Leading Walks for Fair trade

Leading Literature walks for Fair Trade March 2017

Saturday March 11th walk where poet Idris Davies walked.

The walk is a 4 mile circular

Meet at Rhymney Library car park

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The walk will start from his home

7 Victoria Road, Rhymney.

Fairtrade campaigners, poets and walkers will be coming together on Saturday 11th March for a walk in the footsteps of legendary Rhymney poet Idris Davies.
The walk is part of the 2017 International Festival of Fair Trade Walks, which this year has “Literary Links” as its theme.
Walks include one in the footsteps of Wordsworth in the English Lake District, and one following a trail in Lebanon following the famous writers of Basinkta. The festival was launched in Wales on St David’s Day, with a Bananas and Bards walk in Swansea, which involved poets and Fairtrade supporters handing out free poetry books and Fairtrade food samples in the city centre.
Local writer Julie Ann Pritchard will be leading the walk. Known as The Walking Poet, Julie has pioneered a series of walks locally highlighting the landscapes of Valleys writers.
Phil Broadhurst from Fair Trade Ways Wales, who are overseeing the Welsh walks in the International Festival said : “I think Idris Davies would be proud to be involved in an international festival highlighting the need for people to support fair trading systems throughout the world. He was very much a man who understood issues of fairness and justice. He was also a truly great writer and so any opportunity to raise his profile with new generations is a good thing.”
The walk is open to everybody, with free Fairtrade bananas and chocolate, courtesy of the Co-Op, who are sponsoring the festival, being given to all walkers.
Meet at Rhymney Library from 10.30am for a 4 mile circular walk starting from Idris Davies’ home in Victoria Road, just by the library, at 11am.


Information on the Idris Davies walk below.


Idris Davies was born in the town of Rhymney 1905

“And now the moor is silent,

with rougher winds to freeze

the lips of a Rhymney poet making bargains with the breeze.

taken from Idris Davies poem

“Waun Fair”

Looking down on the town of Rhymney

church bells sat in the middle.


Idris Davies home 7 Victoria Road, Rhymney.


“Oh what would you give me?

said the sad bells of Rhymney”

from “Gwalia Deserta”


Carno Bridge


Following the River Rhymney


Walk paths of wonder


To the top of Bute Town and twisted history.


I am enjoying the view of the beautiful Rhymney Valley

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Reading Idris Davies book

downloadIdris's book“That is what is so fascinating about the Valleys of South Wales. You can walk miles along rough hills and moors, have great winds blowing around and almost believe that you are leagues and centuries away from modern industrialism”

Idris Davies from his book

“I was born in Rhymney”


The walk is a circular, with a song from a river through sweet-smelling   meadows and past industrial history.

Call in the Farmers Arms, Rhymney

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Step back in time in The Farmers arms, just like it was in Idris’s day.

Waterfall Country Glyn Neath Sunday January 10th



Dear Reader,

The weather was cold and damp and driving over the top of Gelligaer and Merthyr common I could see snow in the distance. Met with my dear friend Amanda Birch and her lovely dog Sam, Amanda is a keen walker like myself. We met in Amanda’s neck of the woods Glyn Neath. We followed the River Neath to Pontneddfechn Falls. A river walk that led to amazing waterfalls. The path was good despite the awful rain we have had. The river sang a lament. We came across water being diverted from old mine shafts.


On we walked chatting away, we are both good talkers and had lots to say. The river was now roaring and foaming the spray from the river’s breath was invigorating.


We noticed catkins were out in full colour but I know a hard winter is around the corner.


The path was now slippery underfoot but the scenery was spectacular.



Sgwd Gwladys falls was truly wonderful. Standing on the ledge breathing in the waterfall, I love nature.


As we made our way back clouds gathered and brought sleet with it.


It was a great two half hour walk with excellent company.

The start of the walk was Glyn Neath SA11 5NR information centre opposite the Angle pub.


Found some photos of me when I walked part of Ireland 2013

I walked Ireland August 2013 here are some of my photos and memories of that wonderful journey.

Glenveagh National Park, County Donagal. Was where I saw my first Eagle a pair was introduced from Scotland I spied the pair of them circling, swaying to the tune of the wind on a metallic coloured sky, it was a truly remarkable moment.

Mist enticing you in on a mill-pond lake.


photo of one of the many streams cascading


Giant’s Causeway Antrim, did not impress me at all, it was full of Japanese tourist who all owned square flat cameras (I know now they are called tablets but back in 2013 I did not) It was a steep path down to the Causeway but full of friendly people along the way to distract you from the height. It was a very busy tourist place I would not like to visit again.



Went to Rathlin island, the most Northern inhabited island off the Northern coast of Ireland. I walked the whole of the island on a blue path lined with heather.


I noticed a very strong community spirit on the island, I came across the Bards chair with Seamus Heaney’s poem.


I spent a day in Derry it was very sad but interesting, I walked over the bridge of Peace.


