Before and after the Storm – Clarach Bay, Easter 2013   13 comments

We had to head home between the two Easter weekends, me to go back to work, the rest of the family to tend to a poorly Guinea Pig who sadly died during the week. We returned the following weekend but the cold, clear weather had been replaced by milder, cloudier conditions. On the Saturday we took a short stroll from the village of Furnace in the Dyfi valley.

Furnace

Furnace

The village is named after the small Iron furnace powered by a large water wheel. It’s free to wander about and the wheel is an impressive size, used to drive the bellows that basted air onto the fire smelt the iron from the rock.

Furnace Falls

Furnace Falls

The waterfall behind the furnace is also rather good.

Furnace Falls

Furnace Falls

From Furnace we took a stroll around the green lanes above the village. The views across the Dyfi estuary were nice but the sky was leaden grey with the threat of rain in the air all morning.

3.1 Miles

3.1 Miles

Dyfi Estuary, Tarrens

Dyfi Estuary & the Tarrens

The walk took us through pleasant woods down to the Afon Einion.

Furnace

TJS navigates

Furnace

TBF and TJF

Foel Fawr

TBF & TJF

We then picked up a path that traversed across the lower slopes of Foel Fawr. Even though it was windy and grey it was a fine path with uninterrupted views across the estuary to the Tarrens that we climbed last Easter. Rain kept spitting and with the wind it wasn’t a day to dawdle.

Dyfi Estuary, Tarrens, Foel Fawr

TJS and the Tarrens

Foel Fawr, Tarrens

Tarrens from Foel Fawr

Foel Fawr

TBF & TJF on Foel Fawr

It would a great walk with several spots for a linger on a warm day. Today the feeling was that we were racing the bad weather. We wandered back along the lane and through the Ynys-hir bird watching area to the car. By the time were back at the van it was raining and it continued through the rest of the day and night.

Wind and rain always fetches up some big waves so the next day me and TJS had a very wet and windy walk along the promenade in Aberystwyth. With the tide full in the waves were crashing against the sea wall and throwing spray over the road and passers by. When I was a kid watching the waves “bounce” was a favorite and I enjoyed sharing this with TJS

Aberystwyth

Wild waves

He was enjoying the spectacle even though we were wet through. The power of the waves is hard to ignore when you get so close to the action. It really is a great way to pass an hour or two when the weather is wild and wet

Aberystwyth

Crashing waves

Aberystwyth

Waves on the Promenade

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth Promenade

After lunch it stopped raining and we headed over to Borth for a wander on the beach. It’s a rather drab little place but it has a cracking beach. By the time we got there the sun was out and the views excellent

Borth

Borth Beach

We clambered onto the rocks to watch the waves crashing. There were several surfers out and I regretted not having my kayak with me as the waves looked superb

Borth

Sunshine after the storm

We strolled across the beach enjoying the unexpected burst of sunshine. There are a couple of man-made breakwaters to protect the beach, consisting of huge boulders that you can scramble on and under. The kids love it although I suspect going into the dark gaps is a tad risky

Borth

TJS & TJF enjoy the beach

Borth

Across the beach looking south

To finish off the day we walked up to the headland that overlooks the beach. The views across the beach, town, the marshland behind, the Dyfi estuary and the Tarrens was cracking. The wind that had whipped up the waves was still blowing hard so we didn’t linger long

Borth, Tarrens

Across Borth towards the Tarrens

Borth

On the South Headland

Borth, Tarrens

Borth, the Beach and the Tarrens

Our appetite for fresh air after a day of rain satisfied, we headed for home contented and hungry. Always a pleasure when out of a cold, wet and windy morning springs some surprise sunshine. Easter had delivered a real mix of fun from frost and snow to wind and waves. Time for summer…..

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13 responses to “Before and after the Storm – Clarach Bay, Easter 2013

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  1. I love the Furnace Falls picture.

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  2. I just love windy days – and being on the coast watching waves crash about is fantastic.

    Sorry to hear about your guinea pig.

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    • Me too! It was a horrid morning, weather wise, but we had great fun. The power of the sea is pretty awesome especially when you get right up close to it.
      The kids were pretty upset about little Maltesers (strange name for a pet I know) but they handled it pretty well, all part of life and growing up

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  3. I have spent a lot of time here in my friends chalet absolutely love the place 🙂

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    • Hi Rory!
      My Grandparents had a caravan at Clarach Bay when I was a kid and I spent a good part of my childhood on the beach. I’m enjoying introducing my kids to the delights of the area, so much to see and do

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  4. Waves crashing against a sea wall; fish, chips and batter-bits in newspaper; a ride on the waltzers (throw up the fish, chips and batter-bits); half-an-hour in the slotties; candy floss; a quick game of bingo then crazy golf in a squall to round off the day. Mablethorpe in the mid-seventies with my grand-parents. Marvelous.
    Kids today…they dun’t know they’re born….

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  5. I love especially Your waves photos!

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