Tag 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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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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Remembering Alan Howard

Alan Howard, who pioneered Rail Ramblers, would have been 97 today. He is remembered with affection. Continue reading

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Gems of the Elenydd

The Elenydd Wilderness Hostels Trust does a fine job providing two hostels in the remote heart of mid Wales. 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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Llanymynech limeworks

My disappointment about the walk organised by Natural Resources Wales at Meifod, Powys, on 4 August was offset by my afternoon visit to Underhill Farm and the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area. Underhill Farm is just in Shropshire, close to the Powys border. … 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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Tried and tested in Wales

Ramblers Cymru is part of the Ramblers’ family.  Its Welsh Council  consists of volunteers from all levels of the organisation in Wales and meets annually, electing officers and an executive committee, overseeing the work of Ramblers Cymru and passing motions. … Continue reading

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Hawl i grwydro (freedom to roam)

I was in Oriel College, Oxford, last week and passed this portrait of college fellow James Bryce, by George Reid, on the stairs.  When he was MP for South Aberdeen, James Bryce promoted his Access to Mountains Bill (1884). Unfortunately, although … Continue reading

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Round and round the common

The Heads of the Valleys Development Company is under financial and competitive pressure to build its massive Circuit of Wales motorsports development as soon as possible.  Bizarrely, it opted to site the construction on common land, with all the inherent delays which that … Continue reading

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