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winter walksPEOPLE in Wales are being invited to step out with the Ramblers during its annual Festival of Winter Walks and leave footprints in the snow as they explore the country’s beautiful wintry landscapes. Ramblers Cymru groups will be leading free walks from December 20 2014 until January 4 2015. From short festive strolls passing carol singers and Christmas markets to heartier rambles to walk off the mince pies and kickstart new year’s resolutions, there’s something for everyone in Wales to enjoy.

Ramblers Cymru Director, Angela Charlton, said: “Walking is great at any time of the year, we’re spoiled by our dramatic coastlines, rolling hills and stunning views, but there’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm and heading out with family and friends to explore Wales at its wintry best.

Our walks during the festival are free, fun and open to everyone, so put on your hat and scarf and join us as we head out into the crisp, clear winter to enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.” Let’s Walk Cymru, a national health walking scheme run by Ramblers Cymru, will also be leading short, free walks across Wales during the festival. Step out with Ramblers Cymru on one of the following free winter wanders in Wales during the Festival of Winter Walks:

Mince Pie Walk, Great Orme Date: Saturday December 20 Start time: 10am Distance: 7 miles Description: Join the Vale of Clwyd Ramblers for this Mince Pie Walk in Great Orme. Starting point: Llandudno, West Shore Group: Vale of Clwyd

Pen y Fan (Brecon Beacons) at night with Gower Society Date: Saturday December 20 Meeting time: 3pm Start time: 4pm Distance: 6 miles Description: This short, circular night-walk, run in partnership with the Gower Society, will climb to the top of Pen y Fan then over to Tommy Jones’ memorial and back. This is a night walk so remember to bring head torches and fresh batteries. Due to the time of year, this walk will be dependent upon reasonable weather so if in doubt, check with walk leader Ian Smith on 01792 368609 on the morning of the walk. Starting point: Between Guildhall & Victoria Park Group: Swansea

Boxing Day Walk: Pwll Du, Brandy Cove & Langland Bay Date: Friday December 26 Start time: 10am Distance: 7 miles Description: Starting in Newton, this winter walk crosses Clyne Common then heads on to Murton, Bishopston Valley and Pwll Du Bay. Enjoy beautiful views from the Wales Coast Path as you head via Brandy Cove and Langland Bay back to the start. Starting point: Highpool Lane, Newton Nearest postcode: SA3 4TZ Group: Swansea

On Par for Mountain Views (in the Amman Valley, Garnant) Date: Saturday January 3 2015 Start time: 11am Distance: 6 miles Description: This walk heads up past Garnant Golf Course for some great views of the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, following a series of footpaths along the southern side of the Amman Valley. The route heads back to the starting point through Garnant Park, following the River Amman. Starting point: The car park on Upper Station Road, Garnant. Turn north down the hill into Upper Station Road (opposite Garnant Chemist). After going over the level crossing at the bottom of this short hill, take the second turning on the left into the car park (approximately 50 metres after the level crossing) Group: Swansea

Gower: Whiteford Point Date: Sunday January 4 2015 Meeting time: 9am Start time: 10.15am Distance: 8 miles Description: A varied walk over hills and across beach and dunes in Gower. Make sure you bring your binoculars as birdlife is abundant during the winter. Meeting point: Tesco Ammanford Group: Dinefwr

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Maintenance plant shutdown planned for Dragon LNG

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DRAGON LNG is scheduled to commence a 26-day planned maintenance shutdown at its Waterston
site from Monday May 17

The 24/7 shutdown will enable Dragon to carry out periodic maintenance and inspection, whilst
taking advantage of the opportunity to carry out some small improvement projects in a safe and controlled manner.

In addition to the normal preparations for a shutdown, which started in February 2020, Dragon
have been working extensively with Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council TTP team and UK Government, including the Department for Business, Energy
and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to align already in place COVID controls in preparation for our
additional workforce from 15 key vendors to support a successful event.

During the shutdown, there will be over 140 valve overhauls, approx. 960 COVID-19 LFD | PCR
tests carried out by a specialist company and over 200 virtual site safety inductions (enhanced with
COVID site controls).

With the works taking place within the site process area, any impact to our community, including
noise and dust disturbances is not anticipated. Please do note that flaring will be undertaken
during the shutdown.

A Dragon spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Whilst this is a major event at Dragon, the 1st shutdown since 2011, our top priority always is the safety of our team and community”.

Dragon continues to update its’ community and stakeholders on the progress of the work.

For any enquiries, please contact karen.wood@dragonlng.com / 01646 691730.

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Encouraging responsible dog ownership so everyone enjoys their day at the beach

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is encouraging and promoting responsible dog ownership to ensure that we can all enjoy the County’s glorious beaches this summer.

