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PERFORMANCE 7

"Ceri: Above and Below"

You don't need to rush. You have all the time in the world.

You are in charge of how you experience Pathways. You can walk half the route and return to experience the rest on another day. You can walk a completely different path. You can choose the accessible option. You can listen from your garden or bedroom or greenhouse. 

I wanted to extend the reach of Pathways and to include voices from all over Wales. That's why, for the next six Pathways performances, I'll be handing over the reins to one of six emerging storytellers. For this performance, we journey step by step with Ceri Phillips from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, as he takes us on a route that explores mountains, rivers, and woods, and stories of the shadowy places between the worlds: this one, and the Other.

Why not get in touch with Pathways and let us know where you walked through this story?

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Below is the route that Carol walked and links to downloading her performance. 
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Route & Options

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These are Ceri's instructions for the route that he walked when crafting this story.

 

1. Start your walk at the entrance to Castle Woods (just off Llandeilo Bridge) and head up the hill towards the town on Rhosmaen Street. 

2. Turn left onto Bank Terrace. As you approach the crest of the hill, be sure to take in the views over the valley to the Brecon Beacons. Head down King Street back towards the main road.

3. Turn right on Rhosmaen Street and pass the Church of St. Teilo on your left. Head down Church Street - note the holy well which will be on your left. Before reaching Crescent Street, you'll see a steep path heading downhill on your right. Take it, following all the way (under the railway bridge) until you get to the swing bridge.

3. Cross the bridge into the field. Take your time to do a lap of the field, starting by hugging the river to your left. When you reach the southern corner of the field you will see a gate. Walk through the gate into the second field and follow the riverbank towards a stile at the far end. Note: The map suggests you simply walk through the 1st field and then follow the main road towards the woods. Although this is possible (and doesn't take you off course), it is not as nice a walk as suggested here.

4. As you get over the stile, immediately turn right. Cross the road a few yards after you leave the field and you'll see another gate. This is the entrance to Tregib Woods. Don't worry if you miss it, there is a main entrance a fifty yards further along the road.

5. From here you simply follow the path through the woods, all clearly marked on the map provided. There are also suggested routes on large map boards found near the car park at the main entrance of the woods - any route you choose is beautiful, but I suggest the "dormouse trail". More information here.

Accessible Routes

1. Start your walk in front of St. Teilo's Church on Rhosmaen Street. Follow the road down the hill towards Llandeilo Bridge. As you cross the bridge, take note to your left - the view towards the Beacons are stunning. Follow Heol Cennen through the village of Ffairfach until you reach a mini roundabout.

2. Turn left at the roundabout onto Heol Bethlehem. This portion of the walk is long but easy to navigate. Just head onwards until you run out of pavement.

3. Take care to move against traffic, drawing to the centre of the road as you approach corners, making sure that you are visible to oncoming vehicles. Although it is a national speed limit road, traffic tends to be light and drivers tend to be aware that the road is frequented by walkers.

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4. After a good long hike along this country road, you will see the main entrance to Tregib Woods on your right. Enter the car park.

5.From here you simply follow the path through the woods, all clearly marked on the map provided. There are also suggested routes on large map boards found near the car park at the main entrance of the woods - any route you choose is beautiful, but I suggest the "dormouse trail", here.

The Performance

Follow these links to listen to Ceri's performance of ABOVE AND BELOW or follow this link.

To listen to the performance on Spotify click here.

To listen on Apple Podcasts click here.