Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
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On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Some photos from a quick visit to the Brecon Beacons

It has been many years since I have been in the Brecon Beacons but this week was a nice return visit full of past memories of mountaineering training courses, walking Pen y Fan, winter whiteouts and supervising Gold Duke of Edinburgh groups many years ago.

Lake and reservoir views

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Llangorse lake

Cycling canal sides

Brecon and monmouthshire canal

Intimate concerts in converted welsh chapels 

Acapela Studio Pentrych

'Lucky stars'

Cycling the hillsides

past ancient roman fort sites

Brecon Beacons National Park Mountain Centre

along ancient former Roman roads

Passing welsh mountain narrow gauge railways 

Brecon Mountain Railway

Visiting old houses with history

Tredegar House Newport
A former King of England

oak floors laid in the early 1600's with 40' single piece boards

a family member who was both a Royal Navy Captain and possibly a notorious pirate

a family of philanthropists and party givers

where death watch beetle ate the pantry table legs

and the last of the great 'Morgan' family partied the family fortune away

A spring time landscape 

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