Walking, Talking: Conversations on the Land – May 6th & 7th 2023


Date: May 6th & 7th 2023

Location: Perthi Crwn, Llanthony Valley. Brecon Beacons National Park, NP7 7NE [England/Wales Borderland]

Cost: £230 [includes lunch on both days]

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Looking with new eyes, walking the beauty of the Black Mountains and talking with interesting experts. This weekend is about more than simply covering the miles. Expect two good long walks in stunning environs but as important are good, interesting conversations on some of the dilemmas that face us on our 21st century landscape.

We’ll be with a farmer, who is working with nature to build a system that regenerates the land and improves the quality of life for everything involved. And with a PhD environmentalist looking at trees and landscape.

A weekend for any women who are active, open and curious to get ‘up close and personal’ with these issues.

Weekend Content:

Two good walks lie at the heart of this weekend but seeing things differently and becoming aware of what is happening and has happened and why in our landscapes is central to our walks.

On Saturday we will be walking some of the beautiful lesser-known hill landscapes in the Black Mountains taking in ancient trees, hill forts and one of the most beautiful tiny churches in the area dating from 1060 and high up in the hills.  We’ll have Dr Jenny Knight with us who specialises in landscape and change and whose PhD has been on trees and natural flood management. We will return for tea, cake and chat at the end of the walk.

On Sunday we head for the higher hills and walk one of the most spectacular ridges in the Black Mountains. We start with Ed Dickinson who farms close by. Ed is farming with nature to build a system that regenerates the land and improves the quality of life for everything involved. His goal is to produce food that is better for people and for the environment. We walk Ed’s land with him and talk about some of the challenges he faces as well as the delights he’s discovered.

We will provide lunch on both days: we lay out all the ingredients for your packed lunch for you to put together in the morning according to your personal preference. Those of you who have been before know that we believe in good, healthy nutritious food. We cater vegetarian with vegan options.

Further details for the weekend will be sent out closer to the event and after booking.

Can I come on my own? Absolutely. There will be other participants who have booked solo and it’s something we encourage. It can sometimes be hard to book on your own, but you’ll have a very warm inclusive welcome on this weekend if you do.

Where: We will be based to start and finish at Perthi Crwn barn, Cwmyoy – this is Ruth’s base in the Black Mountains. The approximate closest postcode is NP7 7NE. Arrival details are included in the further information that you’ll receive closer to the date. The closest train station is Abergavenny which has good connections via Newport to London.

Accommodation: We have updated and re-done our accommodation list which we’ll send out when you book. There are plenty of lovely places to stay in the area from simple campsites to B&B’s and much more upmarket hotels. We know that people’s preferences and budgets are different. If you are coming without your own transport, we will help you to get around – just let us know.

Saturday evening: We usually book a table at a local pub on Saturday evening for those who would like to eat out with a group. Please indicate on your booking form in the notes section with a ‘Pub meal: Yes’ if you’d like to join so we know how many people to reserve for.  The pub will be in the locality of NP7 7NE

Covid: In this new place that we find ourselves, we would like to reassure you that our weekend will be Covid secure in line with the guidance we receive. If we cannot go ahead, you will always be offered a rescheduled date or a full refund – the choice is yours.

Cancellation policy: If you have to drop out, we will refund you (minus a £50 administration fee + Stripe processing fees) if you cancel two months prior to the event. Anything after that date is non-refundable. However, we will happily accept a replacement if you find someone else to take your place. We are a small company and we run courses, employ tutors and book venues on a minimum number being reached.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Ruth at: ruth@element-active.co.uk