Let's Walk Talk Wales
Strolls 'n' Stories offers unique walking and storytelling experiences. Characters come to life as your host, Jan, acts out historical stories mixed within strolls through the Welsh countryside.
Come and explore famous Welsh towns, and beautiful surroundings. Each town has its own individual history and set of mysteries.
DAY TRIPS - Most of our events are day trips with an option for accommodation.
PRIVATE WALKS - Prefer a private walk with friends or for a special occasion? We offer private day walks for groups of two or more.
STORYTELLING - We also provide storytelling for private and corporate events.
PRICING - Most day walk tickets are £35. Please contact us if you need a price for a private walking or storytelling event.
Contact Jan Little for more information on these events.
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Friday, March 1
St. Davids Day Dinner - The Swan Hotel, Hay on Wye
A 3-course dinner with a harpist and an appropriate story from Jan for St. Davids Day. Whose side will you be on? The leek or the daffodil?
Tickets are £25 for a 3-course dinner or £22 for 2 courses.
Tickets are available from The Swan Hotel: Tel: 01497 821188
Tickets also available from Dial a Ride: Tel: 01497 821616 9 am -12 noon
Ticket sales close on 22nd February 2019
Friday, March 29
Cafe Trio, 7, Richmond Rd, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran NP44 1EG
A 2-course dinner and storytelling from the myths and legends of Cwmbran to Pontnewydd’s Industrial past.
Tickets are £15 available from Trio’s Cafe Tel: 07594150616
Saturday, April 13
Tintern and the Wye Valley (Tantalising Tales 1)
Designated as an area of outstanding beauty. See the most preserved medieval abbey in Wales, walk up to the Eagles nest view point, through the mystical forest and return via the old monks path. Hear from William Wordsworth poet and politician, Valentine Morris and the monks who made this area such a must see tourist attraction.
Sunday, April 14
Brockweir and Tintern (Tantalising Tales 2)
The beautiful Wye Valley. Walk from pretty Brockweir up to the devils pulpit for a picturesque view of the Abbey and back along the river Wye. See the Moravian church and listen to the licentiousness that was Brockweir.
Why is the view point called Devils Pulpit? Who are the historical characters in the circle of legends at Tintern Old Station? Find out on this walk!
Talgarth Walking Festival, Powys
A circular, 5 mile walk around Talgarth. Beautiful views and a delightful walk encompassing open countryside, a hill, woodlands, streams and waterfalls. Hear about the last witch to be drowned in the witches pool, the story of an inmate at the old psychiatric hospital and more.
Sunday, May 5
Ireland - A trip taking in Newgrange, Knowth, Kells and Melifont Abbey to name a few places on our story telling journey through Ireland’s history. SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 25
Hay on Wye - Living on the Edge
Hay may be a quaint little town, famous for its book shops, but its also full of characters. Hear of the stockbroker turned preacher who died after a poor welcome at Hay. Hear from the Hay poisoner, the only solicitor to be hung for murder… but did he really poison his wife? And of course, the magnificent Lady of Hay who was starved to death in England! Sites of two castles, the pub that took the injured preacher in, Cusop church and the Warren….and yes, last year we paddled and sat on the beach next to the river!
Sunday, June 2
Capel-y-ffin - Hidden Communities and Their Dark Secrets
A short walk along Offas Dyke path and up to Capel y ffin monastry for outstanding views of the black mountains and around.
Hear about the strange and harsh practices of Father Ignatius at the monastery. Listen to the famous sculptor, Eric Gill, with his views on sex and sexuality as he tried to develop a commune here... and let us not forget David Jones, the war poet and artist... for all had dark secrets to be kept in the hidden community of Capel-y-ffin.
Due to the content of Eric Gill’s story, there is a 16 plus age limit on this walk.
Sunday, June 16
Blorenge, Brecon Beacons National Park, nr. Abergavenny
This event is being rescheduled due to weather.
Walk around the Blorenge with Jan and guest leader, Stephen Smith. Steve is a retired Brecon Beacons ranger and an expert on the flora and fauna on this beautiful mountain. This mountain is located above Abergavenny.
The industrial history of this mountain is still to be seen, along with spectacular views that on a clear day go for miles.
Visit the punch bowl, a mystical lake on the Blorenge as well as keepers pond and hear stories of industry and fae folk. See where the famous race horse Fox hunter is buried. All this story telling combined with Steve’s specialist knowledge of the Blorenge is not to be missed!
Saturday, June 29
A walk along the river Wye, up to Symmonds Yat Rock to the peregrine view point. Stunning views of the Wye valley with hopefully some peregrine sightings as well. Hear how Wordsworth travelled here to think through a painful personal dilemma. Cross the Wye in the little hand ferry to the Old Ferry Inn. Hear its secrets from times past. As one of the first tourist spots in the country, this is a delight!
Tickets are £35 each or see our new experience special where you and a friend can attend for £25 each.
Sunday, June 30
A little place with a big past!
