Wales

I hope you had a good weekend. I went to the Gwaun Valley in North Pembrokeshire to launch the 3rd Preseli Walking Festival on Saturday afternoon.

Around 50 people turned up for a short circular walk led by writer and geologist Dr. Brian John.

Brian shared his knowledge of the area and explained the history of the route. Fortunately, the weather was kind to us, fine and warm with hazy sunshine.

After the walk we enjoyed a cream tea at the Gelli Fawr Hotel in Pontfaen.

The month long festival during May offers a huge choice of walks for all ages and abilities, from two mile rambles for the whole family to 17 mile navigation treks across the blue stone hills for experienced walkers.

The festival links together many other events and festivals taking place across North Pembrokeshire during May.

It begins with the Newport Bay Spring Festival and ends with the Fishguard Folk Festival but there are also events taking place in St. Dogmael's and Maenchlochog.

Find out more at the www.experiencepembrokeshire.com

On Sunday, I climbed to the top of Carn Ingi and enjoyed wonderful views over Newport. I've been to Pembrokeshire several times but this was my first visit to the Gwaun Valley which is a hidden gem and I hope to go back one day soon and explore the area further.

The weather over the next few days looks largely dry with high pressure close by and some warm sunshine too.

However, some coasts and hills in the south and west will be cooler with low cloud, mist and spots of drizzle.

On Thursday and Friday, it looks like it will turn cooler and fresher with a few showers.

At the moment, the Bank Holiday Weekend looks chilly with some sunshine and a risk of ground frost.

Derek

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