Walking Group

Group Leader: Elsa Harflett – elsa@u3a-llandrindod.org.uk   or phone 01597 860894 / 07979 961276.

Walks are on the 4th Monday of the month.

Walkers usually meet at the Lake, Llandrindod Wells at 10:00am to car share to the start of walks, which are approximately 4 miles long and are taken at a pace to suit the group. To receive accurate information please contact Elsa by email or telephone, who will then add your name to the group listing. Elsa will contact the group a few days before each walk with further details.

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

At the end of the walk we usually go to a local pub for lunch.

New Walkers are welcome.

Latest news from the group

February walk – near Rhayader

Published 12th April 2023

We set off across the fields from a lay-by near Ochr Lôn cottage on the road to the Elan Valley and joined the cycle path towards the Visitor Centre for a short distance. Leaving the cycle path, we crossed the Elan Valley road by the Dolafallen bridge, and took the track past Aberceithon. We turned right when we reached Pentreceithon, walking towards Penlone, and then turned left along the road leading to Rhydoldog House. From there we took a footpath leading up to Upper Ochr-cefn, where we paused to look back towards Rhydoldog Farm and the view beyond. Turning left, we continued down the road, passing the turning to Treheslog, and looking across Gwyn Llyn towards the mountain road to Aberystwyth. Our road took us past Parc Farm, where they were preparing for lambing, and just before we reached the Dderw Bridge we turned right past Tynpistyll and took the track across the fields, passing Tynpistyll Wood on our right, till we reached our cars again.

January walk – Elan Valley

Published 12th April 2023

On a crisp January morning fourteen of us set out from Dolafallen Bridge to walk to the Elan Village and Visitor Centre via the back lanes, returning along the cycle path. There was snow on the ground from a previous fall, which made the scenery even more spectacular than usual. Approaching the village, we passed the playing fields and then we walked beside the Elan River.

As we reached the end of the village, we came to the bridge which lies alongside the old bridge which is no longer in use.

Crossing the bridge, we made our way to the Visitor Centre and some of us ventured closer to the Caban Coch Dam, which was overflowing with a cascade of water, with the stone monuments in the foreground. Meanwhile, those who hadn’t risked the slippery road towards the dam had found a snowman to play with! The group reassembled, and before moving on we studied the poignant statue which stands at the entrance of the Centre.

Our return route along the road towards the cycle track allowed us to look back across the valley and the river to Elan village. Continuing along the track we walked past Bethania Baptist Chapel with its graveyard covered with snow. Further along, as we passed the Elan Valley Hotel we looked across the fields as we made our way back to Dolafallen Bridge and the start of our hike. A most enjoyable walk, in stunning scenery.

November 2022 Walk – Glyn Bridge

Published 10th January 2023

Our November walk started at St. Bride’s church, Rhayader. After climbing the hill beyond the graveyard, we turned around to look at the church and the view of the town spread before our eyes. Re-joining the road, we came upon some friendly horses. Continuing along the road we came to the river Wye and, rounding a corner, the river Elan, which we crossed using the very shaky Glyn Bridge! Once across the bridge we turned left, to follow the footpath beside the river Elan till we reached its confluence with the Wye.

Ahead of us, looking down the Wye towards Llanwrthwl, we could see the steep banks of Caerhyddwen with its forested cap high above the quarry and the busy A470.

Then we joined the road from Llanwrthwl. Turning right, we continued towards the Elan Valley, passing fields full of sheep. Reaching Dolafallen Bridge we stopped to look upstream before returning on the cycle path to Rhayader. We saw a beautiful rainbow and took the group photos just before the end of the walk.