With Covid-19 restrictions easing and lots of people expected to head to the coast, respecting one another and the natural environment will be more important than ever.

And, as a dog-friendly County, Pembrokeshire will be welcoming many four-legged friends too.

While visiting and enjoying Pembrokeshire beaches, dog lovers are asked to be mindful of some restrictions regarding their pets.

Between 1st May and 30th September dogs are not permitted on the North Beach in Tenby, or Whitesands Beach near St Davids. However, some other beaches have specific dog-free areas Designated.

Other areas indicate where dogs must be kept on leads.

The byelaws are in place so that everyone, dog owners and non-dog owners alike, can enjoy their time at the seaside.

Updated signage detailing the byelaws will be displayed on all beaches, main beach access and exit points, plus signs and flags being displayed and flown by lifeguards.

This will help pet owners to take their pets to the areas of beach designated for their enjoyment.

The signage used will be part of a wider campaign to encourage responsible behaviour while visiting and enjoying Pembrokeshire.

While engaging with members of the public, explaining the byelaws and encouraging responsible behaviour will always be the preference, there has also been a change to how the restrictions will be monitored.

Enforcement Teams will be working alongside the patrols currently undertaken to address littering and dog fouling in our communities.

Where appropriate, Fixed Penalty Notices of £75 can be issued. This can rise up to £500 if the matter were to be successfully prosecuted in court.

It is hoped that by engaging, advising and promoting the byelaws, supported by new signage, the Council can encourage people to be even more responsible dog owners.

This will result in a fun, positive experience for all beach users this Summer.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader Cllr David Simpson, said: “Pembrokeshire can’t wait to welcome all those who have been dreaming about a walk on the beach throughout much of the past year.

“We know and understand that dogs are part of the family and taking your pets out to the beach for the day or a simple walk at the seaside is so important.

“We hope that by engaging and explaining we can promote responsible dog ownership this summer to ensure everyone can enjoy their time on our incredible coast.

“Please plan your visits and take the time to have a look at the maps of the dog free areas and other information available and we look forward to welcoming everyone, whether two legs or four, once again.”

For more information, see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/dog-control

Maps of the dog free areas and further information can be downloaded at: https://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/downloads

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Speedy Sanna’s second shot at Pembrokeshire Coast Path record

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A DETERMINED Pembrokeshire woman will reattempt to set a new record next week by running the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in the fastest time.

Sanna Duthie, 32, from Milford Haven, is aiming to become only the second person to run the whole of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Sanna attempted to break the record in August last year, but after clocking off more than 63 miles she had to abandon the record attempt for her own safety, due to the horrendous weather conditions.

She hopes to complete her run in under 64 hours and 32 minutes and is using the opportunity to raise money for the Wales Air Ambulance Charity. Sanna has already smashed her fundraising target of £2,000 by raising an amazing £2,162.

The current record is held by Haverfordwest’s Richard Simpson, who completed the challenge in 2018.

As an ultra-runner, she has previously completed a 100-mile run in under 28 hours, but she is now hoping to exceed that and raise money for a charity close to her heart at the same time.

Reflecting on how she feels about re-attempting the challenge, Sanna, who likes to run ‘silly races’ said: “I am very nervous but feeling determined and strong. I’ve trained over 300 miles a month since March 2020, so I’ve done all the training I can. I would have liked to have gone to the gym, but I’ve done what I can at home. I’ve been out on difference sections of the coast path since restrictions have eased and it’s in good condition.”

Weather permitting Sanna, who is ‘overwhelmed’ with how much money she has raised, will start the challenge at 8am on Friday, 7 May at St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth on Sunday, 9 May.

In preparation of the challenge Sanna has received a lot of support from her partner, family and friends, she said: “My dad and partner have been amazing. Making sure I’m fed after long runs and just being there. My friends have been amazing and although we haven’t been able to run together just knowing they support me helps. I’m hoping some can join me on the challenge it will be great to catch up. The chatter will be a great distraction.”

Katie Macro, Wales Air Ambulance South West Wales Community Co-ordinator, said: “We’re so grateful to Sanna for taking on this huge challenge once again. Her determination is outstanding, and she has so far raised an amazing amount for our lifesaving charity.

“Despite the horrendous weather during her last attempt she managed to run over 63 miles and only stopped the record attempt when it became unsafe to continue. Her determination is inspiring.

“On its own, it is a significant personal challenge, and we will be supporting her all the way to the finish line – and hopefully to a new record. For Sanna to choose to raise money for our lifesaving service at the same time is incredible. We are so grateful for her support and we’d like to wish her all the best. Thank you to everyone who has supported Sanna and continue to support her with her fundraiser.”

You can show your support to Sanna by donating to her Just Giving page – Sanna’s 186 miles – Pembrokeshire Coastpathhttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sanna-duthie2.

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