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Wye Valley Bluebell Wander, Sat 27th April 2024

What a day to remember with the Merthyr Valley Ramblers! Led by yours truly, we embarked on a journey through nature's spring tapestry from The Old Station in Tintern. With a merry band of 10, including the return of our dear friends Hester and Sarah, we set off under a brooding sky. But fear not, Paddy's luck held firm, and not a drop disturbed our spirits as we strolled beneath the sheltering boughs of the ancient woodland. Our path traced the old railway line to Brockweir Bridge, then onto the enchanting trails of the Wye Valley Walk. Through Coed Beddick and into the heart of Botany Bay, we were greeted by a sea of bluebells, a vibrant carpet beneath the budding canopy. The journey led us to Bargain Wood's breathtaking viewpoint, offering a panorama of the Wye Valley that refreshed the soul. Onward we trekked to Cleddon, where the waterfall's hypnotic dance captivated us all. Lunch among the bluebells in Cuckoo Wood was a scene from a fairy tale, a moment of tranquility and beauty. As we ventured forth, crossing the Bigsweir Bridge, the stately Bigsweir House caught our gaze, and the air was rich with the scent of wild garlic. Our path wound downriver, past weirs and through the embrace of the Offa's Dyke Path, until Brockweir Bridge welcomed us back. Ten miles of laughter, conversation, and awe-inspiring sights. To all who joined, your company was the heart of this adventure. And to those reading this, why not be a part of our next chapter?