A really nice Saturday morning so I'm up early and I've actually tempted to have another go at this bridden hills three peak walk I devise a few different routes now so this is quite a challenging route that I devised and yet I still need to publish it, all the distances and routes are documented.
walking from the main car park at the bottom of the bridden hill and I literally walked over the over to middletown hill then heading down middletown and then back up moel y golfa and then on to the final Hill which was bridden hill and Rodney's Pillar totally elevation was 770m so effectively I climbed a mountain with the added elivation
So yes I walked over the breidden hills then back up and down.
quite a cold day for walking but still is Sunday we want to go out for a good walk so we tried vivid mountain which is a 9 mile walk circular Heather Moorland, walking past the old Cambrian slate quarries slate mines.
starting at the old slate mining village of Glyn Ceiriog heading past the for mentioned quarries and heading up the western slopes of Y Foel and eventually meeting up with the Llangollen round and north berywn way for the final assent of vivod mountain and then carrying on to meet up with forest track of the vast Nantyr forest and eventually finishing back at Glyn Ceiriog
I thought I would get a walking blog in which I thought was quite interesting, we have completed a few winter Sunday short walks around Llangollen which keeps fitness up and of course limited my the shorter days, the evening are starting to pull out now.
Anyway time to get another section of the sandstone trail in with of course my beloved book "circular walks of the sandstone trail" which walking end to end of the sandstone trail one Sunday afternoon could be a challenge.
One thing I have to say is I really love the Peckforton Hills its like a small hilly kingdom of things to find, great views,caves the brilliant sandstone trail and of course two fantastic castles to add.
So today's walk starting near the Pheasant inn at the candle workshop which has a car park for walkers just outside the workshops, for today we are we are following from the book walk 8 Burwardsley of a distance of 8km and taking in a good section of the sandstone trail with a spur added to take in Rawhead which is the highest point of the point of the sandstone trail at 227 metres and commanding fine views across towards Chester and the buildings Liverpool visible.
Bulkeley Hill which is owned by the National trust which was on walk provided some brilliant views across the expanse of the Cheshire Plains viewing as far as the peak district of North ease Cheshire and the huge radio telescope at Jodrell bank.
onto Rawhead for the spur which i just mentioned and we find a well known locally as "Droppingstone" (drippingstone).
We found a few signs of spring along the route on this surprisingly mild January day and even sat outside in the beer garden to enjoy the Cheshire views and cider
Over the Christmas period I manage to get a few walks under my belt with the available day light, poor light has made photography difficult most of the time, but the weeks leading up with snow given me some brilliant snow night photography,with winter in mind I have written my contribution of 2018 November\Decembers edition of shire magazine which will be really good as It inspired me to write it at the right time of year also with the right photography too,I thought no good writing a winter walk in summer as you need the feel of the walk , with freelance writing I have a few good writing projects ideas and projects underway. some being short true local stories.
This year I was amazed to find one of my photos in the final 22 of "mountain photographer of year" in trail magazine, unfortunately I did not win but I feel honored to been short listed to of got that far.
The photo was of Crib Goch in quite a different perspective which i should get framed up really,and maybe I should enter a some photography and writing competitions.
Walking I logged up on my fitness app in 2017 was 919km which has kept me fit and health, inspired and enjoyed every bit of it plus whopping 1858km of cycling.
Boxing day walk was a nice flat walk along the Llangollen canal with my partner Glenys, starting at Trevor for a there and back walk to LLangollen, lunch at the station and a wonder around and of course I had taken my camera, the distance walked was 15km also this route makes great cycle ride too.
Saturday 30th December was a routine I devised witch i call the bridden hill three peaks, which starting a middletown on the powys\Shropshire border involves walking to the summit of middletown hill then walking over into Shropshire then a ridge doubling back into wales for a walk to the summit of bridden hill with tower Rodneys pillar on the summit, then involves a walk over and up to the summit of moel y golfa, that my bridden hill hill three peaks walk quite a lot of walking involved and a little bit challenging with a distance of 14km, I completed this with my son Tom.
31st of december up early to follow a section of olwyn glyder trail from welshpool/to golfa hill summit for a there and back walk of 11km and of course the first walk of the year....
1st of January 2018 again started at the same point of yesterday walk at the Owain Glyndwrs stone which marks the start or finish which ever direction you walk the route, so this time walking with Glenys along the canal tow path which this one was the Montgomery Canal for walk past pool quay and then up the quiet lane to the summit of the Rhualt hill then onto a enjoyable bridleway and lanes and back onto the canal, plenty of wild life along the canal which we saw a woodpecker, heron lots of moorhens and of course we finished with distance of 15km and rewarded ourselves with mince pie and coffee at the royal oak in welshpool a great walking start to 2018......happy new year
From Clive and Glenys
Plenty of snow on the ground today so I have taken the great opportunity for some Photography in the snow which was quite a challenge keeping the camera dry but still great fun, all the photos today were using my favorite lens the trusty 36mm.
Starting in Welshpool so no driving involved and good three mile walk.
All the photography you can see were using the manual setting so no point and shoot and all freehand
Right on my Doorstep I am lucky to have some Shropshire hills close by just over the Border from Powys, Landscape which inspired author
Mary Webb to write her books and if I can quote from Mary Webb "it was cold in the callow, a spinney of silver birches and larches that topped the hill" from the novel Gone to earth Chapter one.
Now I have set the scene of were we are heading too today which is Bromlow Callow, so what is Bromlow Callow?
