Valeways Newsletter Summer 2014


Valeways Newsletter - Summer 2014

“Valeways is a remarkable organisation which is helping to open up our beautiful county to visitors as well as to local people who want to enjoy short or long walks led by experienced and trained volunteers.”
Jane Hutt AM Vale of Glamorgan

The 5th Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival had all the ingredients to make it yet another rousing success – interesting and varied walks devised by committed Walk Leaders from Valeways, Vale and Penarth Ramblers, Atlantic College, Llanblethian Community Council, Vale Heritage Coast and Hub Cowbridge and of course - GOOD DAY SUNSHINE! The launch of the Walking Festival, hosted by Jane Hutt, took place at Barry Island Station on Friday 30th May, and was attended by all the Vale mayors as well as supporters and volunteers. Thank you Jane!



This photo, showing Jane Hutt AM accompanied by Vale Mayors Coun Howard Hamilton, Vale County Borough; Coun Jeff Evans, Barry; Coun Martin Turner, Penarth; Coun Peter Knapp, Cowbridge and Coun Mick Mason, Llantwit Major is reminiscent of the famous photograph of the Beatles crossing the road outside the Abbey Road Studios – taken 45 years ago!


This year’s Festival, running from Thursday, 29 May to Sunday, 1 June recorded that 300 walkers participated, with all 25 walks taking place. Many commented on the variety of walks and also on the efforts Walk Leaders made to offer themed walks to provide an added experience.


A walk around Barry Island in the company of two World War 1 Museum volunteers provided a fascinating insight into the role Barry played in both World Wars. It was suggested that the first shot fired in anger during the First World War, apart from the one received by Archduke Ferdinand, was fired off the coast of Barry! The World War 1 theme was extended with a walk around Ewenny. The memorial plaque at Ewenny Priory commemorating the death of four brothers in different parts of the world provided a poignant reminder of the ravages of war.


On a lighter note, many congratulations to the Gileston Walkers who fought brambles and fields of rapeseed crops and to the Glamorgan Ramblers, who battled through ankle deep mud and flooded fields with fortitude and good spirit!

Well done also to the Tim who led his group to safety, managing to avoid all mines strategically laid along their route by inquisitive cows; thus alleviating the fears of some who thought they would be there for hefer and hefer.


LADY MUD ON ‘ER – undeterred by the conditions on the Castle, Court & Wells Walk.


Our Walk Leaders have compiled yet another interesting and varied Walk Programme for the Summer. Whilst a number of walks invite us to explore the beautiful countryside there is opportunity to enjoy the views along our coast – look out for the MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR walks named ‘Hidden Gems’ and ‘The Ancient Equinox’.

OBLA-DI-OBLA-DA – ‘Awn am Dro’

Amongst some of our favourite walks is another welcome addition. ‘Awn am Dro’ is a new family walk designed for Welsh speakers and learners. The group will meet outside Cowbridge Library at 9.30am every third Tuesday of the month.



A close encounter witnessed on the road to ‘The Hidden Vale’.


Another exciting addition is ‘Walk and Click’. Once a month, Mark will lead walks around familiar routes and will provide useful advice to promising photographers. We look forward to seeing your efforts in our ‘Photo of the Month’ Competition! Don’t forget your cameras!

CAROL (Cover version recorded live at BBC 1963)

As a result of financial cuts Carolyn now works an eight hour week (rather than EIGHT DAYS A WEEK!) and is available in the office Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10am to 2pm. Messages can always be left on the answer machine and will be answered as soon as possible. Carolyn has also agreed to carry out most of her other duties on a voluntary basis. Thanks Carolyn!


The uncertainties surrounding the future of Valeways have led us to have the first of many late ‘Spring Cleaning’ sessions. As all documents, records and correspondences have been kept and filed since 1996 this is no mean task! Mike Edwards, Valeways Trustee has kindly started the work and was heard murmuring the classic … ‘I would finish much quicker ‘WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS’!


Our ‘Walk and Clear’ programme continues every Tuesday 10.30 to 12.30 along the LONG AND WINDING ROADs of the Vale. New volunteers will be welcomed with open arms as the growing season is upon us.

…and finally …


IT’S ALL TOO MUCH! So all we can say is – HERE COMES THE SUN! (we hope!)



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