Windy   11 comments

Between the last walk up Ysgyryd Fawr and this one we did a short walk on the Begwyns just north of Hay on Wye. The weather was so grey and dreary that I didn’t take a single picture so this is the next on the list.

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The circuit of Hatterrall Hill from Cwmyoy is default walk when we have an afternoon to spare. Long enough for a decent stretch but short enough to fill a half day.

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We’ve walked it many times but always in the same direction – clockwise – so tried it the other way round for a change including parking outside the wonky church at Cwmyoy rather than the village hall to shave off some time (the forecast was very uncertain)

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The forecast showers didn’t seem to materialise and it was in fact a very sunny and pin sharp day. The low winter sun creating some stunning vistas.

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What the photos don’t show is how extraordinarily windy it was. The forecast was for windy weather but not like this.

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I could barely stand up and was blown across the slopes a number of times even braced by my poles. TBF was actually blown off here feet a couple of times.

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Despite the cracking views we’d both had enough battling against the wind and abandoned the idea of the usual high level circuit.

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We pitched down into the corrie losing the wind and picked up what turned out to be a very fine traversing path we’ve never walked before.

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The photo below looking almost calm and spring-like – it wasn’t!

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We had a brief stop for lunch between these two walls. It was calm when sat down but peering over the wall was like looking into a wind tunnel.

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We climbed to the top of the small summit created by an ancient landslip where the wind was incredible. I’ve no idea how I managed to take this photo but the blurred background is indicative of just how hard it was to stand even remotely still.

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TBF has ben forced to remove a tight fitting hat to save from losing it!

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I’m a fan of the bare look of winter trees framing mountain views so here some good ones from the descent back to the car.

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Short, sweet and very, very windy!

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  1. I don’t mind a bit of wind but not being able to stand is a bit too breezy!! Some great views along the valleys on that walk

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    • It’s strange looking at the photos to realise how windy it was. Like you, I quite like a windy walk but when its blowing you off your feet and there are no rocks to shelter behind it becomes a bit tiresome. A great half day nonetheless

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  2. Nice countryside and grassy paths.

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    Blue Sky Scotland
  3. Gorgeous winter colours, although it sounds like the photos are more than a bit misleading! At least you didn’t get blown to Penrith!

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    beatingthebounds
    • I don’t normally mimd walking in wind but this was extreme – not often I get blown off my feet but had I not had poles I would have been. Penrith could well have been a destination!

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  4. Just shows how still photos don’t always tell the full story

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