GeoFest 2019

Fforest Fawr Geopark invites you to take part in the Geopark Festival in 2019. This year sees a programme of walks, talks and other events running from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June.

Please mark the dates in your diary and return to this page as we add details of events over the next few weeks. Book your place on walks by phoning the Geopark Officer on 01874 620415 or drop a line to:

enquiries (at) fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk

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For all walks, don’t forget to pack these essentials:

  • a picnic lunch for all day walks
  • something hot/cold to drink
  • emergency rations (chocolate bars etc)
  • appropriate weatherproof gear – you often need to pack not just sun-cream and a sun-hat but also a rainproof jacket and over-trousers for a day in these hills!
  • spare warm clothing – multiple layers work well.  Avoid jeans!
  • camera, binoculars, walking poles etc as required
  • appropriate footwear – generally that means walking boots

Dogs – or rather their owners! – should note that well-behaved dogs are welcome on some walks. However they are restricted from others since the festival takes place during the nesting season and many walks cross open moorland and/or nature reserves where the presence of a dog can disturb birds, and indeed livestock. By law, any dog on access land must be on a short lead between 1st March and 31st July.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are FREE but we would ask for a donation to help offset our costs in putting on this programme. Suggested donations are £5 for an all day walk and £3 for a half day walk. Many thanks!

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Wednesday 29th May 2019        10am – 4pm

Family Activity Day at Craig-y-nos Country Park

Firmly established in the GeoFest calendar now, a fun day out including canoeing, craft stalls, geocaching, zip-wire and hands-on activities for children. Rocks, wildlife and archaeology.

We shall also be celebrating Fforest Fawr’s current involvement in the Atlantic Geoparks project which brings together Geoparks from around Europe’s western fringes.

And as part of the development of the country park as the new ‘hub’ for the Geopark during 2018/19, we will be launching the new Geopark presence on the terrace.

  • Venue: Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley SA9 1GL (OS grid ref SN 840155)
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: FREE but parking charge of £5/car or £10/minibus

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Thursday 30th May 2019       11am – 4pm 

Craig Cerrig-gleisiad: 

Join botanist Charles Hipkin, zoologist Michael Isaac and Geopark officer, Alan Bowring on a tour of the national nature reserve at Craig Cerrig-gleisiad near the head of Glyn Tarell. Don’t forget a packed lunch and drinks.

  • Meet: lay-by off A470 below Craig cerrig-gleisiad (free parking) (OS grid ref SN 971222)
  • Time: 11.00am -4.00pm
  • Distance: 4km / 2.5 miles
  • Ascent: 290m / 950ft
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Cost: FREE

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Wednesday 5th June 2019       10.00am – 4.30pm

Explore Nant Crew with the National Trust

A walk with NT ranger Huw Barrell up Nant Crew, passing many lovely waterfalls, to Blaen Crew and Craig Gwaun Taf before following Craig y Byllfa and Cefn Crew back down to the reservoir.

  • Meet: A470 lay-by by Cantref Reservoir, just south of Nant Crew bridge (OS grid ref SN 994 162)
  • Time: 10am -4.30pm
  • Distance: 9km / 5.6 miles
  • Ascent: 450m / 1500ft
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Cost: FREE

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Thursday 6th June 2019       1pm – 5pm      NOTE NEW TIME!

Cribarth: quarries and crags, folds and fractures

Join Geopark officer, Alan Bowring on a tour of Cribarth, the limestone ridge overlooking Craig-y-nos Country Park. We’ll explore some of the miles of tramroads, old quarries and limekilns, witness the passage of glaciers and much more on the National Park’s most interesting hill!

  • Meet: Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley SA9 1GL (P&D parking) (OS grid ref SN 840155)
  • Time: 1.00pm -5.00pm
  • Distance: 6km / 4 miles
  • Ascent: 290m / 950ft
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Cost: FREE

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Friday 7th June 2019        10am – 4.30pm

Cairns of Cefn Car THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER FORECAST

For this walk, we return to some hillsides east of the Taff which we last visited nearly a decade ago to view Bronze Age burial cairns,  mediaeval house platforms and ancient ‘wandering walls’ (What’s a ‘wandering wall’? Come along and find out!) And besides the archaeology, we’ll take a look at the ecology and geology too – so expect rocks and moorland, curious holes and wild modern-day inhabitants!  So, the weather is denying me the chance to find out – what is a wandering wall then!? Follow this link for some idea but don’t expect a definitive answer!

  • Meet: southernmost lay-by beside Llwyn-on Reservoir off A470 (OS grid ref SO 009118)
  • Time: 10am – 4.30pm
  • Distance: 9km / 5.5 miles
  • Ascent: 280m / 900ft
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Cost: FREE

 

Book your place on walks by phoning the Geopark Officer on 01874 620415 or drop a line to:

enquiries (at) fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk