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Spring Interlude   12 comments

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The Beasts from the East seem to have had domain over the British weather this year with another one apparently on the horizon for Easter. How pleasant it was then for a walk that didn’t involve putting on goggles and burying my head in a waterproof. The rest of the family were otherwise engaged so a solo walk in one of my favourite parts of the Black Mountains.

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Parking was full in Capel y Ffin so I headed up the very narrow lane in the Nant Bwch valley. Where you reach open fell there is plenty of off-road parking. As I’d be walking back that way anyway it made no difference to the route. It was a glorious day and warm enough to ditch warm hats for a baseball cap to keep the sun off

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I dropped into the village having decided to do the route the other way around from how I’ve tackled it before.

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The best part of the route is a splendid path that traverses between the fields and the open fell. I’ve always walked this stretch at the end of the day when it’s in shadow. This time it was in warm sunshine and its an absolute pleasure

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Despite the number of cars in the village and on the valley road, I saw no-one. Not sure why I’ve never seen anyone on this path as it’s an obvious route and a joy to walk

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Lost in my own thoughts and in the views of fell and field I ate up the miles as the path slowly climbs onto the shoulder of Bal Mawr

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It was half past lunchtime when I reached the ridge so I hunkered down in a heather and horse manure filled hollow for lunch. The views across Ysgyryd Mawr and the Sugar Loaf, all the way to the Severn Estuary and the Mendips were extensive

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So began the long back along the ridge paralleling my route in the valley below

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Its a fine ridge and the miles continued to roll by

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It was clear and sunny but the clouds were starting to fill in and it was chilly in the breeze

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Always hard not look self-conscious and concerned whenever I take a selfie

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The stretch that leads along towards the north edge of the Black Mountains escarpment is a bit of trudge and a boggy one at that.

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Time for a brief rest while sun was out

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Once above the higher reaches of the Nant Bwch valley I cut off from the path across country and back down to the path home. It looked a little rough but I managed to thread together a mix of sheep and pony tracks that made a rather easy route

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Quite surprised to see this walk ended up over 13 miles. My knees, feet and hips were feeling it by the end. A fine warm day before another spell of winter

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Mini Beast on the Sugar Loaf   20 comments

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I was reminded by Facebook that on this day a few years back we were sat outside in the front garden soaking up warm sunshine and drinking a chilled beer. Yesterday was slightly different. Another cold snap was back – the Mini-Beast from the East apparently. Mr and TBF headed out for a brief walk on the Sugar Loaf.

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There was a light dusting of snow and it was bitterly cold.

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There were dark clouds and snow showers all around but we picked a lucky break in the weather. We had several sunny intervals and the snow only found us when we were back at the car

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Some of the views with dark clouds, bright sunshine and snow cover

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We sort spiralled around the summit to make a more interesting route. The long traversing path across the Northern slopes was plastered in ice and snow. All the heavy rain and wet ground from Thursday night was frozen solid. I should have taken my spikes

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The contrast between the sheltered South flank and the summit was staggering. Out of the wind you could have sat and had a break quite comfortably. A couple of yards away up on the summit I could barely stand up. It was as windy and cold as when were in Scotland a couple of weeks back

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The sun came out on the top and the views for a short while were superb. Ysgyryd Fawr taking pride of place

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It was a day for a full winter wrap up

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The paths were treacherous. Much easier to walk through the heather

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The storm clouds were gathering so it was time to quicken the pace and try to get back to the car before the snow storm hit

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We just about made it!

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Excellent couple of hours out in the wild winter that seems to go on forever. I had plans to head out again today. Another heavy fall of 6-8 inches of snow put paid to that. Gives me the chance to stay up to date with the blog .:)

 

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

Post Work Wander   10 comments

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I’m quite taken with the idea of heading our for a walk late Friday after tea. Me and TJS had a go last week but the weather let us down and we copped the only cloudy and damp spell of the weekend. Tonight was much better with a beautiful warm summers evening up on Ysgyryd Fawr. I’ve blogged this walk many times so just I’ll just let the photos do the talking this time

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Marvellous. We even had a cheeky beer on the top 🙂

Posted July 14, 2017 by surfnslide in Black Mountains, Wales, Walking

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Post Walk Amble – Bryn Arw   6 comments

Talking a walk after work is a perfect way to unwind and my drive home from Bristol where I work has plenty of options. Over the past couple of years I don’t seem to have managed it as much as I should. A couple of weeks back I got an opportunity and grabbed it.

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Bryn Arw is one of my favourites and I’ve walked and blogged this route many times. Its perfect for an after work jaunt. Relatively short but with a small mountain feel and superb views.

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It does have a short road section but at this time of year the hedgerows are alive with wild flowers so its hardly a chore. Best of all and for reasons I can’t explain its deserted. I can’t recall seeing more than a couple of other people in the many times I’ve been up here and on an evening as grand as this one I still found it surprising that I saw no-one else.

Ysgyryd Fawr always catches the eye

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It was bright and sunny but cooler than it looked but I managed to find a sheltered spot for the obligatory mountain top cuppa

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The Sugar Loaf also looks good from the summit ridge

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And as this seems to be the age of the selfie……

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Looking back at these photos I’m amazed again at the marvel of modern technology. All these photos were taken with my smartphone. Amazing clarity and image quality from such a small multi-purpose device

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Makes the long days at work feel a little less of a drag when you can take in a walk as good as this on the way home

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 🙂

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

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

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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”

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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…….

Hello 2015 – Blorenge   8 comments

Ditto from the previous post! 🙂

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

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abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

Another classic short walk, high start, no climbing, great views, interesting industrial archeology, name that rhymes with orange. What more do you need from a days walk.

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

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abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

abergavenny, Black Mountain, blaenavon, blorenge, brecon beacons, Pen-Ffordd-Goch, sugar loaf, ysgyryd fawr

Interestingly we did the same walk almost exactly a year ago in exactly the same weather. Funny old world.

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