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Abergwesyn Common

Abergwesyn Common is wild, rugged and remote with rocks, waterfalls and deep pools along the River Irfon. For the more adventurous the Cambrian Mountains tower over you and offer unlimited walking opportunities; for those with smaller legs the valley is perfect for exploring. This exposed area is best visited in clear weather and is likely to be boggy after rainfall – the smallest of legs might need a helping hand over some of the terrain.

Abergwesyn Common

Distance: as near or far as your legs will take you

Time: take all the time in the world

Guide

There are not any specific parking places along the road however there are passing places. We picked a large passing place and made sure that we left enough room for other vehicles to still be able to use it if needed.

We found a comfortable spot for a lunch with a view.

Please be aware there are some impressively steep drops into gullies – keep children and dogs close while you check

After ditching our bags back in the van we explore further into the valley finding rocks to climb on…

…and beachy areas to paddle in.

The grown-ups got brave and took a dip in this amazing pool – a bit chilly in April but we’ll definitely be heading back in warmer weather!

This valley was all-round beautiful and we were left with so much left to explore another time; we didn’t even touch upon the ancient historical sites or venture up any hills.

Click here for more information about Abergwesyn Common from the National Trust.

Directions: From Llanwrtyd Wells or Beulah take the road signposted to Abergwesyn. Once there take the narrow road signposted for Tregaron. Follow this road until you see a National Trust sign for Abergwesyn Common.

Happy wandering.

The Beckingham family

Carreg Cennen

Carreg Cennen is a beautiful CADW* site with stunning views, great ruins and a gentle uphill stroll. The track up to the castle is suitable for sturdy pushchairs, and perhaps off road wheelchairs, however there are a number of shallow steps to enter the castle itself. On site there are toilets, a cafe and a shop (and even a wedding venue!). 

*there is a charge to enter the castle grounds unless you have CADW membership

Carreg Cennen

Distance: half a mile in total, not including exploring the castle itself

Time: depends how big your picnic is…

Guide

From the carpark follow the well trodden path towards the castle.

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Stop off at the ticket booth (free with CADW membership)

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The track gets a little rougher towards the top…

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… and there are some steps into the castle.

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Explore!

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Directions: follow signs from the A483 Llandeilo.

Happy wandering,

The Beckingham family

Pen Dinas, Tanybwlch

Pen Dinas is an imposing Iron Age hill fort overlooking Tanybwlch and further on, Aberystwyth. This short but steep climb that is well worth it for the staggering 360 degree views and knowing you can dip your toes in the sea afterwards (if you’re feeling brave!). This route isn’t suitable for wheels and the smallest of legs might need a carry up the steepest parts but will have no trouble running all the way down.

Pen Dinas

Distance: just over 2 miles up and down

Time: I won’t lie, I forgot to time it… but the ascent will probably be slow, leave time for snacks at the summit

Guide

From the Tanybwlch carpark walk back across the bridge and follow the footpath signs on your right.

Continue along the footpath, turning right when you reach tarmac road, along a national cycle route.

The entrance to the Pen Dinas Nature Reserve is on your left just after the bungalows.

Follow the path as it contours around the hill and then upwards towards the summit.

Enjoy the views across Cardigan Bay and beyond.

Pen Dinas is a local nature reserve – click here for a detailed leaflet from Ceredigion County Council.

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Directions: from the A487 follow signs for Beach Parking

Happy wandering,

The Beckingham family

River Edw, nr Aberedw

This secluded picnic spot on the River Edw is quiet, peaceful and perfect for a paddle or even a swim. The river has slow and gentle sections for paddling, faster sections for older children and waist deep (on an adult) pools. There are lots of options for walking nearby such as Aberedw Castle and Llewelyn’s Cave. 

N.B. always take care near rivers and don’t go close after heavy rain or if they are in flood. 

River Edw, nr Aberedw

 

Distance: the picnic spot is right next to the road

Time: take a picnic and spend a few hours

Guide

Getting to this beautiful spot is super easy – parking is in a layby or on the verge and the River Edw is right there!

Keep an eye on younger children as not all of this stretch is shallow and suitable.

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Directions: from the B4567 turn in to Aberedw, continue through the village and onwards for just under 2 miles. The picnic spot is next to the road. Parking in a layby or on the side of the road.

