Walking in the Berwyn Hills

 

Saturday, 17 April 2010

This was a trip to celebrate Beryl's birthday and we had booked to stay at The Hand at LLanarmon.  We had eaten there before and were most impressed by the food.  This time I had booked the only suite they have and it was most comfortable.

3.30 Walked up the road and across the fields and watched the lambs.  Fabulously hot and sunny.  Really enjoyed watching the lambs.  I have been wanting to stop and look at them all this season.  Back to the hotel at 5.30; sat with a drink in the garden and really enjoyed soaking up the warmth of the sun.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

We had decided to start our walk near Pystill Rhaeadr and to walk to the top of Moel Sych.  The waterfall was most impressive and the walk was a demanding stride up into the hills.  This was our route:

Got back to the car at 3.40 and so we had done four hours walking with very few stops.  We found out later that we had only covered 4.57 miles.  But what the heck... I couldn’t walk across the dining room three weeks ago.

Back to the hotel at 4.25.  Sat by the fire in the reception room and had a couple of pints of Guinness whilst B had a couple of glasses of merlot. Read the newspapers, looked at hotel guides and read my book.  Absolutely delightful.  Later in the evening we had another excellent meal.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Did a ten mile walk through countryside that LLoyd George had described as  'A little bit of Heaven on Earth' .  We went straight up the hill from the hotel, through pasture land and mixed woodland where we saw our first swallow of the year.  Then across some moorland with its associated birdlife of curlews and skylarks and then down along what seemed to be an old drover's route (photos of marked stones) into the Teirw valley and down to Pandy along what seemed to be an old greenway. From there we crossed the Ceiriog and joined a redundant tramway which seemed to have run beside the river to the quarry at Hendre.  After the quarry we had a pleasant stroll though meadow lands.  However, when we were just a few fields away from the hotel a notice told us that the path had been washed away and we were to retrace our steps.  After nearly ten miles that was not what we wanted to see so we back tracked a little way and sneaked along a private drive across the river and on to the road.  It was one of the most spectacular and enjoyable walks we have had in a long time.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Our plan was to walk part of Offa's Dyke near LLangollen to see Castel Dinas Bray and part of the Panorama walk at Trevor.  However, we changed our plans because we could not find anywhere to park near where we wanted to walk and so we decided to carry on. The road continued into the interior of the mountain range (The Eglwyseg and Esclusham Mountains).  Whilst we had waited in a passing place for a car to go by I had looked in the Phillips map book and discounted all of the left turns.  We came to a sign post and peered round to look at the sign not facing us and it said “World’s End”, we both laughed.  The road continued over varied and very isolated countryside and eventually came out at Minera.  It will go down as one of our more interesting diversions.

 

Our photos are here.