The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

A tree, you say? Ah, but the Defynnog Yew is no ordinary tree… Hidden away in the hush of an overgrown churchyard in the little-known hamlet of Defynnog, near Sennybridge, is one of Britain’s greatest arboreal treasures. Said to be 5000 years old by those in the know, this mighty yew has supposedly been around since the Bronze Age, which, if true, would make it … Continue reading The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Walk length: 8km. What do a succession of medieval medics often attributed with being the forerunners of the NHS, Prince Charles and a boutique range of Welsh toiletries have in common? The unlikely answer lies in  – or, rather, scattered around – the sleepy hamlet of Myddfai on the northwestern fringes of the Brecon Beacons. A history of herbalists hereabouts… Sleepy today, perhaps. But back … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Traversing Pen y Fan the way no one goes

Walk Length: 8km (round trip via Fan Frynych) 24km (round trip via Fan Frynych + out-and-back to Pen y Fan). Ah, what could be more magical? Pen y Fan, highest point in the Brecon Beacons and in Southern Britain, on a cloudless late summer day when the yellows and greens of the stark moor stand out in glinting high definition and when you have a … Continue reading Traversing Pen y Fan the way no one goes