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September 30th Llanwrtyd Wells Wanderers Walk September 30, 2013

Our Wednesday Wanderers Walk  led us to Llanwrtyd Wells . It’s getting quite tricky to find suitable walks for   us as Jim’s knees can’t stand the  walking! So not a good start really. However, I found a great website  www.leapingstiles.co.uk  with a number of walks which were graded and gave excellent descriptions of the walks.

The walk was as described ‘Easy though can be wet and muddy at times’ .

Walking lets you enjoy the scenery, meet interesting folk to chat to and also one sees the history of the place  at close hand.

We reached the Dol-Y-Coed Hotel building which was originally a country house built in 1537.  When the spas were discovered it changed into a hotel  and was very important in the development of Llanwrtyd  as a spa town.

 

Llanwrtyd is the smallest town in Great Britain.[citation needed] In contrast to its past history as a spa town, when hundreds flocked to take the ‘waters’ for their ‘medicinal effects’, the area is now more well known for its pony trekking, mountain biking, walking and bird watching together with its annual Man versus Horse Marathon, Beer Festival and World Bog Snorkelling Championship. Llanwrtyd Wells' largest employer Charcroft Electronics[8] is located in buildings which were previously the Dol-y-Coed Hotel. The hotel, situated on the banks of the River Irfon, dates from about 1535. Unlike many small towns in rural Wales, Llanwrtyd Wells still has a passenger train service. Heart of Wales Line trains running between Swansea and Shrewsbury call four times a day each way Monday to Saturday and twice each way on Sunday -Wikipedia

Llanwrtyd is the smallest town in Great Britain.[citation needed] In contrast to its past history as a spa town, when hundreds flocked to take the ‘waters’ for their ‘medicinal effects’, the area is now more well known for its pony trekking, mountain biking, walking and bird watching together with its annual Man versus Horse Marathon, Beer Festival and World Bog Snorkelling Championship. Llanwrtyd Wells’ largest employer Charcroft Electronics[8] is located in buildings which were previously the Dol-y-Coed Hotel. The hotel, situated on the banks of the River Irfon, dates from about 1535.
Unlike many small towns in rural Wales, Llanwrtyd Wells still has a passenger train service. Heart of Wales Line trains running between Swansea and Shrewsbury call four times a day each way Monday to Saturday and twice each way on Sunday -Wikipedia

River Irfon

River Irfon

 

We followed the path at the side of the River   meeting flocks of sheep and  seeing   and hearing many different birds.   We reached Llanwrtyd Church, St David’s  and admired the beautiful view of the Irfon valley before we went inside

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Inside the lovely church there was a wooden statue and a recent wooden carving of St David.  William Williams , Pantycelyn the hymn writer  was the curate here 1740 to 1742.

 

This plaque was on the wall with the remarkable inscription.

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I think if you click the picture it will make it bigger to read…I hope so!!

 

 

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We walked back along the other side of the river back into town. We didn’t have a coffee anywhere as it was half day closing!  We saw the huge  kite statue in the centre of the town before we headed home after a wonderful walk.

 

 

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