WYE

EXPLORER

Llandegley

Aberedw

Cwm Edw

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Fronoleu

Hergest

Mellowcroft

Rhulen

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Mountain or Region: Llandegley Rocks/Radnor Forest

Authority/District: Radnorshire

Length of River: 24KM 15 Miles from source

Other Wye Rivers in the Area: Lugg, Arrow, Ithon & Bachawy

Highest Peak: Llandegley Rocks 436 Meters 1,430 FT

Trails in the Area/intersecting the Wye catchment: Wye Valley Walk, Offa's Dyke, Epybt Way & Glyndwrs Way

Source Grid Ref: SO 133 613

The walk up to source has numerous rights of way. Once there you can enjoy views of the Radnor Forest and the Gwuenceste Hill range to the South East. The walk to the summit is short but affords you 360 degree views of the Ithon valley and the Cambrians beyond.

Maps Sheet Finder

Ordnance Survey 1.25,000 Sheet Map 200
Anquet 1.25,000 Digital Map 200

How to get there by bus

From Hereford catch the Sargeants bus into Kington asking for Llandegley. From Kington catch the Llandrindod Wells link and get off at Llandegley your closest access point to Llandegley Rocks and the start of the river. From Cardiff or the South catch the T4 into Llandrindod Wells. From there catch the Sargeants bus to Llandegley. From the North/Shrewsbury catch the X75 to Llangurig then the X47 to Llandrindod Wells. To get to Llandegley same as above.

There are many B&B’s and camp sites in the area but if intrepid enough you can always wild camp taking care to leave no trace. The walks and views on top of Llandegely Rocks of the Radnor Forest and Mid wales are superb.

How to get there by car/Edw

From the Midlands/Hereford take the A480 into Kington, then onto the A44 into Llandegley. You’ll have to be creative in your parking. Llandegley Rocks is easily accessible from the village. From Cardiff or the South take the A470 to Brecon. From Brecon take the B4520 into Builth Wells. From there take the A481 onto the A44 turning right for Llandegley. From the North Wrexham take the A483 into and out of Newtown until you reach the A44 at Crossgates. Turn left here and travel for a further 5KM until reaching Llandegley. Parking same as above. From Shrewsbury take the A458 onto the A483 into and out of Newtown until, same as above, you reach the A44 at Crossgates. Parking the same.

There are many B&B’s and camp sites in the area but if intrepid enough you can always wild camp taking care to leave no trace. The walks and views on top of Llandegely Rocks of the Radnor Forest and Mid wales are superb.

The Edw valley is easily navigable on foot and driving through the Edw valley to Aberedw at the mouth of the river is a real pleasure. (See map link for an idea)

The Source

Llandegley Rocks on the Southern Fringes of the Radnor Forest is a boulder strewn, craggy and rugged tor like ridge that rises to a height of 436 meters. Although more of a mighty bulging protuberance rather than a steep rocky precipice it is none the less a volcanic geological wonder that gives rise to the EDW a mountain waterway enriching to a vast swathe of Mid Wales.

Starting as a small pool and then a depressed channel where the water has softened the ground it flows in an Easterly direction through harsh hill country where farming, life and death merge as one perpetual element. It's not pretty here in your immediate vicinity but look around you far and wide and there you will find the triggers that stimulate your sense of awe whether it's in the site of a Red Kite above or in the distant ridge of Gwaunceste Hill to the South East where another of the Wye's tributaries rises namely the arrow.

Pine plantation on the East side of the ridge breaks up the desolate appearance of moor and mountain though your mind is consistently drawn back to the rocky environment in which you are in. it's visually impressive as is the sense of age, which the rocks emanate due to being deposited in the Middle Ordovician period (c. 465-455 million years ago). It's said that here among the volcanic rock trilobites can be found among an array of other creatures.

Pressing on we take photos of what's turning out to be a friendly outing on account of a night's stay at Mellowcroft the mountain retreat at the foot of Llandegley Rocks. Courtesy of Eddie and Kim and their little daughter Ellie it's a place with potential given its fantastic location at the source of the EDW.

EDW - Simply meaning 'MOUTH OF THE RIVER'

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A Thought occurred whilst out on the trail of the Edw and that was farmers had pride no matter their status.

Hiking through the valley between Cradle Rocks on the Craig Y Fudal (479 Meters) and Llan Fraith Hill (386 Meters) stands the farm 'Fronoleu' on the Left bank of the river to the left side of the road heading towards Aberedw.

Passing the farm your struck by these huge red woods standing proud at the entrance of the farm, which is not a grand estate or a wealthy spread by any means. Here though we're able to see how once poor hill farmers identified themselves. By planting two red woods many years ago they knew a grand statement relating to their farm and livelihood would eventually be made. They are indeed majestic and speak of the significance of the farm and its trade. A boost to one's self esteem.

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RHYTHM

The RHYTHM of life resounded at the heart of the river EDW. There at source existed a sound that was beyond faint or neglected to us or the people making it. Echoing the virtues of the waters we had come to know a song by a related name 'WELL OF THE WORLD' by Richard Marriot emerged out of two performers who had gathered together to practice and resonate their voices in celebration of both land and people. We didn't know they had come to practice and they didn't know we had come to walk a rivers course. In that moment on 'World Water Day' of all days the song 'WELL OF THE WORLD' was like magic heralding a meeting that was destined. Check out the meeting, the song and the EDW soundscape by Boneshaker and Araboushikha by clicking the Drum

Accomodation

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Besides the EDW Wild camp on Aberedw Rocks where basher and Nordisk served as shelter and Mellowcroft mentioned we employed Cwm Edw a two-bedroom cottage with living space, bathroom-toilet and shower and kitchen attached and front hall way. It has wooden panelling and that mountain retreat feel in the old part of Franksbridge a sleepy village in the heart of Mid Wales.

Accompanied by the River Edw right outside of the retreat the hospitality was second to none with the owner Priscilla calling and making us feel welcome but not before stocking up on bread, tea, coffee and milk. The burner was stocked with wood and could be replenished by way of the dry log pile below the retreat.

All in all it was a stress free week at Cwm Edw, which we were more than happy to leave spotless on account of the Grade A hospitality, price and service. Excellent!

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