Tread Gower was born out of both passion and frustration. As a 16 year old my interests aside from Heavy Metal, were Welsh History and getting a job outdoors. Like most good sons do though, they listen to their mothers., and so off I went to Cardiff University, coming away 3 years later with a Degree in Welsh History. Next was the push into the workforce, and after an enjoyable spell as a gardener with Swansea Council (as it then was) I got a 'proper' job and ended up working for the Welsh Office - yes I'm that old; no Welsh Assembly in those days.
Move forward 20 years, and i had developed a relatively successful Career in Housing, Social Care and Charity Management. In 2011 after redundancy, my passion for being outside had the better of me. I got a PT job in Blacks, and started Tread Gower. Then my bottle went.....and i rather stupidly fell back into the workforce, and into management, again spending my life writing reports from a dull office while outside the sun shone on lake, mountain and leafy cycle path.
But..in 2015, at the ripe old age of 42 I resigned from my Directors job, making the (crazy in some people's opinion) decision that I would rather be happy and broke, than financially secure and miserable. And in a nutshell thats how TG came about; a result of years being 'successful' in the minds of others and giving into pressure to be the career person, rather than the content person. Why is this of interest to you? Its probably not; but hopefully when you attend one of our courses you will quickly feel that Tread Gower is built on passion, and a desire to share that love with like minded people. That is the foremost motivation, and hopefully any skills and knowledge we pass on will only serve to consolidate and increase that passion for being outside.
I will leave you with a picture of me and fellow TG stalwart Roy looking very happy. All you really need are friendship, Hills, a good stone wall, an OS Map and tea. Lots of Tea.
Speak to you next week. Walk safe