So, to a Caerphilly. A South Wales town only a short distance north of Cardiff. An area I’d never visited and not one I would’ve considered exploring, when looking for a day walk of reasonable distance and duration.
Naturally, I’d be drawn further north to the mountains… But Matt (who always leads good walks) had devised a thirteen-mile route through the woods that we were destined to follow.
It had been about a year since my previous walk beginning at Castle Combe. Which also happened to be a walk led by Matt B. from Brunel Walking Group.
This isn’t a part of Wiltshire I visit very often, although I’ve completed several solo walks within the locality. Given the opportunity for the ‘annual’ return and to walk with others, I decided to get involved and attend.
This was the first group walk of 2018 that I’d attended. Part of my inspiration for that was in the fact that we’d be heading to the Black Mountains in Wales… Although, technically, we’d also be passing through the Brecon Beacons National Park.
It was the first time that Sarah would be leading a walk by herself. She was one of three other participants (along with myself) who spent the weekend in the Brecon Beacons back in November, as part of a walk leading and navigational training exercise.