Cob to Cardiff

Madog MYC Rowing Club embarked on a marathon row to Cardiff in time to meet up for the finale of Ar Waith Ar Daith.

This hardy, sea-ready team of rowers rowed for up to 30 miles each day in their Celtic longboat along the west coast of Wales, up the Severn estuary, and into Cardiff bay with a flotilla of 26 other sea rowing boats on the evening of September 12.

Accompanying them on their journey was a slate plaque specially made by Llechwedd Slate Caverns which on September 1 travelled by “air”, bike and narrow gauge railway – before setting off on its journey by sea. By air it made a hair-raising rapid descent by Zip World Titan, Europe’s longest zip wire, at Llechwedd before Downhill Mountain Bike champion Adrian Bradley rode it on the world class Antur Stiniog course at Blaenau, before it was then taken on to the Ffestiniog Railway station.

This special steam-hauled slate train then conveyed the plaque to Porthmadog, where it was met by Meirionnydd-Dwyfor MP Liz Saville Roberts. She then delivered it to the Celtic longboat waiting in the harbour ready for its 230 mile voyage to Cardiff Bay. The plaque’s journey followed exactly the one taken by another piece of slate which formed the foundation stone for Wales Millennium Centre put in place by local opera star Bryn Terfel.