Category Archives: Natural Resources Wales

Kirkby Stephen’s warm welcome

Kirkby Stephen hosted the Walkers Are Welcome Towns annual get-together this year. Continue reading

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Pop-up footbridge

It was a surprise to find a well-engineered footbridge had appeared over the A470 in time for the eisteddfod, when money cannot be found to provide much-needed bridges over public paths. Continue reading

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The keeper of the colliery

On a recent Ramblers’ visit to Wales we walked in the restored Llynfi valley near Maesteg, which was a wonderful experience. Continue reading

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National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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Among champion trees

This was the third year in which Ramblers Cymru had staged a walk from the Eisteddfod, following many years when the walk was organised by the Countryside Council for Wales and then Natural Resources Wales.  Their enthusiasm flagged and so, … Continue reading

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Rhodri’s route

If it was not for Rhodri Morgan, former first minister of Wales who died on 17 May, we might have no Wales Coast Path. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer: national-park giant

Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer and first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales has died aged 83. Continue reading

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Eisteddfod tradition continues

This year the Ramblers and Open Spaces Society organised the walk from the Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. Continue reading

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Cambrian Mountains: unfinished business

With the government’s welcome announcement last month that the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks are to be extended, another chapter in the long history of our protected landscapes closes.  But the vision of Arthur Hobhouse in 1947 has still … Continue reading

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Why all in black?

I don’t know who decided that the outdoor uniform for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) staff should be black, but it was unfortunate—for NRW can’t want to appear either funereal or fascist.   The uniforms were much in evidence when I joined the walk … Continue reading

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