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Walking through History


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Walking through History 

Wales is famous for its castles and formidable mountain ranges, the beautiful coast and old market towns.

There is another Wales – hidden forgotten, undiscovered.

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From pre-history when the first hunter gatherers roamed the hills and forests, where Neolithic settlers honoured and buried their dead in incredible chambered tombs, where Bronze-age farmers laid out field systems in stone and where the warring Iron-age tribes created impressive ditch and bank enclosures on the high mountain tops, to the 19th Century, the landscape has been marked by man.

The coming of the Romans, the growth of Christianity and the great society of the Early Medieval period, followed a thousand or so years later by the Norman invasion and the battles of the Welsh Princes all have left their mark on our hills and valleys. Each county in Wales has its historic landscape features and Radnorshire, with its secret valleys and rolling wild hills has an abundance, many of national importance, many yet to be discovered or understood.

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Walking through History
takes you to some of these fascinating places, strange earth and bank structures, lost track ways, old and abandoned settlements, standing stones and breath-taking vistas out over an ancient and beckoning land. Take a gentle stroll or a more vigorous walk and let four thousand years of man's influence on the landscape imprint itself upon you, and you on it.

The walks are taken at a leisurely pace, not a route march! A small group enjoys the peace and beauty of the Welsh countryside, able to appreciate and enjoy the scenery and the views on route.

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All the walks are led by Stuart Fry – a landscape historian and tutor of countryside management and craft skills. Stuart holds a Masters Degree in Historical Landscape Studies and is the curator of a mobile farm history museum. Stuart has a love of the hills of Radnorshire and their history and a great ability to pass on his knowledge and enthusiasm. 



Ideal for Small Groups

Something different for a special occasion or just for a group of like minded people. Dates by arrangement. Minimum of 6 people - maximum 10 people.

Normally the days are from Ty Gwyn but they can be based in another area of Mid Wales by arrangement.

Please call to discuss dates, numbers and costs.

At the start of the day whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with homemade cake, Stuart will give the background to what you will see on the walk. Then it's boots on and away. You will stop for a locally prepared buffet/picnic lunch and then you continue the walk to arrive back at Ty Gwyn  in time for afternoon tea.

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Overnight accommodation which is extra is available either at Granary Cottage or The Straw Cottage on a self catering basis or bed and breakfast accommodation is available at one of the local farms which are within a mile of Ty Gwyn

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Level of fitness

You should be capable of walking over uneven and hilly ground for several hours and climbing over stiles. The pace of the walk will allow time to simply stand and stare and soak in the landscape and history you are seeing

What to wear and bring

You will need good comfortable walking boots and suitable clothing for the weather, it can be chillier on the open hills – so bring layers that you can take on or off according to the weather. Binoculars and cameras are a good idea.

Travel

For those wishing to travel by public transport, we can arrange collection from Llandrindod Wells station or bus stop.

 

Granary Cottage

Guestbook

The Ultimate Brain De-Tox! This was our second visit to the Straw Cottage at totally different times of the year and both occasions were absolutely brilliant. The total absence of traffic and general town noise was a total delight. The burbling of the stream and melodic chirping of the birds almost meditative. As last time the cottage was superbly well stocked with all your needs for a peaceful treat and the hosts fabulously friendly and very helpful. Margot's anti-rain dance also worked a treat! If you keep a watch mid morning and afternoon at the tree with the swing to the side then you might be lucky enough to spot the resident tree-creeper. Also keep the veranda table well stocked all day with peanuts and you will keep a pair of nuthatches very happy. Fabulous stay, many thanks.

Steve & Nikki

The Straw Cottage

“It was great to have Stuart leading the day. He has immense knowledge plus an ability to communicate his understanding and enthusiasm to the audience. I find it easy to learn when someone like him can bring the subject to life and he’s really entertaining too.
The combination of an enjoyable walk through a picturesque and tranquil valley and the company of like-minded people made for an unforgettable day.
As we walked slowly up the hill, Stuart would explain why the farms were located where they were and he would bring to life the desperately hard lives that the families would lead as they toiled away with their animals on a remote hillside. It gave me a whole new perspective on the landscape, explaining why things were built in a certain way or in a particular place and how they link into everything else around them. I will now go back and look at my home county of Derbyshire with a whole new perspective.”  Rick and Pat from Derbyshire