Over 80 people attended a hike near Machynlleth to protest a proposed wind farm by Bute Energy.

A community hike organised by group Protect Glaslyn & Hafren saw 85 people walk from Dylife car park, along Glyndwr’s Way to Glaslyn Nature Reserve and back.

The walk began at 10am on Sunday, July 7, amid less-than-ideal weather that still saw many hikers turning out for the group’s protest of Bute Energy’s proposed Esgair Galed wind farm.


Sally George of Protect Glaslyn & Hafren said: “It was very chilly and raining when a large crowd gathered in Dylife with the campaign group.

“Everyone there wanted to show their love and support for the uplands which are threatened by Bute Energy’s proposal to build 26 wind turbines, each 220metres tall, in this wild, open area.  

(Image: Sally George)

“As well as local people, supporters arrived from all directions including Builth Wells, Lampeter, Radnor Forest, Aberdovey, the Dysynni Valley.

“Before starting up the track, 85 walkers gathered in pouring rain to express their utter dismay and disapproval of  plans to desecrate the unspoilt land with its old mine workings, rough grass, peat and bogs, which provide a habitat for countless birds, plants and wildlife, many of them endangered species.”

(Image: Sally George)

The group taking on the seven-mile route included an 87-year-old walker and Michael Mosse, who accompanied the group on horseback.

Sally added: “Everyone appreciated the landscape, its tranquillity, spaciousness, and long-distance views to Pumlumon.

“Happily, the rain stopped and the sun came out as walkers gathered by the lake at Glaslyn for a picnic lunch and a welcome break.

“Melinda Fansa, one of the organisers, thanked everyone for coming through the rough weather to reach the sunny uplands and spontaneous applause broke out.”