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The walk at Bryngarw has been cancelled due to the Met Office Amber Warning for heavy rain and high winds.

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The Narth – Trellech
Meet Barry Dock Railway Station car park at Vale Council Dock Offices (CF63 4RT) off Ffordd Y Mileniwm to car share for a 10.5 mile moderate walk in the rolling Countryside and Woods around Trellech
For more information contact walk leader Nick 01446 420 540

Tribute to Patch

Anyone who knows Penarth and District Ramblers footpath officer Geraint will also know his faithful companion Patch and it is with sadness we hear that they have taken their last walk together.

They say man’s best friend is his dog and many walkers will certainly agree with that sentiment.

From pup at Craig yr AlltGeraint often led walks with his young son Cai until the duo became a trio when Patch arrived on the scene and began to accompany them in March 2006.

This tri-coloured Border Collie became a firm favourite and wherever Geraint went, so did Patch and they were the best of buddies. Patch was handsome, loveable and obedient with eyes only for his master.

Following problems with arthritis in his legs Geraint retired him from active walking with the group and unfortunately more recently he developed kidney problems and lost his fight on Saturday 11 August.

To handsome adult dogSo we say a fond farewell to a much loved Patch, who was just as important to the group as his human companions and he will be sorely missed.

Joy Strangward
(Publicity Officer)

Thursday 2 August, meet 6.30pm at Cosmeston Country Park (Outside the visitor Centre) for a 4-mile easy/mod walk taking in Swanbridge and Lavernock beach: contact Joy on 01446 737131 (Grid Ref ST179690)

Thursday 9 August, meet 6.30pm at Wenvoe Church (Grid Ref ST121726) for a 4-mile easy/mod walk taking in St Lythans; contact Joy on 01446 737131.

John has had to move his Carmarthen Fans walk to the 25th July. Start time from Penarth Leisure Centre is now 07:00 due to the hot weather.

Join Joy on walk to the Knap and Barry Island from the Gorsedd Stones at the rear of Romilly Park, Barry. Start at 6:30pm for 4 mile Easy/Moderate walk.
Contact: Joy on 01446 737131 if you need further details.

All this years BBQ places have now gone.

Penarth and District Ramblers have lost another of their stalwart members as sadly on 31 May 2018 Val slipped away in hospital after a short illness.

Val HartreyVal was a founder member of the group and soon became a walk leader as well as organising social functions.

In May 1977 she became its Rambles officer, and then in April 2001 turned her talents to leading the group as its Chairman, taking over the reins from Des Nellins which was a task she ably carried out for fourteen years.

After stepping down and handing the chair over to Robin, in October 2015 she became the group secretary, a position she has remained in until now.

She was a very active member of Plaid Cymru, a Vale Councillor and served as a Dinas Powys Community Councillor and juggled the duties of Ramblers whilst carrying out a more important role within the community.

The group are always sad when one of their own is taken, but Val’s legacy will live on and she will be remembered for the contribution she made to the group, not only in its formation but in the years that have followed.

Her funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church, Dinas Powys at 12 noon on Thursday 14 June, when there will be a chance for those who knew her to say a fond farewell.

Our thoughts are with Mike her husband and the rest of her family to whom we send our condolences.

Joy Strangward (Publicity Officer)

On 30 March 1993, an invitation was offered in the press to a public meeting at the Lee Hall in Dinas Powys in order to form a new walking group to fill the space in between the Vale Ramblers and Cardiff Ramblers, taking in Barry, Penarth, Wenvoe, Dinas Powys and Sully, making three rambling groups in South Glamorgan.

It was a tall order and was formulated by Barbara Palmer and some of her pals from Cardiff Ramblers including Norman Slater, Nina Smith and Sheila Shepherd who formed the first steering group after the initial meeting attracted over 100 people.

The proposed new group was named the Eastern Vale Group and a three month walk programme led by members of the Cardiff and Vale groups went into print offering walks at Sennybridge, Brecon Beacons, Llanharan, Barry, Tredegar, Neath Valley, the Heritage Coast and Wenvoe.

It was a huge gamble and there were mutterings during the first six months that the new group which by July had been re-named Penarth and District Ramblers would not reach one year!

Penarth and District Ramblers BadgeBarbara became the Chairman, Geraint Thomas was Rambles Officer and Nic Fogg became its very enthusiastic Publicity Officer due to his journalistic background. He was the one who encouraged the group badge designed symbolically by Joy Strangward. The coastline from Penarth to Barry is shown with the blue of the sea indicating our coastal connection, and the five stones under the waymarker indicate the five areas the group serves. The arrow indicates the fact that OS maps face north and the plain waymarker post is an invitation to cross the stile to see where it leads.

Entering 1994, soon people came forward to lead walks and longer 6-month programmes were produced, nothing like the programmes you see today but it was a start.

The group continued to progress with walk reports in the press and exhibitions around the area to promote walking, plus social events to raise group funds with membership gradually growing.

Nina Smith introduced an ‘Adopt your Footpath’ scheme where members walked their chosen footpaths twice a year and reported any faults, whilst Barbara took members out on ‘fossicking ‘trips clearing local footpaths.

In 1995 when The Ramblers celebrated their Diamond Jubilee by walking the whole of the coastline of Wales, the group were honoured to be part of this achievement and a scroll was made with calligraphy from Joy Strangward and a message from Alan Howard, which was passed on and read out at the start of every walk both in the North and South of Wales.

Over the years there have been comings and goings on the committee with very positive leadership from Barbara, Des Nellins, Val Hartrey and our present Chair Robin steering the group onwards.

But the one person who steadfastly remains, his name was on the first committee formed and is still there, is our own Geraint Thomas who today is still as enthusiastic, hard-working and knowledgeable in his position as our Footpath Officer and deserves great praise.

We as a group must thank not only the hard working committee but especially our walk leaders who give their time and expertise for free and produce some fantastic walks for everyone to enjoy, without them we simply would not exist.

As we begin our 25th Anniversary year, which is also the Year of the Sea, I think you will agree that the next 6-month spring and summer programme is brilliant with its huge variety of walks that should interest everyone.

The 30th March 2018 marked the group’s 25th Anniversary and to celebrate there were two walks which attracted 41 people in all despite the threat of rain and a delicious lunch at the Blue Anchor in East Aberthaw for a group of 50.

The group extend their thanks to the Blue Anchor for their hospitality and James the Head Chef and his team for the delicious meals and fast and efficient service, making this a very special day.

So Happy Birthday Penarth and District Ramblers, long may you continue and all for the love of walking!

Joy Strangward
March 2018 (Publicity Officer)

Jan & John’s walk Daffodil Walk has been cacelled due to the weather. It will now take place on the 10th March replacing Joy’s walk in the Wye Valley. Meet at Barry Dock Railway station car park at 09:30am.