Would you like to take the best autumnal photos for your Instagram? Or would you like to learn the Welsh names for all the trees in the forest? If so, how about joining the crew from your local Menter Iaith and go ‘Ar Gered’?

Ar Gered are Welsh Language guided walks by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion that have proved to be highly popular and they will return at the end of September with the first in a series of autumnal adventures in the forests of Ystwyth Valley.

Starting at Gelli Ddu near Trawsgoed on Saturday, 30 September, the series will continue up the valley with walks in the forests of Grogwynion, Coed Maenarthur and Hafod.

  • 30 September – Gelli Ddu near Trawsgoed
  • 21 October – Grogwynion near Llanafan
  • 25 November – Coed Maenarthur near Pont-rhyd-y-groes
  • 30 December – Hafod near Cwmystwyth

Councillor Catrin M S Davies, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Customer Services, said: “Ar Gered is a great way to meet new and old friends, to learn about the diverse areas of Ceredigion and the Welsh language, across the county.  We welcome all interested parties, whether you speak fluently, are learning and keen to practice, or want to get an initial taste of the language. We’re sure you’ll hear a favourite new phrase or word in Welsh!”

Each walk is around 7km in length and are easy to moderate along lovely forest paths, but will require a little fitness with a few uphill sections to conquer. The walks are open to everyone and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome and children who are in the company of a parent/guardian.

The walks are free of charge, however it is essential to register beforehand. You can do this by contacting the leader of the walks, Steffan Rees from Cered: steffan.rees@ceredigion.gov.uk.