Wild Walks (mostly mountainous)

Wild Walks

Four Wild Walkers have recently returned from a walking trip through the Dales experiencing sunshine, snow and 30mph winds - deserted hills and pubs and the pleasure of the Leeds Carlisle railway.

Why not join us on our next adventure from the Brecon Beacons to the historic and restored Cardiff Bay. This is the last leg of the walk from the northern tip of central Wales to the southern toe. Travel by cheaper (advanced ticket) trains, four nights at less than £40pp per night. Overnight bags carried by car. For full details please contact Philip Sayers p.sayers@gmail.com

In 2024 we are planning to undertake four trips with one local walk near Tempsford.  The areas being considered for review are:

 

Montrose

County Antrim
Angus Glens

Coetmor Mill, Bethesda, Snowdonia

A trail in the Lake District

The Black Mountains

A five day trail with luggage transfer

If you are interested in our plans for 2024, please get in touch. All ideas, suggestions and offers to plan trips are welcome.

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Following our last year's trek from Montrose to Blair Atholl, our trans-Scotland (East to West) project has just been completed.

It is fast becoming a ritual that after travelling from Letchworth, we meet up in Betws-y-Coed in the middle of the day and have an afternoon walk up to the monument on Llyn Elsi Reservoir. A lovely woodland walk finishing with beautiful views at the top before making our way to Coetmor Mill in Bethesda.

Wild walker, Peter Moore achieved an amazing personal goal.
He climbed all of the 214 peaks listed in Alfred Wainwright's seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells (1955–66).

Peter will be greatly missed by us all.

Geoff Smith writes: In November five of us stayed in Coetmor Mill for four nights from a Monday to Friday.
With powerful central heating throughout, a beautifully equipped kitchen, perfect hot showers and a cosy ‘snug’ for the evenings it deserved the title of luxury bunkhouse.

 

THE CAPE WRATH TRAIL

Five members of the Wild Walks Group have successfully completed the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail through the Scottish Highlands – nearly!

April - the final section of the Cambrian Way trail, Barmouth to Conwy, was completed. The walk, which starts in Cardiff, is highly recommended for its combination of historical and cultural features, natural history, geography and excellent walking. Detailed maps, GPX tracks, points of interest, daily schedules, transport links etc. are available via the group contact.

 

August - there were two events.

Penultimate section from Alston to Garsdale.  Starting in the South Tyne valley, over Cross Fell and then up the Eden valley.  Final few miles in the headwaters of the river Ure.

A week away in Spain, for which we owe thanks to Nigel Carrick for the inspiration and organisation.

This is the next leg of our journey along Hadrian's Wall, and then down to Alston.  As you can see the weather was pretty good, but it was August.  Walked in 2013.

This is a selection from just one leg of our tracing Wainwright's "A Pennine Journey" from Seattle to Hadrian's Wall and back.  We did this section from 12th to 15th April 2013.

Day trip to the Yorkshire Dales, leaving Stevenage at 6.11 am, arriving Horton-in-Ribblesdale, walking 13 1/2 miles over Ingleborough, returning to Stevenage at 9.47pm.  The train cost £28 return.

A typical wild walkers outing.
Leave Letchworth Station at 6.23am.
Arrive Settle, via Leeds, 10.43am.
Walk 11 miles to Horton.
Stay at the Golden Lion
Day 2 13-mile walk to White Lion pub at Cray.
Day 3 Walk 10 miles to Bainbridge, then bus to Bedale. Bus to Northallerton, then train back, arriving at Stevenage station 8.20pm.

Nigel’s Report of our August Day Trip to Edale by Train

Our Group started the New Year with 6 members enjoying a 50-mile trek across the Yorkshire