Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod Walks – August 2012

The Vale Ramblers are leading walks in the local area during the National Eisteddfod.

An ideal way to see more of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan Countryside and both Welsh and non-welsh speakers are welcome.

Eisteddfod_2012_Walks_Programme_Vale_Ramblers (pdf)

 

Teithiau Cerdded yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol 4 -11 Awst 2012

Walks for the National Eisteddfod 4 -11 August 2012 Cerddwyr Bro Morgannwg Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers

 

Dydd Llun, 6 Awst 11.00am

Bydd y daith hon yn lansio Llwybr Iolo Morganwg Taith gerdded o Erddi’r Hen Neuadd, y Bont-faen.

6 milltir (G2) Arweinydd: Ian Fraser (01446 774706 M: 07854 536985)

Tywysydd: Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

Ardal: Y Bont-faen i St Hilari drwy Bryn Owen

 

Monday 6th 11.00am

This walk will mark the launch of The Iolo Morganwg Trail. Walk from Old Hall Gardens, Cowbridge.

6 miles (G2) Leader: Ian Fraser (01446 774706 M: 07854 536985)

Guide: Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

Area: Cowbridge to St. Hilary via Stalling Down

 

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Dydd Mawrth, 7 Awst 11.00am

Taith gerdded o faes parcio gorsaf reilffordd Llanilltud Fawr.

5 milltir. (G2) Arweinydd: Margaret Scott (01656 890657 M: 07561 318628)

Ardal: Eglwys Sant Illtud, llwybr yr arfordir i Eglwys a Chastell Sain Dunwyd, gyda’r dewis o ddal y bws lleol yn ôl i Lanilltud Fawr

 

Tuesday 7th 11.00am

Walk from Llantwit Major Railway Station car park.

5 miles. (G2) Leader: Margaret Scott (01656 890657 M: 07561 318628)

Area: St. Illtud’s Church, coastal footpath to St,Donat’s Church and Castle, with an option of catching the local bus back to Llantwit Major

 

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Dydd Mercher, 8 Awst 7pm

Taith gerdded o faes parcio gorsaf reilffordd Llanilltud Fawr.

3 i 4 milltir (G1) Ardal: Taith gerdded Plac Glas y Dref (mannau o ddiddordeb hanesyddol)

Arweinyddion: Gwenda Fitzpatrick (01446 751294 M: 07811 503210) &

Ruth Curle (01446 794100 M: 07966 133389)

 

Wednesday 8th 7pm

Walk from Llantwit Major Railway Station car park.

3 to 4 miles (G1) Area: The Blue Plaque Town walk (places of Historic interest)

Leaders: Gwenda Fitzpatrick (01446 751294 M: 07811 503210) &

Ruth Curle (01446 794100 M: 07966 133389)

 

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Dydd Iau, 9 Awst 11.00am

Taith gerdded o faes parcio Neuadd y Dref y Bont-faen.

6 milltir (G2) Arweinydd: Ian Fraser (01446 774706 M: 07854 536985)

Ardal: Eglwys Llansannor, Castell Penllyn, Ffynhonnau y Pentre

 

Thursday 9th 11.00am

Walk from Cowbridge Town Hall car park.

6 miles (G2) Leader: Ian Fraser (01446 774706 M: 07854 536985)

Area: Llansannor Church, Penllyn Castle, Dr. Salmons Wells

 

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May 2012

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival Website

While most of the Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers were enjoying the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, some of us stayed at home and took part in the 3rd Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival.

The programme was varied over the 3 days with David James leading 2 of the walks.

 

Saturday 12th May – Iolo Morgannwg Community Walk

Iolo Morganwg (Ned of Glamorgan) was the ‘bardic name’ of Edward Williams (1747-1826) who was born at Penonn near Llancarfan, and lived at Flemingston where there is a memorial in the church.  He followed his father as a stonemason, and imported marble into Aberthaw.

However, early on he became a successful poet, and was concerned with preserving, and maintaining, the literary and cultural traditions of Wales.

To coincide with the National Eisteddfod at Llandow in August, this walking route has being developed by Creative Rural Communities, to entice visitors to explore areas of the Rural Vale, whilst gaining an understanding and appreciation of Iolo Morganwg’s life ,work and legacy.

Led by Dave Owens of Transition Cowbridge, with Debbie Leigh of Cowbridge Hub and Richard of Coed Hills Forest Gardens we were met in the Physic Gardens by Branwen of CRC who gave us a brief outline of his life before heading down the High Street to Costa Coffee, which was his shop, the first Fair Trade shop of its time.

Heading past the Comprehensive School on the boardwalk, we walked through a Site of Special Scientific Interest onto Aberthin.  During this part of the walk Richard of Coed Hills, identified many plants and their uses. It was here we saw a buzzard enjoying the warm thermals.

We continued up to Stalling Down to see the breathtaking views where he held his first Gorsedd meeting. It also offered a great view of the Pant Wilkin racing stables.

Onwards to the Clump – the site of public hangings, which Iolo never attended, then down into St Hilary village for lunch at the Bush Inn.  Richard fried up some nettles for us to try and they were very similar to crispy seaweed.  From here, Emlyn took a small group of us southwards towards the Old Vicarage where we had a superb view of the coastline and Beaupre Castle.

Walking through Bluebell Wood, the wild garlic was out in force and it was here we stopped for some romantic poetry Iolo wrote and one of the group, Katie read it beautifully in Welsh, then gave us the english translation.

Returning to the Old Hall gardens via Llanblethian, we all agreed that walking in the footsteps of Iolo Morgannwg, while learning about his life and hearing some of his poetry brough the walk to life.

A special thanks to Richard and Emlyn for sharing their knowledge and enthusisam.

Our Secretary Ian Fraser will be leading this walk during the Eisteddfod and I would highly recommend it.

View route on Runkeeper – it had a blip as it lost GPS signal on the way round

Author: Leigh