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Wet and Windy in Westwood   12 comments

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The weekend started out with a night out in Bristol with friends old and new from my Bristol connections. A cracking night out with plenty of laughs and a nice view from my hotel.

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A very long and leisurely breakfast wasn’t quite enough to dispel a mild hangover so a walk on the way home was in order. It was a pretty grim day, dark, stormy and windy so I picked another new Marilyn to attempt between Usk and Chepstow, Wentwood.

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It was chucking it down when I parked up in an empty car park at Cadira Beeches. I headed out with the wind howling through the trees above me but sheltered from the worst of it. 

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Being a forested hill, views were a bit limited and when I did find a break everywhere looked damp and wet. The hangover was gone though!

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I reached the summit to find one of the saddest and most neglected Trig pillars I’ve come across in quite a while.

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I had some occasional glimpses of blue sky and sunshine through the dense forest.

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The broad forestry track I’d been following degenerated into a muddy trawl. I’m becoming used to the idea that mud is a feature on these lower forested hills. A showery view over the Usk river valley.

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After walking the length of the ridge I turned to follow a parallel track below the ridge to the south heading back towards the car.

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The weather started to improve a bit with less rain, more flashes of sunlight but still with a howling wind above me.

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Passing Little Oak and Foresters Oak before reaching a point called The Five Paths. I turned for the short walk back to the car and was greeted with a patch of expansive blue sky and bright sunshine.

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Keen to try and get some views over the valley I struck out on a thin but exceptionally fine path through the woods. Whilst I didn’t really get any wide views the forest was a little less dense so I could at least sense the sky was clear and sunshine was up there, somewhere.

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Some more muddy paths took me through a succession of wooded glades and paths before I was back at the car.

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I was only planning a short stroll to blow out the cobwebs but I was enjoying being out and clocked up 6 miles in a couple of very blowy hours.

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It would be a fine place for a walk in Spring or autumn when it might be a bit less soggy. Another new place discovered and I have to say I’m enjoying the new places the Marylin’s list is introducing to me.

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Posted December 9, 2018 by surfnslide in Wales, Walking

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New Places – Seager Hill   14 comments

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Time to head back out on my quest for new and less walked hills courtesy of my new found interest in the list of Marilyns.

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This time my poring over maps found Seager Hill in what looked like a fairly nondescript corner of Herefordshire. There were paths marked but no rights of way so I was keen to avoid any “get off my land” encounters. In the end I saw no-one at all.

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It had been dank and dreary weekend and even the slight lifting in the gloom engendered low hopes for anything other than an excuse for a bit of fresh air and exercise. A short steep climb from the road had me on top of the ridge which was open with surprisingly good views across the Herefordshire countryside towards the Malverns.

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The area is clearly very much dedicated to the shooting fraternity judging by the viewing seat above and the hundreds of pheasants I startled on my walk.

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As I walked past the Trig pillar and on past the highest point, ticking my list as I went, the skies began to clear a little and there were some broad shots of sunlight. I hadn’t expected to see any sun so was lifted by this positive turn in weather.

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I dropped down into the forest to try and make something of a circuit but it was boggy and wet with deeply rutted tracks that were hard to walk on.

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On my way back up the sunshine was catching this autumnal bush perfectly making it look like fire.

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When I was back on the ridge there was a large patch of blue and a pretty decent setting sun.

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A view back along the ridge.

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I was amazed at my luck again. From a walk designed merely to take a stroll for some fresh air in new surroundings I had a pretty superb finish to the day.

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The walk along the ridge was a pleasure, having it all to myself made it even better.

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Every gap in the trees gave a new view of the setting sun and pink clouds.

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The walk back down through the forest was muddy and a bit of a pain but worth it to make a decent circular walk to fill a couple of hours.

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Just short of 4 miles over an hour or so that rescued a dreary weekend of domestic chores and playing with my new smart home kit. Life is full of delights, planned and otherwise.

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