Cwm Edw







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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.

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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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The RHYTHM of life resounded at the heart of the river EDW. There at source languished 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




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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, 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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