the most recent section of the Ceredigion Coast Path Photo, which makes it a continuous walk all the way from the Pembrokeshire border near Aberteifi/Cardigan to the Dyfi estuary. I started this walk at Cwmtydu, which is a bit off the beaten track but has ample space to leave a car. Cwmtydu lies in a breach in the coastal cliff formed by two streams merging just before they reach the beach, and so the walk starts with a steep climb Photo onto the cliff path...
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Reservoirs and poor judgement

33 months ago
Craig Goch reservoir
I hadn't quite appreciated just how much snow there was in the Elenydd after the heavy Easter snowfall. We had very little of it in the western foothills. Starting from the dam Photo of Craig Goch Photo, the topmost of the Cwm Elan reservoirs, I followed a track Photo up the side of Esgair Perfedd, originally aiming for the Roman camp and the waterfall next to the Rhaeadr mountain road. But I wasn't really prepared for serious snow, and when I encountered extended...
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An evening stroll in the Hafod estate

33 months ago
Afon Ystwyth from the Hafod viewpoint
The Hafod estate is located in the Ystwyth valley just upstream of Pont-rhyd-y-groes. It has a dense network of tracks and paths both on the valley bottom and on the steep flanks either side. Some of the landscape features originating from the time when the area was a landscaped country estate have been restored, but it all fits in nicely with the character of an upland river valley. I live nearby, and while the evenings are light I sometimes go for a short stroll in the Hafod estate after...
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Low cloud and a little snow on Pumlumon

34 months ago
Cloud front over Cwm Hengwm
A surprise sunny cold spell at the weekend between two miserable, murky November weeks gave an opportunity for a quick ascent of Pumlumon Fawr from Nant-y-Moch reservoir. As the camera battery was playing up, I had to resort to using the phone to take pictures - with reasonable results. Starting from the minor road running up the eastern shore of Nant-y-Moch reservoir, I took the hydro track to Llyn Llygad Rheidol, waded through the stream emerging from its overflow and made my way up...
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Strumbling about the north Pembrokeshire coast

35 months ago
Ynys Onnen and Ynys Meicel, Strumble Head
There were some doubts about the weather prospects for this bank holiday Saturday, but the Met Office produced excellent advice: go south rather than north, and stick to the coast, so Strumble Head it was. Despite the bank holiday, there was still plenty of parking space by the lighthouse when we arrived, and the weather was glorious. The route followed all the narrow inlets of Pembrokeshire's fractal coast Photo Photo, but we turned inland Photo at Carregwastad Point...
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Cwm Rheidol

37 months ago
Rheidol gorge
This walk was an out-and-back job into the Rheidol gorge and up to Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge, starting from the dam of Cwmrheidol hydro-electric power station. I'd planned to run the downhill leg as one of the excursions surrounding the 2015 Geograph conference at Aberystwyth and wanted to optimise the route for that walk, taking in the power station Photo, Rheidol falls Photo and fish ladder Photo, the Vale of Rheidol railway Photo, views into the Rheidol...
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Where does Aberystwyth's drinking water come from

41 months ago
Dam, Llyn Llygad Rheidol
For a gentle start to the season, I had a stroll up the service track Photo to Llyn Llygad Rheidol Photo from Nant-y-moch Photo. I knew that the beautiful glacial lake tucked away on the north side of Pumlumon Fawr Photo was part of Aberystwyth's drinking water supply, but I hadn't appreciated quite how important it is in this respect. During the walk, I had a rummage around the dam Photo Photo and spillway Photo Photo and on...
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Southampton's old town and cruise docks

49 months ago
Berth 101
The day after the Geograph conference 2014, fellow Geograph-er Basher Eyre took us on a guided tour Photo of Southampton's old town. Starting at the station, we walked past the Civic Centre Photo towards the town walls Photo. After seeing an interesting mural Photo summarising Southampton's history in Hamtun Street and hearing about Southampton's oldest church, St Michael's Photo, we saw a number of preserved buildings such as a mediaeval wine...
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The wrong side of the Nant-y-Factory from Glaspwll

49 months ago
Maesycoed Queen Raising Station
I had great plans for this Easter holiday walk: A farm track would take me up to the intake of the curiously named Nant-y-Factory (if one can trust the map in this respect), then find my way up to the top end of the Moel-y-Llyn forestry, round the four lakes around Angler's Retreat and finally back down the upper Cwm Llyfnant, with a waterfall thrown in for interest. It didn't quite work out. I didn't manage to set off until afternoon, then couldn't find anywhere to park without...
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The source grounds of the Afon Irfon

53 months ago
Moorland at the head of the Afon Irfon
14 Apr 2014 A walk to start the season, with relatively little ascent but some tough terrain. Starting from the Tregaron-Abergwesyn mountain road near the turn-off to Dolgoch hostel Photo, I took the forestry track onto Bryn Crwn Photo, gaining height over Nant-ystalwyn farmhouse at the bottom of Dyffryn Tywi Photo fairly quickly. The landmark waterfall Photo visible from the road is mostly above this track, with a few further cascades after passing the...
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Exploring the water mills of the Loxley valley

76 months ago
Black Lane near Olive rolling mill
A group of Geograph-ers met again the morning after the Geograph conference to walk the Loxley valley from Malin Bridge to Stacey Bank. Alan Murray-Rust had prepared a map and factsheet for each participant showing the locations of all the former mills along the way. Setting off from the tram stop, we soon left the road and followed a footpath along the river, seeing the sites of Wisewood Photo rolling mill and forge on the way. The rolling mill at Little Matlock Photo is...
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Along the Sheffield Tinsley Canal into Sheffield

76 months ago
The Straddle, Sheffield Canal Basin
On the Tue afternoon before the Geograph conference, a group of Geograph-ers met at Meadowall South / Tinsley tram stop for a walk along the canal to its terminus at Sheffield Canal Basin on the edge of the city centre. The walk passes a flight of locks at the Tinsley end Photo to take the canal up towards industrial Attercliffe Photo. The canal then runs in a fairly deep trench, with the tram and several foot and road bridges crossing it at considerable height...
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