Reynoldston Ramblers

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This club was established in December 2005 and the first walk took place in January 2006. Walks take place on weekdays but if there is sufficient interest, there will be occasional Saturday walks. Each walk will have an experienced leader, who will decide the “where, when and length “of the particular walk

Contact the coordinator of the Club,  John Rock   Tel: 01792-391316   e.mail:johnandjudith@reynoldston.com

A new fully revised edition of Gower Rambles is now available from the Post Office, National Trust shop (Rhossili) and other outlets price £8.50.

Over 25 walks are described in detail together with the length of the walks, approximate timings and excellent photographs. OS maps depict the trails with great clarity. Clear instructions are provided as to how to get to the start and where to park.

A must for anyone contemplating walking in Gower, Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

June report

Shall we or shan’t we, it was very difficult to decide. Wednesday the 28th dawned to drizzle and the forecast of heavy rain to come. Do we walk or don’t we? The walk had been postponed before and it was in an area that we hadn’t walked for some time. We decided to go, and the rain eased up. We crossed Cefn Bryn to Hillend, to Ryers Down then Burry Pill, Llanmadoc and the Britannia for lunch. After an enjoyable lunch we stared to return in trepidation concerned about the deluge to come. Did it rain? Of course it didn’t! 16 valiant walkers, lead by Ursula and John Bastiani, returned to Reynoldston via Cheriton, Burry Pill and Stembrige It had stayed dry, though soaking underfoot and all were grateful we had challenged the weather and won.

JJR

JULY WALK

This month sees the annual, much anticipated walk led by Tanya and Bryn Williams. Yes, they have travelled from the other side of the world yet again, in order to guide us in pastures new.

The walk will start at the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre, will be approximately 6 miles long and is designed to provide comfortable rather than challenging walking. From the open spacious common land of Mynydd Illtud at the start and finish of the walk there are splendid views of the main ridge of the Brecon Beacons, while fur-ther along the route there are extensive views over the Usk valley. In fact, stunning views for relatively little effort.

We will meet on the Lower Green at 9.00am on Saturday July 22nd for car share, or at the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre (about 1.5 miles west of Libanus) ready to walk at 10.30am.

Please bring suitable clothing and a packed lunch. There are toilets, cafe and excellent information displays at the Centre.

REYNOLDSTON RAMBLERS…LONDON TRIP 2017

The fifth annual RR away-day trip saw twenty two of us making the journey by road or rail to east London. Basing ourselves in the leafy suburb of Wanstead, we set out on three urban adventures over a weekend. These were rambles in the true nature of the word – despite the lack of muddy fields and tracks – allowing us over two and a half days to take in much of the best that London has to offer the curious walker.

Our first walk was led by John and Judith Rock, an excursion around the Olympic Park at Stratford. Whilst some of us might have contemplated a brief diversion into the shops at Westfield, being able to go into the Aquatic Arena, the Velodrome, and just having time to admire the sculpture in the Park – most memorably, a poignant tribute to 9/11 constructed with steel and iron salvaged from the WTC – was of far greater interest. Many acres of thoughtful planting of shrubs and wild flowers also occupy much of the enormous site. The walk had been planned for the first day so that we could avoid the possible over-exuberance of the West Ham supporters at their match on Saturday. However, at the last moment the match was re-scheduled for Friday evening, necessitating a quicker pace and an earlier departure back to Wanstead.

On Saturday we headed off for London Bridge station, where we were met by Rob Maitland, whose brief was to inform us about the many iconic new buildings both north and south of the river. Starting off at the foot of the Shard, we walked the backstreets to More Lon-don, emerging on the bank of the Thames to marvel at the panorama north of the river – and, of course, Tower Bridge as the backdrop. From there we made our way to the City, where we stopped for a pic-nic lunch in the garden constructed within the bombed-out church of St. Dunstan’s. After lunch, as we marvelled at the variety of modern architecture and the sheer scale of the Gherkin, the Cheese Grater, Lloyds of London and other iconic structures, we reflected on the in-tensely competitive nature of modern architecture and the contrast with the more human scale of our peaceful picnic site. We also bat-tled against the ferocious gusts caused by the wind tunnel effect of so many tall buildings in a relatively small area.

Throughout this ramble Rob was a bottomless well of information about the construction and cost of these enormous buildings. After-wards, ramblers peeled off to warm up with coffee and cake or slake their thirst in a pub with a TV where they could watch the match. A number of us made an unscheduled stop at Spitalfields Market.

Our Sunday Docklands and Greenwich walk was a joint enterprise between John Rock and Valerie Beynon. Beginning at Limehouse we meandered along canals and basins which had once witnessed great industrial activity, but which have undergone transformation and re-generation, providing a picturesque backdrop for residential develop-ments – block upon block of apartments – and moorings for pleasure craft and colourful barges. The business district of Canary Wharf was the next stop on the agenda, starting with a brief coffee break at the London Docklands Museum. We admired the cavernous Canary Wharf underground station, had lunch in the labyrinthine shopping centre underneath Canary Wharf, continued our ramble around the erstwhile docks and basins, and eventually took the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich…alas bypassing The Gun, an historic pub with connections to Nelson (and an even more enticing sign pointing us to a Gin Garden!).

At Greenwich we stopped briefly beside the Cutty Sark, dipped into the Royal Naval College to admire what we could see of the painted ceiling, which was being renovated, then eventually made our way up the hill to the Observatory. From this high point and its awe-inspiring panorama we could pick out the landmark buildings which we had seen close up. (NB: We discovered that the Shard can be seen from almost anywhere!) Valerie’s knowledge and experience as a qualified Greenwich guide added much to our enjoyment.

All in all, it was a first-rate trip, a memorable departure from our usual destinations, in which we saw more in two and a half days than we could have seen in a month of Sundays under our own steam. Heartfelt thanks are due to the Rocks for their meticulous planning, and to Rob, the Rocks and Valerie, our walk leaders.

Maria Jones

Gower rambles

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