On 18 May 2022, Walking for Wellbeing groups across several towns in Ceredigion met in the middle of the county at Llanerchaeron for a group Wellbeing Walk.
Members from Borth, Lampeter, Cardigan and Aberporth groups joined on the large walking group where various levels of walks were offered followed by a small presentation and refreshments.
Three levels of walks were offered with at least two trained walk leaders responsible for leading the walk and ensuring everyone’s safety. The first group walked around the grounds and gardens at a faster pace for an hour. The second group went at a slower pace for 45 minutes.
The third group was made up of people with mobility aids and wheelchairs. This group walked into the grounds and then sat with a National Trust volunteer and learnt about the history of the site and were shown some relics and historical artifacts.
Dawn Forster, Walking for Wellbeing West Wales Project Coordinator gave an update about the project in Ceredigion and Alwyn Davies, Team Manager - Through Age Physical Activity & Play thanked all the volunteers. Each volunteer was given a t-shirt as a token of appreciation for all their help and commitment. A presentation was also given by Cat Edwards from MIND Aberystwyth who talked about wellbeing.
Dawn Forster, Project Co-ordinator said: “There was a great turnout with around 70 people attending. The weather was kind and everyone had a great time. Many people who attended live alone or are carers for family members so it was a much appreciated day out.”
Joanne James, Cardigan walking group member, said: “I would like to thank you and all the staff and volunteers that made the walking trip to Llanerchaeron such an enjoyable and happy occasion. We were treated to transport, excellent company, a lovely walk in the beautiful grounds and around the interesting out buildings, followed by delicious coffee and a Portuguese tart. Thank you for organising it Dawn. I’m sure everyone really enjoyed it, as well as benefiting mentally and physically.”
Paul Williams, Cardigan Walk Leader, said: “The measure of a good day out is that I’m still thinking about it the next day and telling everyone I meet. Thank you for organising it and making it so enjoyable.”
For more information and to book onto a walk, visit the West Wales Walking for Wellbeing website: www.westwaleswalkingforwellbeing.org.uk or contact Dawn Forster Project Co-ordinator for Ceredigion at dawn.forster@Ceredigion.gov.uk / 07866 985753.