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Organisers and Organisation
The organising of walks are not a particularly easy job, in fact they can be quite time consuming as venues have to be found, and walked to see if they are Basset Hound friendly. Wales is well known for its sheep, so going to wide open places like the Brecon Beacons National Park or walks along our beautiful coast line would be wonderful but great care must be taken, the venue must be Basset Hound friendly, a route has to be walked, directions on how to reach the venue noted, how long the walk takes, is it child and older person friendly? All very important stuff which takes time and more importantly effort.
This job has been taken on by Ray (photographed right in another of his guises car parking attendant at our shows), he is one of our "unsung hero's" who work tirelessly behind the scenes, and without this loyal band the administration team would find their work much harder than it is. For photos from previous walks please scroll down
Miskin Wood 1996
As you can see our walks are not confined to "just" Basset Hounds. Over the years we have had the pleasure to walk with other breed clubs including Dachshunds and Irish Wolfhounds. The walk at Miskin was not for the faint hearted but a super day was had by all and afterwards we all went along to the local hostelry for a long cool LEMONADE!!
Tredegar House March 2005
Typical! No one looking when you want them too!
Well Done! all looking the same way at the same time - terrific!
Soup for the humans, and biscuits for the important ones - supplied by Auntie Ann.
One for you and one for you and one for you and one for you, oh! and one for you!
We had a super walk at Tredgear House just off Junction 28 of the M4 - about 15 hounds in all, after the walk there was plenty of soup and rolls for the walkers and plenty of biscuits for the you know who's?. Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain. The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the early 1500ís. The house, belonged to the Morgans - later Lords of Tredegar for over 500 years . There are many legends about the Morgans, they are one of the oldest Welsh dynasties and still fascinate to this day. Captain Henry Morgan [1635 - 1688], the well known buccaneer/privateer was one of this dynasty and a son of Monmouthshire. He played an important part in Welsh and British history over many centuries. At the age of 45 althtough a privateer had made a name for himself he was actingGovernor of Jamaica, Vice Admiral, Commandant of the Port Royal Regiment, Judge of the Admiralty and Justace of the Peace. A brand of well known rum also carries his name.
River Afon at Cwmbran February 2007
Although the heavens had opened the night before, the weather was kind to us and no one went into the river!
A group photograph of the hardy band close to end of the walk, after which we had a lovely lunch at a local hostalry
Margam Country Park at Port Talbot October 2007
The happy band of walkers taken having a quick rest of their feet on the steps of the Cothic style mansion
Then they found another thing to sit on for another well earned rest and out came the camera
Getting ready for the off, yes we had a dachshund join us all the way from Haverfordwest!
Gives a whole new meaning to Get Knotted!
Are they having a rest or are they lost, is John checking his camera or is it his compass?
This area has been inhabited by man for over 3000 years when bronze age setters farmed Margam Mountain. The original Abbey of Margam was founded in 1147 by Robert Consul, Earl of Gloucester, and the remains of the Abbey can be seen in the grounds of the park today. The ruins are in particularly good order. In 1793 Thomas Mansel Talbot provided the magnificent eithteenth century Margam Orangery. The existing mansion in Tudor Gothic style was commissioned in 1830 and adds to the splendour and grandeur of the park. The mansion has had a chequered history during the 20th century. In 1942 the estate was sold to Sir David Evans-Bevan, proprietor of a local brewery and gradually fell into a derelict condition. Acquired by Glamorgan County Council in 1973 it benefitted from restoration in 1975 only to be damaged and left as a burnt out shell as a result of a fire on August 4th 1977.
Tredegar Park Country Park at Newport August 2011
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