Category Archives: Wales

Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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On Offa’s Dyke

This year’s Walkers Are Welcome towns annual get-together began with a splendid walk along Offa’s Dyke. Continue reading

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Thirty years of WEL doing

Wales Environment Link has celebrated its 30th anniversary, and is a strong and effective body. Continue reading

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A week is a long time

Last Friday’s event in Wales was my last physical meeting for an indeterminate period. Continue reading

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A St David’s Day pledge

On St David’s Day, why not sign up for Ramblers Cymru’s Big Welsh Walk at Chirk Castle on 13 June? 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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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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Across the Cardiff barrage

For more than 20 years I have visited the Eisteddfod, to walk with Welsh colleagues.  This year the Eisteddfod was in Cardiff; it was  much more a part of the city than is normally the case when the maes is … Continue reading

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The sounds of Coed Rheidol

I took my visually-impaired friend Marika Kovacs for an early-morning walk to Coed Rheidol to listen to birds Continue reading

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The Big Welsh Walk: another triumph

The second Big Welsh Walk in Ceredigion, organised by Ramblers Cymru, was a great success. Continue reading

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