Introducing…..the access team

Slightly earlier than you may have expected, we have a new update for you.  Rob, our man on the hill is now contributing to the blog about all the things that his access team are up to.

Meet and greet - PaD

Meet and greet volunteers at Pont-ar-Daf

It has been a busy summer carrying many guided walks from the height of the Beacons to the lowlands of Clytha, some in conjunction with the National park, some with walking festivals such as Monmouthshire, Hay, and we have done some with the Cambrian Mountains Society up on Abergwesyn, so if any of you have attended those walks many thanks for coming, there are still more this year, so please check our website or Walking Festival pages.

At the Pont ar daf the meet and Greet Wardens have been busy at the weekends and now weekdays advising walkers on best routes and what is on and about, so if you are around let them know, it is good to have some feedback.

Wish this rain would stop we might enjoy working out doors for a change, so instead of being covered in mud we can get a tan and be covered in that same colour, only it will not wash off that same day.

Working holiday 2012

The sun always shines for our working holidays?

Having said that, cannot believe it, last year you could count on your one hand the number of dry days we had working on the Beacons with Volunteers, this year we have had three weeks of working holidays and only three days of rain. It’s a pity the numbers in the groups have been down this year and we have been lacking in leaders to help run the camps “Any offers for next year”.
So far we have been able to stone pitch 100 square metres of path line this year and with 1 group remaining  and weather permitting we should pass 120 square metres.
I think I might have just put an X on the weather for this group, well at least 4 of them are returnees from last year and the year before and the year before, so they are used to rain, of course they will have me to blame.

Bagging stone

Access team bagging stone, making ready to fly.

We will be having an airlift the week of the 17th of September (weather permitting) up on the Central Brecon Beacons, the quarries on Cefn cwm Llwch to be precise.
The only problem is we have to locate, sort, gather, and shape 80 tons of stone.
65 tons will be for pitching the path up to Pen y Fan from Cefn cwm Llwch and 15 tons will be for building side ditches on the Pont ar daf this winter.
Once the stone has been sorted we will then place them in 1 ton dumpy bags and await the airlift.
All of this will take up to 1 month

See you on the hill,
Rob and the access team.