15 o deithiau cerdded o wahanol raddfeydd, sy'n mynd trwy leoliadau sy'n gyforiog o hanes. Yn ogystal â gwybodaeth gefndir, ceir disgrifiadau manwl o bob un o'r teithiau, gyda lluniau, brasluniau a gwybodaeth am y tirwedd. Mae'r teithiau yn eich tywys heibio i lefydd sy'n gyfoethog nid yn unig o ran tirwedd a golygfeydd, ond hefyd o ran treftadaeth a phobl, myth a chwedl.
15 one-day circular walks of varying degrees of difficulty, that pass through locations rich in Welsh history. In addition to background information, each of the walks is described in full with photographs, details of the terrain and sketch maps. The walks pass special places, which are rich not only in landscape and scenery, but also in heritage and people, myth and legend.
It seems to me that dedicated walkers and ardent amateur chefs have an essential trait in common: no matter how precariously 100 guide-books or cookery books are stuffed, teetering on shelves groaning beneath the weight, there is always room – sorry, a need – for just one more. And walkers in Wales could do a lot worse than to add Kevin Walker’s contribution to their library. Not only might it contain that one, unforgettable, not-to-be-missed walk of a lifetime, but they’re all circular, beginning and ending at a reasonable parking area. Circular walks are such a boon – no tedious retracing of your steps; no time-consuming, fuel-guzzling two-car ferrying; no struggling to decipher the local bus timetable, only to get to the end of your walk to find you’ve missed the last bus and are stranded in the middle of nowhere.
The 15 walks are clustered in two groups in south-east and north-west Wales, with two outliers, one on the south-western coastline of the Gower Peninsula and the other between Llanidloes and Machynlleth. According to Walker’s introduction, ‘while not one of these walks can be described as a long march of endurance, several demand a reasonable degree of stamina and a good working knowledge of mountaincraft skills’. Apart from providing sketch-maps, detailed written directions, and fascinating information on the history and legend associated with your route, Walker usefully specifies distance covered (ranging from seven to 21 kilometres), height gained, type of terrain covered, and any particular hazards you might come up against. Unfenced mine shafts; sudden, unexpected drops; slippery rocks and fast-flowing water, and ‘potentially tricky navigation’ might sound daunting, but the most commonly cited hazard is, of course, mud, whatever the season or the weather.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to check out any of Walker’s recipes in practice but they look good (plenty of accompanying photos) and sound tempting. Drovers’ roads and ancient trackways, Roman and prehistoric settlements, abandoned mine sites and hidden gorges – there’s plenty to whet the appetite.
Suzy Ceulan Hughes
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