Winter 2014-15

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GUIDED WALKS AND EVENTS WINTER 2014-15 Page 2 FEATURES Welcome to the Brecon Beacons Park Society Guided Walks and Events Programme for Winter 2014-15, we hope you enjoy it. Our two illustrated talks at The Bear feature speakers well-known to many of us for their knowledge of the history and geology of the Brecon Beacons National Park. In December Alan Bowring, the Fforest Fawr Geopark Development Officer, will tell us how the geology and the characters living in the Geopark and the wider National Park have shaped our cherished landscape. In February Arwel Michael will share his fund of knowledge and stories of the area he knows so well in his talk about life on Cribarth and Cwm Tawe through the ages. Thanks again to our volunteer walk leaders, we have a varied programme of Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday walks throughout the winter. Although you will find that the average length of walks over the winter months tends to be shorter than usual to allow for shorter daylight hours and uncertain weather, we do have a few more challenging walks of up to 15 miles. And for those who want to get out for a walk over the festive period we have guided walks on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The programme also includes the first of the Society’s contributions to the Crickhowell Walking Festival 28 th February to 8 th March 2015 – see page 14 for more details. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR CHANGES OR CANCELLATIONS OF WALKS This is particularly important during the winter months when severe weather may affect the walk itself or the roads to the start of the walk. Whenever possible, any changes will be added to the Guided Walks Programme page for the current month on the website www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org . You are strongly advised to check the Mountain weather forecast for the Brecon Beacons National Park before setting out for walks, on the Met Office website: www.metoffice.gov.uk . If in doubt consult the leader whose name and telephone number are given in the Guided Walks programme. Meeting places for the walks are given as a grid reference and the Ordnance Survey (OS) map number, plus a description of the meeting place. Information about Grid References is given in the key on OS maps, or you can view a video explaining how to use a grid reference on the OS website at http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2013/03/map-reading-skills-learn-how-to-use-grid- references/ (scroll down to the bottom of the page). Post codes are no help in country areas. They can be found by conducting an internet search for specific places such as a pub or village hall. If you would like to have a go at leading a walk, have an idea for a talk or event, or any comments or suggestions for improvement of the programme, please contact Anne (walks) tel: 029 2061 0397 or email anne@breconbeaconsparksociety.org Roger (events) tel: 01873 811539 or email rogerwhiteuk@hotmail.com

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