On Thursday the 6th of October we travelled from our home to the Plas Dolmelynllyn Hall Hotel in Snowdonia in anticipation of a lovely long weekend walking with members of the Pathfinders. This trip had been organised for us by Malcolm who, very sadly, was unable to join us owing to the fact that he had broken his foot a couple of months earlier. This however, had not deterred him from arranging all our accommodation and walking requirements and for this I would like to express our thanks for all the hard work he put in on behalf of our group. Continue reading October Weekend in Snowdonia
For a long time now I have nurtured an ambition to try my hand at a Via Ferrata route. And when Bob and I started to discuss this years holiday it seemed as though everything could just drop into place.
Twelve months ago we walked the Tour du Mont-Blanc, our first foray into the Alps and apart from the weather we had a fantastic time. And so, my nearest and dearest side-kick suggested we return. “Why not?” was my gleeful response. Like quick silver he was scanning all possibilities, exploring all options, delving into all the travel companies and their tours. Once again K.E. came out on top with the Walkers Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt. “Only one level up from Mont Blanc” said my delighted spouse, “we can do that!” “Of course we can” was my slightly doubtful answer. Continue reading Up, up and away on the Walkers Haute Route – Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn.
For months the planning went on, emails flashed back and forth, phone calls were made and received, taxi firms contacted, car parking officials tackled, accommodation finalised and payments made. Phew, take a breather and check that all the general admin has been sorted. Now the serious and fun bit (as far as Bob is concerned) can be done. The routes were all scrutinised and finalised, the maps were printed and laminated, the day sheets were filled in and most importantly the weather was studied avidly. Continue reading Cumbria Way aka Thrills, Spills and all the excitement of the Funfair
In the immortal words of Queen “Another One Bites The Dust”!
Glyndwr’s Way has been completed and ticked off the “to-do” list but what a glorious walk it has been! Every leg of the way has offered fabulous views and stunning vistas, nowhere has this trail disappointed, not even for the most hardened of walkers! Our last two legs from Lake Vyrnwy to Pontrobert to Welshpool were completed in lovely autumnal weather. The forecast had been for a mixed bag but the actuality was everything we could hope for! Continue reading Glyndwr’s Way – Stages Nine and Ten – The Grand Finale!
Our little gang arrived at this weekends accommodation at various times throughout the day of Friday 06th September. Bob, Malcolm and myself were the earliest to arrive at the farmhouse, having first spoken to Dave our “host” whose very laid-back demeanour should have warned us to expect the unexpected. Continue reading Glyndwr’s Way – Stages Seven & Eight : The Penultimate Weekend
Well, we thought about it, talked about it, saved up a bit and finally booked it! What? Why the classic Tour du Mont-Blanc of course!
Formerly the majority of our walking has been done in the good old UK, ranging from day expeditions to long distance paths. We tend to enjoy long trails and as such have completed a fair amount, but never before had our valiant feet travelled overseas to plod great distances. Continue reading A stroll around Mont-Blanc
Due to circumstances out of anyone’s control it was a much depleted group that met on Saturday 12th July to begin the next leg of Glyndwr’s Way. Out of the original eleven starters we were now down to seven plucky “survivors”! We parked our cars at Machynlleth and the mini bus arrived punctually to take us to the start of the walk at Dylife. Continue reading Glyndwr’s Way – Stages Five & Six
We began our next stage of Glyndwr’s Way on Saturday 3rd May – an auspicious start to the walk as this was a day of celebration for one of our group. Happy Birthday Carol! The weather was fine, the accommodation was excellent, we were all fed and watered and ready for anything the day might throw at us.
Friday the 4th of April saw nine stalwart members of Pathfinders making their various ways into Wales with a grim determination to complete the first two legs of the latest tough long distance challenge “Glyndwrs Way”. The route is approximately 135 miles in length and travels over a fairly remote and very hilly part of mid Wales. The intention is to complete the walk in ten stages over five weekends throughout the year. Continue reading Glyndwr’s Way – Stages One & Two