Saturday 3rd June Brecon Beacons Horseshoe Strenuous 10 miles
This is one of the most popular mountain walks in South Wales, and deservedly so on a clear day, as the views are superb. But expect to see lots of other people! We start from Taf Fechan, on the quiet south-eastern side of the mountains, walk over the dam of Lower Neuadd Reservoir and ascend to the Graig Fan Ddu ridge. Here we join a good path which follows the horseshoe around and then joins the Beacons Way over the tops of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big. We carry on around along the Beacons Way along the eastern edge of the escarpment and descend beside Blaen y Glyn waterfalls, returning to the start along the Taff Trail.
This is a tough mountain walk with about 700m (2,300 feet) of ascent and will take at least 7 hours. Boots essential. Walking poles recommended. Good hill fitness required. You will need to bring appropriate hill-walking clothing, including warm hat, gloves, spare layer, waterproofs, sun-cream, and plenty of food and water. People coming on this walk will be expected to walk as a group staying within earshot of the leader. We will take a lower level route in the event of poor weather.
Sunday 4th June Mynydd Troed & Langorse Lake Strenuous 12 miles
This is a fantastic walk over the less-frequented hills between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, and around the largest natural lake in South Wales, with panoramic views on a clear day. We start from the car park at Llangorse Lake around the lakeshore to the beautiful church of Llangasty-Talyllyn. We then follow field paths and quiet lanes up onto the shoulder of Mynydd Llangorse. We then descend to Cwm Sorgwm and then up on to Mynydd Troed - initially steeply and then more gradually. Vast views open up over the Wye valley and the mountains. After reaching the summit trig point with its lovely red Welsh dragons, we descend back to our start at Llangorse lake, hopefully in time for well-earned refreshments at the café there.
This is a tough hill walk with about 700m (2,300 feet) of ascent and will take about 8 hours. Boots essential. Walking poles recommended. Good hill fitness required. You will need to bring appropriate hill-walking clothing, including warm hat, gloves, spare layer, waterproofs, sun-cream, and plenty of food and water. People coming on this walk will be expected to walk as a group staying within earshot of the leader. We will take a lower level route in the event of poor weather.
Sunday 11th June Hidcote Easy 10 miles
A stroll through the north Cotswolds. Starting at Hidcote Manor (National Trust) we walk through fields via the pretty villages of Hidcote Boyce and Ebrington, and then through the Foxcote estate before ascending Nebsworth Hill and following bridleways back to the starting point. The National Trust Café will be open at the end of the walk for refreshments.
Sunday 18th June Colwall Easy/Moderate 9 miles
Walking in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, this route takes in some of the lesser used paths in the area. There is one steep climb from below Herefordshire Beacon, with the option of going up to the top, if you have the energy to spare. Away from the crowds we continue along the western slopes of the hills, on other less frequented and wooded paths. There are opportunities for refreshments at the end of the walk at one of the many pubs in the area.
Friday 23rd June Henley-in-Arden Moderate 5½ miles
This walk passes the Norman church of St Nicholas Beaudesert before climbing to the top of the Mount and following the Heart of England Way with views over Henley. The route then drops down to the River Alne and the Stratford Canal before rising again to the Norman church at Preston Bagot with far-reaching views, On returning to Henley there will be plenty of pubs and eateries to choose from.
Sunday 25th June Alstonefield & Dovedale Easy/Moderate 10 miles
This walk covers some of the White Peaks most scenic walking including limestone gorges and caves and spires! The walk will take in the most famous part of Dovedale, returning to the start point by way of the village of Ilam. There will be an opportunity for refreshments at the pub in Alstonefield after the walk.