Over the summer 2016 season, we are planning a number of walks on Carningli, designed to show readers of the Angel Mountain novels what the landscape looks like -- with visits to some of the crucial story locations built in. So far, we have arranged two walks. The first was on 7th August and the second on 28th August. On each date, the starting time is 2 pm and the finishing time 5 pm. Charges: £5 for adults and £2 for children. The starting and finishing point is at SN 068370, the parking area on the side of Carningli, reached via the Cilgwyn Road and then the Dolrannog Road (shown as a "no through road"). All proceeds go to the Newport Community Library, in support of the band of brave volunteers who are battling to keep the library going in the face of Council cuts.
If you want to attend, there is no need to book or buy tickets in advance. Just turn up on the day. But please ensure that you are adequately dressed. Good stout footwear and warm waterproof clothing may just be needed. The terrain is rough, and the summit is very exposed. That having been said, the walks will be suitable for all ages, and are more in the nature of gentle rambles than mountaineering expeditions..........
With a bit of luck, the ravens will be in residence, although Mistress Martha will probably not be there!
At our discretion, the walks may be cancelled at the last minute if the weather is so extreme that conditions may be hazardous. In fact, the 28th August walk had to be postponed because there was thick fog enveloping the mountain -- we could not see further than about 10m in front of us. Very unusual.......
Guided Car Tours
Plans are afoot for accompanied tours, either using a minibus or visitors' own cars. A number of routes will be offered, and on this page we will set up an enquiry / booking system. Routes will to some degree be weather dependent, and will vary according to the size of the vehicle being used.
On a typical tour author Brian John will introduce participants to the landscapes that inspired the stories, and the historic places where various dramatic episodes are set. These include Nevern, Ty Canol Wood and Carnedd Meibion Owen, Newport and Parrog, Cwm yr Eglwys, Cwm Gwaun, Fishguard and Llanwnda; in many places, as we can see on this web site, the landscape has changed hardly at all since the eighteenth century.
On a typical tour we may not meet Mistress Martha Morgan (Rhiannon has her own life to lead!), but your guide will be author Brian John, who was for 20 years a stalwart of the National Park walks and talks programme, contributing more than 200 events. Brian will be ready to talk about the books and answer questions. Half day tours (4 hours) can be in a private vehicle or in a hired minibus.
Year of Legends
As many will know, 2017 has been designated as the "Year of Legends" by Visit Wales. The tourist industry across the country will be focussing on this as a theme, and Pembs CC, the National Park and Pembrokeshire Tourism will all be producing materials designed to encourage an interest in myths, legends and folk tales in the county. I have been happy to help with this through recording assorted "horrible histories" for children and through making my four folk tales books available via the web.
This is where the books can be found:
Pembrokeshire Folk Tales
The Last Dragon
Fireside Tales from Pembrokeshire
More Pembrokeshire Folk Tales
Talks, Readings and Discussions
We are working on a number of talks for the coming months. Watch this space for titles and locations.
We are working on a number of routes which visitors can follow on their own, or by travelling from one GPS location to another. Ultimately, we hope to move towards a system in which "culture beacons" are used, allowing visitors to use smartphones and iPads to access many types of information about locations, history and things that happened to Martha in the neighbourhood...........
Events Contact Form
This famous fell race, set up many years ago by Brian Llewelyn, starts and finishes near Crosswell. It's one of the great events of Martha Morgan Country -- but it's rather difficult to find out about it since there is hardly any publicity, and there is not even a mention of this year's race on the official web site. And there is less than a month to go......... anyway, the provisional date, so we gather, is Sat 27th August. The race is in commemoration of the Rebecca Riots and the tough men who worked the land and who took it upon themselves to fight the Turnpike Trusts and to get the law changed. There are two races, one for adults and the other for children. The pic below is from the children's race a few years ago. The first two men home in the adult race are required to dress up in female costume and to smash down a gate with an axe. Very difficult to do, when you are on your last legs........