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Slow Return to Outdoor Life   18 comments

That nasty bout of flu stuck with me for three weeks and really hit me for six (I still have a nagging cough four weeks on). Last weekend I tentatively ventured out for a day outdoors for the first time since I got back from my ski trip. A short trip that I’ve done may times before but one of my favourite local walks

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A decent weather forecast and the cold weather had been replaced by almost spring-like conditions

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Through Cwmyoy village and my favourite wonky church

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Ysgyryd Fawr as always dominates the view to the south

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Wild ponies on the summit

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And the beautiful Vale of Ewyas to the north

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We found a relatively sheltered spot on the summit for a bite to eat and a chat about TJS impending choice of University. When we set off the fickle British weather delivered a punch. The skies had gone very dark and within minutes it was raining, a cold slanting rain that replaced the spring conditions of earlier with a taste of winter. After a soaking, the skies cleared and all was sunny again

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The late afternoon views were rather fine

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The Sugar Loaf

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And a dark looking Ysgyryd Fawr

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I particularly like the light in this shot

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Only 6 miles but I was completely wiped out when I got back to the car. Hopefully I can recover some of my lost fitness over the coming weeks now I seem to be over the bug. Always good to use an old favourite to start over

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An Olde Favourite   10 comments

A very unusual experience to be posting about a walk only a couple of hours after getting home. Normally it’s weeks or even months delay.

Been a quiet couple of weeks since my last post. A weekend of truly dreary weather last week and a drab an grey one this week. Yesterday I indulged my new “passion” for cycling with a 35km ride around the Forest of Dean but today the weather seemed a little brighter (I could actually see the Black Mountains from the bedroom). Forecast said east and not too high so the classic circuit of Hatterall Hill from Cwmyoy fitted the bill.

I’ve been up here many times as its short and satisfying for a half day or after work.

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I’ve enhanced the walk of late with a sneaky way up the back of the small un-named top created by a landslip – I think anyway. The cloudy views were enhanced by some beams of sunlight and scant patches of blue sky

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It was a very mild day but there was a keen wind so finding a lunch stop was a challenge as was not getting ourselves shot. For the second time recently we had to share the hills with several people driving around the summits in 4WDs and armed with shotguns. I have to say I find it intimidating. I have no idea what today’s sport was but in the few hours we were out I never heard a single shot so they can’t have been very successful

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We did find a spot out of the cold wind with a fine view over the Marches countryside

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Nice to get out but I’m starting to reach that point in the year when I want the weather to make up its mind. Either winter needs to re-assert itself or it needs to bugger off for the year and warm up so I can start walking in T-shirts and shorts again. I hate this cold gloom, not sunny but not cold enough for clear skies, frost and snow

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Posted February 19, 2017 by surfnslide in Black Mountains, Wales

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Evening (and Weekend) Rambling   4 comments

Finally managed to get in some evening walks as well as Sunday stroll. All routes and hills I’ve done many times so just a few photos to prove I don’t sit in front of the TV every evening, just most of them 🙂

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

Ysgyryd Fawr – iPhone photos as I forgot my camera and no summit cuppa due to a dodgy gas canister

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

Bryn Arw – another classic “small hill with disproportionately good views”

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

And a Sunday afternoon stroll around Hatterrall Hill. Complete with young foals – everyone say “aaaaahhhhh”

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

ysgyryd fawr, brecon beacons, black mountains, skirrid fawr, bryn arw, hatterrall hill

I drive past all these hills on my home from work so nice to climb them from time to time after a long day in a crappy office doing a crappy job. Equally, as they are on my way home I should do it more often. But there are so many great TV shows around I need watch though…….

Tantalising Glimpse of Summer   7 comments

One  week on from deep snow and spindrift in Scotland we were back home and treated to a glorious warm spring day. TBF was away at her sisters so I informed the kids we were going out for a walk. TJS was chuffed TJF less so.

I chose my classic Hatterrall Hill walk as it’s an easy high level stroll for such a fine day. I’ve posted about this several time , the last one over Xmas a couple of years back and a post work walk a year before that. Plenty of words on those posts so just a few words and memories from the day this time:

 

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Past the wonky church at Cwmyoy

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Spring lambs were frolicking or in this case asleep

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The day was warm and glorious

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TJS strode out ahead

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While TJF pottered along at the rear taking photos

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Once on the summit the walking was easy and the views superb

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We enjoyed playing with self timed photos and remote shutter releases

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Onto Offa’s Dyke and a visit to the Trig Pillar

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Before starting the stroll back down

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The green fields under  blue sky and sunshine were a good deal more pleasant than in the dark in the mud

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hatterrall hill, cwmyoy, black mountains, offas dyke

hatterrall hill, cwmyoy, black mountains, offas dyke

A fabulous day out just the three of us and even TJS enjoyed it more than she’d like to admit 🙂

There is still hope….

