Archive for July 2021

Cheeky Wild Camp in Mid Wales   12 comments

Bit behind with the blog again. I’ve been trying to reorganise our summer holidays (COVID has infected our plan to go to Italy) and try and gamble on booking a trip to France over Xmas.

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Anyway, about a month back we decided on a quick overnight to mid-Wales on what looked like an ok bit of weather in midst of a rainy spell. We stopped off for chips on the way and I hoped there would be a breeze in the mountains as the midges forced us to eat in the car!

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Setting off under very gloomy skies I got my wish. What began as a light breeze became a strong wind by the time we reached our intended pitch on Pumlumon Fach. What I hadn’t wished for was the shock cord in my tent poles failing, turning them into long pieces of string. Threading that string back into the poles in a high wind and dim light so I could connect them and pitch the tent was not what I had in mind. Once pitched we managed to chill in the tent as it was too gloomy and cold in the wind to sit outside.

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Despite the mixed forecast it wasn’t at all bad when we woke. Still windy but there were patches of blue sky and sunshine. Breakfast in the tent with a view!

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Our spectacular little camp site.

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Looking back to the main summit of Pumlumon with wisps of cloud still hugging the top.

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We set out for a morning walk to Y Garn, a missing summit in my list of Nuttalls.

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Steep climb to the summit of Pumlumon.

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The weather was improving all the time. Gorgeous view over the Nant-y-Moch reservoir.

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Pumlumon summit.

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Looking out to our/my target of Y Garn.

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It was a really nice walk on a grassy path along the edge. These are not well known hills so we saw no-one.

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Looking back to Pumlomon from Y Garn summit. Another one ticked off!

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Returning over the summit of Pumlumon.

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Pumlumon Fach – our tent is the middle of that photo if you can spot it!

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Time for lunch. I sat outside in the warm sun (and wind), TBF preferring the cosy comfort of the tent.

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Leave No Trace!

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We headed down to the confluence of the Hyddgen and Hengwm valleys hoping to find somewhere for a swim.

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Its wonderful open and wild country with barely a soul around and nothing but very sketchy paths.

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We did indeed find a really nice swimming hole and despite TBF’s shocked expression it wasn’t especially cold.

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Not deep enough for an extensive swim but great to freshen up and enjoy the water.

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We found a cracking little ledge, out of the wind and in the sun to enjoy a brew and second lunch.

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A view over our swimming hole to our little spot in the sun.

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The Hengwm valley. Beautiful, wild and remote but a devil to walk through.

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Time for the easy walk back to the car along the old drovers road.

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Drosgol, one of my missing Marilyns and another summit that I have a plan to camp on.

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And a final view from the car back into this austere area of hills. We were only out for about 24 hours but sometimes all you need to throw off the shackles of everyday life.

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Summer Sunset on Garway Hill   14 comments

It looks like summer finished a couple of weeks ago. A few days of hot sunshine and clear blue skies. Its been pretty unsettled ever since.

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Before we get to that, a few pictures from the previous weekend. We had S over for the weekend and with the weather gorgeous we used that as an excuse to take it easy. A day in the garden (preceded by breakfast and ice creams at the local farm shop)

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Only time we’ve been able to eat out in the garden this year so far.

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A day spent by the river at Bredwardine. Picnic and swimming the order of the day.

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Seems lots of other people had the same idea!

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TBF enjoying the cool waters of the Wye.

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A lovely spot only a few miles from home (although I cycled there and back).

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A couple of days later, with the forecast set to change back to more normal British weather we took an post evening meal stroll up Garway Hill to watch the sunset.

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Late evening as the sun goes down is always a fine time to be out and about. Garway Hill is perfect for this. You can park a short walk from the top and the views are wide and expansive.

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Looking out to the distant Clee Hills.

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And over to the Black Mountains.

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Garway Hill summit.

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Nice place to live.

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The summit construction on Garway Hill.

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After a bit of research by a FB friend I now know what this is (having pondered over it for 20 years!). It’s the basis of a construction for aircraft direction finding that had a wooden part on top. Link here if you’re interested

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Ysgyryd Fawr and the Sugar Loaf in the distance.

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We settled down on the top for sunset with Brownies and fresh Strawberries.

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This distant clouds heralding the incoming change in the weather.

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Whilst it was warm and clear, the lack of clouds didn’t make for the most spectacular of sunsets.

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But just being able to sit out at almost 10pm on a small hill and watch the peaceful scene unfold is pleasure enough.

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Last rays of the sun.

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We had a few pink cloud effects as we walked back to the car.

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Seems like a while ago now that the sun shone so abundantly. No sign of it returning any time soon as I write with the sound of rain on the conservatory roof.

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