First Friday

Join StillWalks at The Waterside where there is space to think, time to talk, explore, create and meet Sue, Steve and Alastair.  Warm welcome with fresh coffee and homemade cakes assured, just no guarantees with the Welsh weather!

The Waterside - Felindre

My Walk this Week – Woodland Wander

My walk this week takes me back to Penllergare Valley Woods. I have produced StillWalks videos of all four seasons here but that is no reason not to take another look. In this walk the conditions are inevitably different and as well as that, further work has been done in the park by The Penllergare Trust volunteers.

I don’t remember this arbour and arch being here perviously and of course, the next time I visit, it will have grown more and changed again.

willow arbour in the making

I wil  be posting just one or two sound clips from the woods through this week, but I have a soundscape for the walk to post on Sunday with the walk review.

Penllergare Woodland Sounds

If viewing this in an email, please click the post title to see other photos in this post, thank you.

Lledr Valley Production Walk

Alastair Duncan from StillWalks will be doing a StillWalks production walk in the Lledr valley, Snowdonia on Tuesday 26th April. Details of the route and precise starting point can be found here.

Anyone in the area at the time is welcome to stop me in my tracks for a chat and ask any questions. I’ll be starting out from Lledr House Hostel at about 6.30 – 7.00 AM.

Train access to the walk route is available at both Pont-y-Pant and Dolwyddelan stations on the Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog line.

Alastair Duncan StillWalks

Downhill Track

Reviewing the Walk – Snowdonia Recce

This was one of my last views on my recce walk through the Lledr Valley in Snowdonia, North Wales. I didn’t manage to do any field recording on this walk so I am afraid there is no soundscape again this week, but a sequence of selected photos from through the week can be viewed below.

Lledr Valley Mist

Continue reading

Downhill Through the Woods

Returning to the car on my recce walk this week took me through a section of pinewoods and is not the planned return route for the production walk I hope to do next week. See the event on the website for details of the walk if you are going to be in the area.

Lledr Valley Forest

Continue reading

The Route to Come

These three photos were taken at the end of my recce walk in the Lledr Valley in Snowdonia, North Wales. They were all taken on my iPhone but I can’t remember why! I processed the second shot in monochrome because it seemed to better represent the wildness of the place as I perceived it in the worsening weather.

Lledr Valley, Snowdonia

Continue reading

Vague Vista

As I climbed above the valley floor along a moss-lined lane, it would have been good to get a better view of the distant mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales. Alas, on a day such as this, that was never going to be possible.

Lledr Valley

Continue reading

My Walk this Week – North Wales Recce 2

My walk this week is from my second recent recce walk in North Wales, specifically the Lledr valley south of Blaenau Ffestiniog – there’s a name for you to have fun with if you’re not Welsh 🙂 The beautiful evening of the day before in Colwyn Bay did not follow through to this walk and the result was that I got very wet.

Lledr Valley-1

Continue reading

Management Learning Resources Drop In Morning with StillWalks at The Waterside

Opportunity to see and experience the StillWalks resource for your organisation. More information below from Management Learning Resources who are promoting this event.

Management Learning Resources Drop in Morning – Thursday 7th April 10am-12 noon

catalougue egYour opportunity to review our 25 Best Sellers over a cup of (excellent) coffee and home-made cakes.

Look over and compare some of the very best training materials to be had anywhere, with help & advice from the MLR team!

Then make up your own mind!


Meet author Alastair Duncan at 11.00am and enjoy a presentation about the StillWalks® programme he has produced to build personal and organisational resilience.
Review the facilities at The Waterside (a great venue for your events) and meet Creative Director Sue Heatherington.
Find out how the Business Task Force Business Development Programme from business guru Chris Olchawski can work for you!
Enjoy an informal discussion with award winning photographer Amy Husband about the value of a good business portrait and the difference great photography can make to your business!
Have a discreet opportunity to ask Paula those personal -finance planning questions that you keep meaning to ask!
This is an informal drop-in session, and The Waterside provides an ideal venue to meet up. So please come if you can. No need to book but do let us know if you would like to look at any particular topics for learning resources and materials, so we can arrange to bring them. Just drop Paul an email on the below address.

There is no pressure to buy anything, and everyone who attends will receive an MLR Goody Bag & there will be one or two very special offers only available to visitors!

If you need directions (PDF), a map or have any particular dietary requirements, such as gluten-free cake or even tea, please email
Please join us at The Waterside in Felindre ( between 10am and 12pm on 7 April for a unique opportunity to see why these resources are so highly rated by trainers and facilitators across the whole UK.

Management Learning Resources

View from Llansteffan Castle

Welcome to Day One

Hello to everyone, existing and new visitors to the new StillWalks blog. Thank you for visiting anew and thank you for relocating with me if you are already a follower.

Insert your email to the subscription box in the side bar on the right to receive StillWalks images and sound clips on blog posts every morning – it’s a great way to start the day (or end it!).

NB If viewing this on a mobile device, the registration to receive emails at the bottom of this post.

Things should look very much the same on the blog and hopefully our migration here will be seamless. However, other aspects of the website have changed and there is now a new StillWalks package to which you can sign up or register an interest. To find out more about “Walking The StillWalks Way”, click the link to view a short presentation.

My Walk this Week continues

Meanwhile, back on my walk this week at Llansteffan Castle in Carmarthenshire, I thought I would start with a photo from the beginning of the walk because the view from the castle allows you to see into the distance, albeit hazy, and of course this is what I have been trying to do with StillWalks – see into the future.

Following on from yesterday’s post, a more detailed look at the stonework of Llansteffan Castle reveals all sorts of fascinating patterns, textures and colours. I’m not sure what is going on in with the surface patterns on the last shot, but it looks as though it may be additional to the actual stone itself.