Happy splashing,

The Beckingham family

River Irfon, Builth Wells

The River Irfon in Builth Wells has a wide pebble beach and is shallow enough for little legs to paddle; perfect for picnics. It is accessed by scrambling down a bank after walking through the Groe and down a wide tarmac path adjacent to the River Wye. It is difficult to take wheels down the bank to the river although, you could lock up bikes and buggies on the bank above. Also nearby are toilets, cafes, shops, a park and a playing field.

N.B. always take care near rivers and don’t go close after heavy rain or if they are in flood. 

River Irfon, Builth Wells

Distance: just over half a mile

Time: however long you want to splash for!

Guide

Park at the Groe and wander down the tarmac path next to the River Wye. Keep a look out for herons, ducks and jumping fish.

After half a mile you will see where the River Irfon joins the Wye – don’t swim here, it is dangerous as there are underwater currents.

Follow the path around to the left and you will see a footbridge across the Irfon. Just before and after the bridge there are a number of worn paths to scramble down the bank.

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Directions:

Happy splashing,

The Beckingham family

 

Viewpoint, Mynydd Epynt

The viewpoint on Mynydd Epynt, near Llangammarch, is high on a hilltop with staggering views down the valley below. Definitely best visited on a clear day to make the most of the elevated position, probably best avoided in windy, rainy weather. The Epynt Way passes the viewpoint and makes for a great linear walk, perfect for little legs and off-road pushchairs, with the option of a longer walk (take a map)! Free parking, picnic benches and views, views, views. 

Viewpoint, Mynydd Epynt

Distance: as far as you like.. we wandered around a mile

Time: as long as you have!

Guide

We began with a picnic at the viewpoint. There are benches set away from the road and the epic view down the valley deserves some time.

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We did a bit of exploring in-front of the viewpoint…

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… and had a play on the huge rocks.

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The Epynt Way, a 50 mile circular trail, is just across the road from the viewpoint car park. We crossed over the road and turned right, taking the track that runs next to the tarmac military road.

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Then we just followed the track and enjoyed the views, turning around once we started heading downhill. You could easily go much further (although probably not with a pushchair).

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Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.

The OS grid reference is: SN 964 467

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You can find out more about the Epynt Way here.

Directions: Take the A483 to Garth and take the B4519 signposted to Upper Chapel. This road takes you up onto the hill, over a cattle grid. The viewpoint car park is on the right.

Happy wandering,

The Beckingham family

Day Twenty Eight #30dayswild

Another hot day, but a busy one! Lots of helping in the community garden and all whilst wearing flowers in her hair. Sadly mummy forgot take her camera out, we’ve got a hair shot with a well deserved chippy tea…

And some after shots of the work done!

Our adventurer was “helping” our lovely neighbour who kindly answers all of the three year old questions (Why are you old??) and takes time to carefully share her knowledge.

Together they put up a bird box..

… filled up the bird bath..

.. and had a look at the trees and bushes made accessible by Daddy’s strimming.

A lovely afternoon in the shade!

Day Twenty Seven #30dayswild

With all this hot weather we’ve been busy doing… not much really. Making sure we’re looking after our plants is taking up quite a bit of time!

Everything is needing lots of water and we’re enjoying seeing our tomatoes bloom.

Nasturtiums.

Not forgetting the hanging basket.

The yard is looking nice and green.

Day Twenty Six #30dayswild

Just playing catch up with the blog writing… tummy bugs ruin everything. Luckily Daddy has managed to miss this one (how!?) so yesterday’s wild activity was orchestrated by him while I lay on the sofa… again!

Daddy and his adventurer had a fab time bug hunting in the log pile.

They carefully moved the logs and had a close look for bugs (not the tummy kind).

They carefully helped any bugs they wanted a closer look at into the bugnoculars.

There are magnifying bits on the sides too..

It turns out she LOVES slugs.

Couldn’t do a bug hunt without checking our new, shiny bug hotel..

Spider!

It’s great getting our adventurer interested in the little things that live around us all the time. She’s out looking for more right now!

Day Twenty Five #30dayswild

Poorly mummy = late blog

Yesterday, as I didn’t move from the sofa, we watched a wild webcam.

The Wildlife Trust have a great selection of live webcams to choose from on their website.

We watched Welsh Osprey’s at the Dyfi Osprey Project.

Whilst watching we had a chat about the nest and what it was made of, the size of the birds, how many chicks there were and what they might be eating.

A great option for a lazy day and actually quite addicitve!