Ramblers' loop around Letterston

By County Echo Reporter in Local People

LOGIN was the venue on Saturday for a gathering of 31 Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen and Cardigan Ramblers to enjoy a sunny day a little off the beaten track.

Dennis and Carolyn lead the group through glorious woodland with one moderately steep descent down to the valley floor in the proximity of the old Cardi Bach railway line which ran from Whitland to Cardigan from 1886 to 1963.

Occasional glimpses of the river flowing swiftly through the valley floor gave a sense of active serenity.

The stiles were, unfortunately, not in as good condition as generally found in Pembrokeshire, occasionally challenging but with some ingenuity slippery surfaces were made safe with some IKEA face flannels that provided remarkable stability on the otherwise slippery surfaces.

Lunch was in a spacious woodland clearing dominated by a substantial cromlech surrounded by a circle of mature beech trees.

Those doing the 5.5 miles continued down the road to the start point and those more energetic members diverted to link up with the Landsker Trail which was subject to extensive growth on either side of the path as is usual at this time of year, but it remained open and manageable.

Some members enjoyed an afternoon tea, complete with delicious cakes, at the Login Old Railway Station tea rooms.

The walk on Sunday was from Letterston, via Priskilly Forest, back to Letterston.

Starting from the lay-by on the A40, the route was along footpaths into Letterston village then on through Letterston Moorland wood to the road at Swm-bach-isaf, which leads into Welsh Hook.

The route across the moorland has been greatly improved by PCC, with new way makers and a diversion around the dwellings at Swm-bach-isaf.

The rain started as the walkers left Welsh Hook, using the path that runs adjacent to the rail line to the road at Pant-y-crwyn.

Here the walkers were given the chance to take the short option walk back to the start point as the rain had not abated. The majority decided to continue with hopes that the weather would improve.

The route was onward across the rail line into Priskilly Forest. The plan to have lunch in the meadow overlooking the forest was abandoned due to the weather and shelter for lunch was found on the steps leading into the wood.

After lunch it was through the forest to Priskilly Golf Club and the paths into Heathfield Wood before crossing the rail line to St David’s road at Letterston.

From here it was a short walk back to the start point a total of 7.5 miles.

The weather after lunch had not improved but ramblers are prepared for such conditions and will be back on the trail next weekend come rain or shine.

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