Happy Blogiversary – Craig y Cilau   6 comments

The postman hasn’t been yet so I’m assuming that all the cards and pressies are on their way. Thanks again everyone, you’re too kind 🙂

4 years since I started writing so I thought I’d check my stats for some headlines. Yeah, like I never check my stats right!

264 Posts

42,827 Page Views

2,253 Comments

Best Day, April 24th 2014, 173 Page Views

Best Month, January 2014, 1,603 Page Views

Most Popular Post – https://surfnslide.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/waterfalls/ with 985 views (actually I lied it was my review of a Berghaus Jacket but reviews don’t count)

Followers 167

Not too shabby really. Never thought my blog would become my obsession but it pretty much dominates my spare time. I often find myself reading old posts and looking at the photos. I find it rather comforting to have a detailed diary of my outdoor life and family trips although it always starts the thought process as what on earth I’d do if WordPress ever ceases or worse they suffer a catastrophic failure. I’ve never looked at whether you can back up a blog. Perhaps I should.

Anyway, enough introspection and back to the real world. My memories of Xmas from last year was of rain, lots of rain with short walks snatched between periods of foul weather. This year we had a winter. After a couple of days of festering indoors it was time to go outside. TJS loves his hiking but TJF doesn’t. We needed a short walk but an interesting one and this is one of the best I know.

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

The normal route takes you down over the fields and into Llangattock before climbing back up. It looked like the sun was never going to climb over the edge so we set off to reverse the route. Even then it looked like we might never see the sunshine even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. On a whim I headed up to the edge to find the sun, hoping there would be a path. Inspired idea.

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

It’s not easy to find a way through the cliffs of Craig Y Cilau. The are pretty continuous and unclimbable with almost no break and we had to walk a good half a mile before we found a way up onto the edge

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Once we did it was magnificent. Gloroius sunshine with the low sun lighting up the browns of the bracken into gold to contrast with green fields of the Usk valley, the brooding Black Mountains and the blue sky

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

We found a reasonably sheltered spot in the sunshine for lunch. I love eating my lunch in the sunshine in winter

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

There was indeed a path all the way along the edge, a bit squelchy in places but a magnificent route. Perched high above the cliffs the views are magnificent and the winter colours amazing. There were sink holes everywhere to remind you this is limestone country and home to some of the longest cave systems in Britain

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Sadly we had to drop down to return and immediately lost the sun for the day. The walk starts through a weirdly contorted landscape of old quarry workings. A mini mountain range of twisting micro-ridges and valleys. Fascinating but bitingly cold. It doesn’t get any sun at this time of year.

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

From there it follows and old level quarry road under the cliffs. A dark and chilly walk on a cold December afternoon but it must be a sunny pleasure in summer. There are cave entrances everywhere, well worth an explore but it was far too cold for such fun at this time of year

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

The light show on the Black Mountains turned them a dusky golden colour as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

As we passed through the really quite lovely meadow of Waun Ddu there was a mist starting to form above the stream. It was enchanting but hard to capture a decent image.

Black Mountains, craig y cilau, crickhowell, llangattock, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, welsh valleys, waun ddu

A fabulous walk before winter arrived in earnest

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6 responses to “Happy Blogiversary – Craig y Cilau

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  1. You’ve muddled up two posts here, the anniversary one and the Christmas walk one. I’m all confused, I can’t think straight…….

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  2. You got a notification from WordPress then. Me too. I’m guessing our gifts have passed each other in the mail. I’d second all the things you say about blogging. And then there’s the way in which you find yourself becoming very knowledgeable, through other people’s blogs, about things you would never have guessed you would take an interest in, and places you never knew existed.
    This looks like another very fine day out. You always enjoy eating in the sun: winter, spring summer or fall,….(hang on, nearly burst into song there). Actually, you always enjoy eating full-stop, not, I hasten to add, that there’s anything wrong with that!
    Don’t think I’ve heard Otis Grand’s version of Sleepwalk before. Secretly, I used to be quite a fan of The Shadows, however. Must have been the cool dance routines. Routine. Step.

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    beatingthebounds
    • It s a good walk this one now I’ve improved it. One to show off next time you come down for a visit. The kids would love it, loads of interesting stuff. Lunches packed for another cold lunch, hopefully in the sun in the Beacons

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  3. Happy Blog day old chap, your present is still in the shop 🙂

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    backpackingbongos

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