- Trip Outline
This walk in the Doethie valley, one of the finest in Mid-Wales takes us deep into the rugged, remote country known as Elenydd and traverses some of the Cambrian Way. This is upland walking at its very best.
We meet at the isolated chapel of Soar-y-Mynydd deep in the Cambrian Mountains. Grid Ref: 784533. Car parking is available around the chapel.
This isolated chapel is reached by following the mountain road out of Tregaron for about 6 miles to reach the second red telephone kiosk and then taking the right fork here along a minor road marked for Soar-y-Mynydd. The chapel is a 19th century Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapel which has even had the honour of a visit from a former American President!.
We head off along a Forestry Commission road through a farm gradually climbing to cross several streams which drain this high mid wales plateau. We cross a broad ridge and then descend steeply into the Doethie valley where the views are simply magnificent. From here at a path junction near Nant Lluest Fach we head into the best section of the walk following the Afon Doethie as it winds its way through this exquisite steep sided valley for about 2 miles.
This area is a haven for wildlife and played a key role in successfully re-establishing the red kite. Eventually we reach the junction with the Old Drovers road coming from Llanddewwi Brefi and can follow this back to the chapel. This area was once the haunt of one of Wales most famous drovers, there are stories to tell!.
This is a circular 8 mile (12km) walk in a very remote moorland setting that can be boggy. Sturdy footwear and trousers are advisable due to some paths being rocky and others covered in thick bracken. The walk will take 5 hours.
Do search the programme for other great events!