See the 3 Standing Stones, the Healing Well and the Tump, the site of the old castle, not to mention the current archaeological dig revealing the medieval town that was once almost the largest town in Wales.
Hear from old Nell who lived here in medieval times... and how did those stones come to be there? Then there's the story of Lady Amberley who gave birth to the philosopher Bertram Russell not far away. What a woman!
Tickets are £25 each
Saturday, July 20
New! By Request.
An abbey in mid Wales with a big history. Watch this space for updates.
Tickets are £35 each or bring a friend who hasn’t been to our events before and use our discounted New Experience ticket.
Saturday, August 3
The Skirrid Mountain and Inn
Walk from the allegedly oldest inn in Wales to the Skirrid Mountain with its spectacular 360 views. Hear of the Catholics who worshipped at the top, the hiding and eventual martyrdom of a Catholic priest… and of course, ghosts abound at the Skirrid Inn which was once also a judicial court. See where the so called criminals were hung and take care, for we will probably meet a ghost or two!
Saturday, August 17
The town of Brecon, National Brecon Beacons Park
Brecon sits at the confluence of three rivers in the national park. Renowned for its cathedral, military history and the start/end point of the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal. See the hidden bee hive well with Irish connections, stroll to the top of Pen-y-crug, the iron-age hill fort for amazing views and walk Priory grove, an inspiration of the poet and mystic, Henry Vaughn. Hear why the Zulu war is linked to Brecon... and did the people of Brecknockshire really demolish the castle themselves to avoid a long siege?
Talybont - Land of Alchemy
The Famous brothers, Henry and Thomas Vaughn, poets and real life alchemists. See some of the beautiful countryside that inspired their poetry. Follow some of the Henry Vaughn walk up to Talybont reservoir, walk back down the Brinmore tramway, followed by a short water fall walk.
Why were these brothers drawn to Alchemy and what were the mysterious circumstances surrounding Thomas and his wife's death? A mystical walk in a mystical land about real life alchemists. Listen to the recording made the last time we visited of the babbling brook with a line of Vaughn's poetry.
Sunday, August 18
Saturday, September 14
Llyn y Fan Fach - A walk on the wild side!
We walk to Llyn y Fan Fach, a mysterious lake in the wilder side of Brecon Beacons National Park. Then up onto a ridgeway path overlooking the Carmarthen fans for “take your breath away” views.
The first recorded physicians stem from here. Meet the Lady of the Lake who founded the great lineage of the Physicians of Myddfai. Hear some of their herbal recipes and how the dynasty of herbalists faded our. Fact and myth merge in these magnificent mountains, along with stunning scenery. It’s sheer magic!
Sunday, September 15
The Pilgrims Well and Reservoir
Tree felling and reconstruction are in this area. If it has ceased before September, we will update this space with news of this event.
Saturday, October 26
Gliffaes Hotel, Crickhowell. A short walk around the glorious grounds of this lovely Italianette style hotel, taking in the amazing trees and river. A lunch provided by the hotel in its renowned restaurant and stories that will give you an insight into the fascinating history of the hotel as you hear from some of the characters who originally created this beautiful place.
Announcing our new long weekends (4-5 days) for 2020 to exciting and beautiful places, full of stories and life, but not as we know it!
Trip #1: Ireland, County Meath
For those who missed it before we will be repeating our Irish trip to County Meath and its ancient burial sites of Newgrange and Knowth, including the monasteries at Kells and Slane and extending it to Drogedha by the coast. See our blog for details of what we got up to last year!
Trip #2: South of Ireland
We will be adding a visit to the South of Ireland and visiting the dingle area which is St Brendon country. Beautiful coastline, Brendon creek , mountain and holy well. Travelling through the stunning Connar pass. Time to swim with Fungie the dolphin in dingle bay if you so wish. Definitely visiting the Fahan Beehive huts dated AD 500 and the Gallurus Oratory in the shape of an upturned boat which has survived the elements beneath the brown hills for some 1500 years. All this with possible visits to Kilarney and its national park and Ardvert with its famous holy well. So much to see and do with built in leisure time to rest. Some optional walking of no more than 5 miles. Coastline, mountains and ancient sites with fascinating stories ....this is Ireland at its best.
Trip #3: Southern France
And our 3rd big trip is a Strollsnstories Retreat to Southern France, based in a beautiful farmhouse called La Val Dieu ( Valley of the gods) in the Aude Valley. Visits and walks will include Rennes Le Chateau, the cave of Mary Magdalene, the Devils Armchair, the Magdalene pool and the thermal waters of Rennes le Bains and much more. Importantly there will also be time to relax and enjoy the 3-course wonderful home cooked food provided by our hosts. ( Only shared accommodation available)
Its going to be a great year for exploring and storytelling. Let us know if you might be interested in any of these forthcoming trips and we will ensure you receive the detailed information as soon as it becomes available. People were disappointed as places went quickly last year, ...don't miss out this time! Just let us know if you might be interested and in which trips.
International Trips - Dates to be Announced