Crug Mawr One Year On   4 comments

A repeat of a walk I did with TJS at the same time last year. This time he was off on a school trip to France and TJF was in a actting workshop. Me a TBF had a few hours to complete a walk before we picked her up. It was something of a brisk walk to make sure we got back in time to pick her up but it’s a fine walk. This year we stopped in the churchyard for lunch. There is a full write up at the link here so I’ve just included a few choice photos and slideshow for this version

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Crug Mawr, black Mountains, patrishow,  Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort, Vale of Ewyas,

Small hills with disproportionately big views – Bryn Arw   4 comments

I like the title of this post as a possible title for a book I will never write. I’ve developed quite a fondness for small hills and this one on my doorstep is real favourite. Located just on the fringes of the Black Mountains, themselves relatively quiet, this hill I guess sees few visitors. I’ve been up many times and rarely seen anyone on its summit or lower slopes.

I’ve posted walks up here a couple of times before (read a post here with more words), so here a few pictures from a winter day when we all grabbed a short walk between the rains that swamped the UK back in January

bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betwsI dropped the family off where the paths starts and took the car to the other end. The road back is nice and quiet and I enjoyed the walk, it was streaming with rain water!

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bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betwsAs we climbed up the steep slopes the clouds looked mean, moody and magnificent with the dark blue winter sky between

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bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betwsA breezy lunch stop overlooking Ysgyryd Fawr

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bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betwsThe ridge is broad and easy angled and perfect for a family stroll. Even TJF seemed to be enjoying the day. As with all small hills it gives an unrivalled views of the higher peaks

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bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betws

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bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betws

bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betwsI’ve been watching this poor, gnarled old tree slowly wither and die over the past 11 years I’ve been walking up here. It’s well and truly dead now.

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bryn arw, ysgyryd fawr, sugar loaf, betwsWonderful winter day and as always we saw no-one, a hill well worth seeking out.

A short stroll from Llanthony Priory   8 comments

Still playing catch up with the blog. Been busy planning a major family trip for next summer so I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties. This one is from mid April after the cold weather from Easter had gone for good. Me and TJS stole an afternoon for a quick jaunt into the Black Mountains from Llanthony Priory

5 Miles, 1,250 feet of ascent

5 Miles, 1,250 feet of ascent

It’s a splendid spot situated in the fine Vale of Ewyas. In my humble opinion it’s one of the finest valleys in Britain and deserves to be better known. I’d neglected to pack my camera so the photos are taken with my iPhone. I know that people claim that phones take as good a picture as most compact camera’s but I’m not convinced. I rarely take photos with the phone but one thing I would say is that they are very handy fall-back for muppets like me who forget their camera when out walking!

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Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

The climb to the ridge is through open fields, woodland and then up over Loxidge Tump and onto the open fellside. It’s been such a while since I did this walk and due to the limited photos I only have  a vague recollection of the finer points of the day. I do recall hearing birdsong near the ridge and thinking it was the first I’d heard this year and how perhaps winter was now officially over!

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

The stroll along Offa’s Dyke and down the ridge was as always pleasant and easy going. I’ve walked part of this section on many occasions from the opposite side to take in the Black Darren landslip (the most recent walk is here).

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

It was hard to imagine that only a few weeks previously the whole area was blanketed in snow. Despite it being a sunny day there was a chill wind blowing and we had to drop down to the NE slopes to find some shelter for the usual routine of packed lunch and fresh cuppa.

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Black Mountains

Black Mountains

We continued along the ridge towards Hatterall Hill and then turned sharp right back onto the Brecons Way. The path is another of those high level and gently traversing paths above the valley that I love so much. You can cover the ground with ease while still taking in the expansive views. The summit ridge is so broad that the views are a little restricted but on these paths the views are much more open and interesting.

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Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

Vale of Ewyas, Llanthony Priory

We chatted about the possible plans for our big holiday next year (more to follow when I’ve sorted it) and almost before we knew it we were heading over the fields back to the priory. A short day, but a good one – from what I remember anyway.

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