Archive for the ‘pont cadwgan’ Tag

The Long Way Around   12 comments

Last time we had a weekend day seemingly without rain. I was on my own for the day so set out early (by my standards) for a long walk in the Black Mountains. I parked up at Pont Cadwgan and headed up the forest tracks deciding to add in Crug Mawr as an extra option due to the bright morning and the fact its a fine hill.

P1010532

Not quite as clear and sunny as the forecast had indicated but dry and that’s what matters especially with the appalling 2-3 weeks of rain that followed.

P1010533

Crug Mawr doesn’t seem to attract many walkers and I rarely see more than a couple of people up here or on the long ridge that comes down from the high points of the Black Mountains.

P1010535
P1010536

I has my first sit down for the day, actually quite pleased for the breeze as it had been a bit hot and airless on the walk up.

P1010537

Onwards towards those high points I mentioned. This ridge is normally a pretty wet and muddy affair but it was bone dry. Likely it’s returned to business as usual in the meantime.

P1010538

A spell of brighter sunnier weather drew me onwards until I reached Pen y Gadair Fawr.

P1010539
P1010540

Time for another stop as its a few miles along from Crug Mawr.

P1010543

Next stop Waun Fach, highest of the Black Mountains. They have worked wonders in restoring the grassland up here. The path is now much less boggy and there are huge swathes of grass where once was just black bog. The Trig Pillar on the top used to be lost in sea of peat but now stands proud next to a path through the greenery. Sadly the plague of trail bikes are still leaving their trail of damage elsewhere. The National Park really need to more to do educate and restrict them although I’m not sure how.

P1010544
P1010546

Onwards to the northern escarpment for a bite to eat before turning and taking the long route back down the other side of the Gwryne valley

P1010547
P1010548
P1010549

This is looking along the ridge to Chwarel y Fan

P1010550

It turned quite cloudy and cool for a while so my last stop on the top was a brief one.

P1010554

I really like the ridge from here to Bal Mawr. Not narrow but airy enough to expose some grand views.

P1010555
P1010556

A close up shot of Llanthony and its priory.

P1010557
P1010558

Not sure what these trees are – flora and fauna are not my strong point – but they were all in flower all over the lower slopes and looked wonderful both from a distance and close up.

P1010560

Just a matter of picking my way down to and through the forest and back to the car feeling weary and foot sore. Hardly surprising as my mapping software said 20 miles! As far as I’ve walked in a day for a very long time. I was quite pleased with myself.

P1010559

Winter is Over   15 comments

P1060310

Normal November service resumed – after a brief cold snap, mild, damp and grey weather has returned. Last weekend we had THO over for the weekend and managed a couple of walks. On the Saturday after a breakfast at Waitrose (I’m so middle class!) we took a walk up Crug Mawr at the south end of the Black Mountains.

P1060305

And, we had a new friend with us. This is Mac, THO’s dog and what a lovely little fellow he is. Extremely friendly and sociable it was a pleasure to have him on the walk with us. I’d forgotten how good it is to be accompanied by a dog on a walk. Set us thinking and talking about how and why dogs have forged such a close bond with humans from their wilder origins

P1060306

It more than made up for what was really a pretty dismal day. As you can see from the photos it was wet, dark and miserable in terms of weather, but company turned it into a fine outing.

P1060307

We didn’t linger long on the summit of Crug Mawr as it was really windy and, well, damp.

P1060308

At least most of the smaller tops were out of the cloud to give us something of a view.

P1060309

We stopped for lunch at the little church in Patrishow. Despite having walked past many times. I’ve never been inside so we put that right.

P1060311

It’s very old and whilst simple is lovely inside.

P1060311a

The carved wood on the balcony was intricate and would not have looked out-of-place in the Sagrada in Barcelona.

P1060311b

The odd skeleton picture at the back is apparently there to remind us of our mortality!

P1060311c

We had lunch in the Lych gate in front of the Church, Mac scurrying around and begging for whatever food he could scrounge with his puppy dog eyes.

P1060311d

We had plans for a longer walk but we felt satisfied with a walk along the ridge on the other side of the valley and down to the car

P1060313

It’s a fine ridge that see’s few visitors but not at its best today

P1060314

Crug Mawr

P1060316

We headed back to fester at home and enjoy and afternoon and evening watching TV and Mac make himself thoroughly at home in our house.

 

 

 

Posted November 8, 2018 by surfnslide in Black Mountains, Wales, Walking

Tagged with , , ,

%d bloggers like this: