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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 🙂

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

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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

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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! 🙂

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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.

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

Christmas Eve on The Sugar Loaf   4 comments

What better way to prepare for a day at home cooking, fannying about with spanners putting toys together and getting fat than a walk in the mountains

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A lazy day. We got up late and had an early lunch before heading out. A short walk with no navigational pressure was in order so the classic Sugar Loaf circuit was on Santa’s list

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Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

A walk I’ve done and blogged many times if you look for it on the blog and need some words and maps

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Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

Or in other words I’m too lazy to write it up – again.

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Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

So, use your imagination and make up your own words, don’t just sit there relying on me to write them, I’m busy. Well actually I’m not busy but you get the idea. A couple of beers and I’ve gone all esoteric 🙂

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Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, pen cerrig calch, sugar loaf, table mountain, ysgyryd fawr

Happy Christmas – for 6 weeks ago. A bit late but its the thought that counts.

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, 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.

High on a Hilltop near Abergavenny – Blorenge   6 comments

The problem with being several months behind with your blog posts is that you forget stuff. I claimed in my previous post that the it was the only totally dry day over the Xmas holiday. Well it wasn’t. They day after now I’ve checked my photos was also rather nice, albeit a little cold As we had TJF with us a walk starting high without much climbing was needed. Blorenge fits that bill as you can park at 500m pretty much on the summit. Me and TJS walked up here a couple of years ago so I wanted to introduce the other family members to its charms. Poor TJS was feeling under the weather with a cold and only came out ‘cos he thought I’d make him! I’m not that much of an ogre – am I?

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The whole area is marked with the remains of industry long gone. The old pit town of Blaenanvon is a mile away and the hills are criss-crossed with disused tramways. It was one of those we followed today We parked up at Pen-Ffordd Goch Pond which looked stunning under a clear sky.

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It was perishingly cold though with a harsh frost just thawing. Rather than take the main path we skirted along the east edge. Not a great idea as it was astonishingly wet. We managed to get back onto the tramway without too much wet foot idiocy and carried on.

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The tramway is a fine stroll, perfectly level with wide views across the Usk valley to the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, Sugar Loaf in particular catching the eye as it always does.

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As the tramway fades out the grassy edge becomes precipitous and the view over the town of Abergavenny towards Ysgyryd Fawr is especially fine. I have a love for views over towns for some reason. Being able to pick out the lattice-work of streets and the signs of the real lived-in world seem to contrast with the wild beauty of the mountains – in my head at least.

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As always we had a lunch stop planned but there was a biting cold wind and it turned into a pretty grim lunch. TBF had several fleeces, two down duvets and a cagoule on and I was chilled to the bone. TJS was feeling very sorry for himself. I should really invest in a family sized bothy bag for such occasions.

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Surprisingly TJF really seemed to be enjoying the walk, probably as there is less than 100 foot of ascent on the entire route

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As we turned to head back over the main summit the weather started to turn with dark brooding clouds threatening the rain that was to continue for most of the rest of the winter. It gave some atmospheric shots before we dropped back down to the lake and car. I’ve never seen TJS look so relived to get into the car. 🙂

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And then the rains came…….

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