I went in to Derry, I visited the museum. It seemed strange to have grown up with the troubles be it in Wales but I am Irish descent and I was fully aware of what was going on. All my schooling was catholic (I am of no faith now) I was bullied in the late 60’s and early 70s at the height of the troubles because of my catholic green uniform. I stood out like a sore thumb in Ely, Cardiff. Reason being there was only one catholic junior school and one catholic comprehensive, in the whole of Ely. I was called IRA scum, stones thrown at me by children who went to a different school to mine, it always puzzled me. Yet when I toured Derry it broke my heart, though the situation is more peaceful now than ever. I sensed a strong sadness and a terrible loss yet there was strength and the need to move forward.
I left Derry for Dublin where my grandmother was born and made my way by coach, it was long journey but I had good company. The corner of Red Cow Lane where my Nan lived.Photo0051

I stayed in a youth hostel in the centre of Dublin. I had no choice it was a Friday night in August and I found it impossible for me to find somewhere to stay. off loaded my back pack and made my way to Cobblestone pub on the corner of Red Cow Lane, to read my poetry unannounced. After being told to Feck off four times by the host of the evening I did not give up. The host realised I was from Wales not New South Wales. I was allowed to perform, it was a great moment, photo of the musicians in Cobblestones. The crack was one I will never forget.Photo0052

Me looking refreshed from the end of my journey walking Ireland and before I read my poetry.





Themed walks with Go Green 4 Health

I was happy to have linked up with Go Green 4 Health to lead walks with a theme.

Tuesday 17th November 1pm 3pm. Walking around Caerphilly Castle with Go Green 4 Health and Stroke Association. I will be story telling and performing poetry. Meeting 1pm at Caerphilly Band Stand CF83 1JD

Wednesday 2nd December 1pm to 3pm. Will be walking with Go Green 4 Health and Alzheimer’s Society around Parc Penallta. Story telling and performing poetry. Meeting 1pm at Parc Penallta, Nelson Car park A472

Friday December 4th 11am to midday. Winter warmer walk Nelson cycle trail. I will be leading the walk and telling winter tales along the way. Meeting 11am Nelson Institute Nelson library CF46 6NF

From this I am hoping to lead weekly walks for both Stroke Association and Alzheimer’s Society.

Walking with Go Green 4 Health last Tuesday 17th November. We walked around Caerphilly Castle.

Where I told my Red Gilbert Story (Gilbert De Clare) Owner of  Caerphilly Castle. Did you know the Castle took just 3 years to build? The South Eastern Tower known as the Welsh leaning tower of Pisa, was not because of a massive battle but sadly from subsidence.

The weather was awful but the company was great.  Performing in front of a wonderful audience.




Walking has many health benefits not just physical but mentally and spiritually.

Walking in the fresh, air bird song everywhere, meeting new friends. Conversation Talking, listening learning. Growing and glowing with health. Seize the opportunity and come walking with me.

My Walks.

Welcome to my home page.


I am an experienced walker and I am CRB checked. I have walked throughout the UK and Europe.  However I specialise in walks throughout Wales. In the past I have led walks for Gelligear Ramblers and was foot path officer for South East Wales.I have walked with people who have Alzheimer’s and led walks for Gofal.

I have been walking for over 25 years and recently completed part of the Camino walk. In the past I have walked parts of the Republic of Ireland and County Antrim.North Wales, including Snowden,West Wales, Devon and Cornwall and so on. I walk every week with several groups in the local area, walking and hiking spectacular mountains of the South Wales valleys. I am a trained walker with map reading skills.


Walking has many health benefits,

it creates happy endorphins,

to be out with nature is a joy,

not just physically but mentally and spiritually.

Photos  of some of the walks I have walked

 The beautiful Rhymney, Darran Valley and West Wales

Carradoc Bridge, Bargoed Mountain

Above Carradog Bridge, Bargoed Mountain. Photo by Julie Pritchard
Rainbow over Bargoed Mountain


Lane leading to Gelligaer Common


Walking with nature with the sun

shadowing your back,

with bird song to lighten your mood,

big skies above to brighten your day.

big skies adore the Welsh Valleys. photo by Julie Pritchard

Colours of Winter in Bargoed Country Park 


silver sea scenes of West Wales.


Round every corner there is beauty waiting to be explored.


Other side of Solva West Wales


Evening walks

Wednesday February 10th at 4 30pm I left the house for an evening walk. I cannot walk over my meadow it is to boggy so I walk the road way. Past Heol Ddu school and on to Gelligear common. I capture the wild ponies eating grass, yes grass not hay. The wild ponies have been on Gelligaer and Merthyr common for hundreds of years. I have been watching and walking among the wild ponies for 23 years. Last year a man to pity on them and decided to feed them hay. My common use to smell so sweet all the year round now hay has replaced the sweet smell.


I am making my way to St Gwladys Cross it is bitter cold but I love this weather.

Photo4498 I sit on the surrounding wall of this historical site and ponder and I noticed how busy the road are now, busy with to many cars. It never use to be like this.

5pm I watch the sun go down.


I look towards Bargoed and see night calling


Make my way home