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.


Walkers come together upon losing one of their own and sadly this is the case with the recent sudden loss of Barbara Elizabeth Ann Palmer without whom Penarth and District Ramblers would not have been founded in the first place.

Hirwaun Common - BarbaraBack in 1993 Barbara along with some of her walking buddies from Cardiff Ramblers decided to try and form a new Ramblers group to cover Barry, Penarth, Sully, Wenvoe and Dinas Powys and after a public meeting was held at the Lee Hall in Dinas Powys on 30 March that year, the new group was formed under the title of the Eastern Vale Group, which soon became Penarth and District Ramblers.

Without doubt a lot of thanks are owed to the Cardiff leaders who readily led walks at the start as the new group were inexperienced both in the running of a group and in leadership, but that soon changed.

Barbara became the group Chairman until 1996 when she became footpath officer, a role which fitted her perfectly as she, the new Chairman Des Nellins and publicity officer Nick Fogg were becoming increasingly concerned about the state of the footpaths within the Vale of Glamorgan, many of which were totally unwalkable. Following this with Barbara’s help Valeways was formed, whose object is to promote and protect the public rights of way in the glorious Vale of Glamorgan and she became a Trustee. In the same year she began a series of path clearing walks with our group which she called ‘fossicking’ that often ended with lunch at the pub!

Barbara was something of a private person and preferred to carry out her recceing of walks alone, but she was a great lover of walking which she enjoyed sharing with others and had many spectacular holidays in remote locations, because of her interest in history and archaeology.

Those amongst us who have been members since the start will remember the great contribution Barbara made over the years including weekends away at Aberystwyth and Bala when she took the group up over Snowdon. She also led the group on a series of planned walks around the whole of the Gower Peninsula and around the long distance Valeways Millennium Heritage Trail, which opened in 2001 and which she helped to compile, along with a variety of map reading and compass trips. It is extremely sad to think that Barbara will not be joining the group in celebrating their 25th anniversary in March of this year which she would have loved.

Many of us over the years will have joined Barbara on her walks which were not only local but took in most of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Carmarthen Fans, Afan Argoed, the Sirhowy Valley, Rhymney Valley, Rhondda Valley, Neath Valley, Abercynon, Gnoll Park, Twmbarlwm, Ogmore Vale, Blackmill, Usk, Avebury, Margam, Rudry and Vaynor just to name a few of the interesting places she liked to visit.

Her recent short funeral was a Humanist led farewell as she was not a believer that had been pre-planned by her. With two lovely passages from Shakespeare and two pieces of classical music culminating in the stirring ‘Nimrod’ from the Enigma Variations, this very simple but moving goodbye, made to order with no frills was so typical of Barbara.

Our condolences are sent to her family on their sad loss, but this lady who has hung up her boots for the very last time will never be forgotten because of her total commitment to the love of walking.

Robin will lead a walk of 8.5 miles in the central beacons, graded Moderate/Hard. It will start from just near the Storey Arms, follow the Beacons Way to the top of Graig Cerrig Gleisiad and thence Fan Frynych, returning via Carno Woods and Y Gyrn. Meet Penarth Leisure Centre at 9.00 am.

Due to heavy rainfall with more to come this Sunday’s walk will now be around Barry and be about 5 miles in distance. Meet at Barry Dock Railway station car park at 10am.

Rachel has cancelled this walk due to the forecast for heavy rain and strong winds.

Extra Walk 22 October

On Sunday 22, meet 10am at Barry Dock Railway Station car park at Vale Council Dock Offices for a 6-mile moderate walk taking in the Valley of Stags at Llancarfan; contact Sheila V on 07932 523 415.

Changes to two walks

Sunday 17 September
A reminder that providing the weather looks OK (!), the walk Robin will be doing this Sunday is the walk originally planned for Sunday 10th September – a ridge walk in the Black Mountains to Rhos Dirion, over to Twmpa, down to Capel y Ffin, and then back up and over to Mynydd Du. This is 12 miles with nearly 3000 ft ascent and graded Strenuous… But if the weather cooperates, there will be outstanding views!

Saturday 23 September
Joy will now lead her Mitchel Troy walk will that was planned for the 24th on the 23rd instead.

On Saturday 26 August, meet 9.30am at Wenvoe Church for a 7.5-mile moderate walk taking in Wenvoe, the St Lythans and Tinkinswood burial chambers and St Nicholas; contact Sheila V on 07932 523 415.

This will be Sheila’s first outing as a leader so please come along and give her your support, it is a lovely walk.

Joy has added the following extra Thursday evening walks

    On Thursday 3 August, meet 6.30pm (note the start time please) at Rhoose Railway Station car park for a 3-mile easy walk taking in Rhoose village, the southernmost tip of mainland Wales and the quarries; contact Joy on 01446 737131.
    On Thursday 10 August, meet 6pm (note start time please) at the Gorsedd Stones off Romilly Park Road, at the rear of the park, for a 4-mile moderate walk taking in Cold Knap, the Old Harbour and The Quays; contact Joy on 01446 737131.
    And changed the start time of her Thursday 17 August walk to 6pm.

Saturday’s walk to Alderley has been cancelled and will now take place on the 16th September.