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Ex Cheltenham YHA Group meet again

In the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s some of the people shown in these pages met socially and to go 'hostelling' mostly at Youth Hostels in England and Wales, and occasionally further afield.  Over the weekend of 28 April to 1 May 2000 we met up again to renew old friendships and to enjoy the Welsh countryside at Pwll Du, south west of Abergavenny in the county of Gwent.

The Pwll Du Adventure Centre was run by the Gloucestershire County Council for young people. 

The OS grid reference is SO 245 116 and the building is 410 metres above sea level.  The pictures show the marvelous setting.

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04 of 22 Pwll Du seen from Blorenge. Pwll Du is near the centre of the picture. The buildings on the left are the pub (well worth a visit).
05 of 22 The assembled party on the way up to Cefn Coch. Left to right: Ed, Christine, Robin, Heather, Barry, Ros, Eddie, Bob, Rose and (forground) Danny.
On Saturday, 29 April 2000 we had a nice walk up Cefn Coch in the sunshine.
06 of 22 Eddie, Ed, Ros, Danny, Barry and Heather are facinated by a large bottle of lemon squash.
07 of 22 Danny, Robin, Eddie, Barry and Bob stop to look at the camera.
08 of 22 Ros (mother of Danny)
09 of 22 Robin, Barry and Ed watch as Eddie explains how it's done in these parts
10 of 22 We stop to ask the way of some locals.
11 of 22 It must be over there!
12 of 22 Ros and Danny
13 of 22 Back at the hostel. Notice: Eddie is wearing his 60th birthday badge
14 of 22 Meanwhile Gill had taken Clare, Andrew & Martin to the waterfalls on the Afon Meltte, south of Ystradfellte (SN 9210).
15 of 22 Clare and Martin enjoy a waterfall
16 of 22 The toughie party decending into the vally to the north east of the hostel
Sunday 30th April 2000. This was the day of the walk up Blorenge. There were two parties, a toughies and a softies.
17 of 22 The view looking NNE towards Sugar Loaf (SO 273187)
18 of 22 At the bottom of the valley was a stream that had to be crossed. Bob gives Ros a helping hand.
19 of 22 Examining a slag heap.
20 of 22 The toughies reach the trig point on Blorenge (SO269118) and admire the view, or just flake out for a while.
21 of 22 Gill, Andrew & Martin find themselves in a disused quarry on Gilwern Hill (SO244128)
Monday 1st May 2000
22 of 22 Martin has found a sheep's skull.
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