Bromlow Callow is a hill topped with a circle of trees which this landmark is very distinctive and for one good reason, is that it was once a navigation add for drovers about 300 years ago heading to the markets the west midlands and of which of course Mary Webb quoted it in her book.
todays walk we started near the small border village of Priest Weston, and the nearby Corndon hill and passing Mitchells fold which is Bronze Age stone circle, which there is a high concentration of Bronze Age Cairns, burial mounds and standing stones and of course stone circles, I have always found this area quite mystical and from here we are three miles from Bromlow Callow and with a small diversion we head onto Stapeley Hills summit Cairn with a elevation of 403m overlooking a specular landscape.
From here the walk is wonderfully waymarked (thank you Shropshire council) all the way to Bromlow Callow on this elevated walk until reaching a minor road we head up the final stretch to the top of Bromlow Callow and enjoy the wonderful views of the flat Plains of Shropshire below, we head over and walk the lane below and around the hill and head back across to Mitchells Fold.
please feel free to add a comment or ask for any details of todays walk
and we head back into some dramatic weather. heading back I mentioned I thought heard thunder, I then dismissed then the following day reports in parts of the country namely north wales it was reported that there was sightings of metors entering the atmosphere maybe that's what heard and I am convinced that's what I heard
An crisp autumn day with no rain or wind, blue sky wrapped up warm was the basis of a walk high above Pontfadoc to seek fine views which our objective was totally successful today.
Starting at the infamous Pontfadog station as seen in the image below which is part of the Glyn Ceriog tramway as now nicknamed out of affection "Pontfadoc town hall", which if you wish to see this fine old station it lies 4 miles from Chirk on the B5400 adhering to the village 30mhp speed limit, it sits neatly on the side of the road opposite a private car park in the village.
Spot the stone bridge and thats were we start our walk today following a quiet lane, turning into a wooded track through Coed Pen-Craig with plenty of Photography of trees in the mixed woodland elevating gently through the trees up the hill to find outstanding views of the Berwyn mountains and surrounding hills in the valley below we spot the former mining town of Glyn Ceriog tucked between the wood and hills.
Now the elevation levels out and we head towards one of the finest examples of Offas Dyke Dyke I have ever seen, which followed the true line of the English / Welsh border which I checked on my GPS to find correct however it once created a border between the Mercia and Wales,however some readings state its true function is debatable , if you stubble across the offas Dyke and you yourself are in the ditch of the earth works then thats the welsh side of the dyke and retrospectively the raised mound being the English side.
Enjoying the now changed views over the north shropshire and Cheshire Plain with Pickfordton hills and beyond the Derbyshire peak district appears as a fine line on the horizon.
Following King Offas finely constructed ditched border down hill to a path where we are greeted while a fine view of Chirk Castle across the valley and looking right down onto the former Battle site of the "1165 battle of Crogen" where King Henry II army was defeated by Owain Glyndwr , I have done quite a lot of reading on our last true Prince of wales I have found Owain Glyndwrs history interesting yet this history is sometimes forgotten.
Now we leave Offas Dyke behind following an ancient old stone bridleway were we find a old stone well and we descend along ancient rights of ways and finally onto a Lane and we finish back at "Ponfadog town hall"
So the snowdoina adventure began on friday morning 10th of November (the day after my birthday) at Zip World Fforest nestled in the Conwy valley just outside Betws-y-coed, this involved zipping through the woods on a alpine roller-coaster which is great fun and worth having a go at and then a bit of Photography below the bridge in Betws-y-coed and a wonder about.
next we are off to Beddgelert for two nights normally we would have stayed in Betws-y-coed but we went for somewhere in the heart mountains this time.
November 11th 2017.
Sat eating breakfast and a check of the weather on my phone for a weather check on Snowdon weather report says clear on the summit and good visibility for three hours "oh good" now we do not like Snowdon in the summer due to the crowds and rubbish left behind on the summit and at how commercialized it is with the cafe, train and the pushing and shoving, after September the mountain regains as itself as mountaineers mountain status, hence we have gone in November.
Todays route taken today is via the Rangers path to the summit never walked it before and I love it, straight in and steep then levels out and straight up again with plenty of zig-zags, then meets up with the Lanberis path and pyg track, quite a few walkers up but there walkers and no pushing and shoving like it is in the summer, visibility zero on the summit which we do not really mind, the fun is the journey up and down.
I have brought the hot drink facility's which is my camping stove and cups, so were sat on the station summit platform drinking hot coffee in zero visibility yes the weather report was wrong, now its getting really cold sat in one spot so pack the stove away and follow the railway track down back onto the Ranger path for fast decent to get warmed up again.
In the car back for the short Journey back the Hotel we are staying in back at Beddgelert , ahh bliss sat down by a open fire with a glass of wine and a Cider total bliss.
November 12th 2017
Check out of the hotel day and a big cooked breakfast, off to the Slate mining town Blaenau Ffestiniog for a walk up to Stwlan Dam up what I can only explain as an Alpine style road twisting its way up to the Dam, the reservoir is part of a huge 360 megawatt pumped storage hydro power-station, the decommissioned Magnox nuclear power-station visible from Stwlan Dam stands out like some sort of giant castle sat out in the middle of the snowdonia National park if the truth be known it is a highly contaminated site with decontamination an ongoing process that will take 92 years until after its closure or another way of looking at it 124 years after in construction started....give me hydro power any day.....
we will most certainly be back in the spring to explore the slate mines of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the spring.
Well I am please to say I made it into the final of trail magazine mountain of the year photography competition and I have narrowed down to the last 22, now just wait in anticipation for the final voting and judging.
whats the is photo of? its Grib Goch in Snowdonia, taken perched on rock with over 1500 feet ether side of me below and Pen y Pass road looking like a piece of string call it extreme photography if you like, look carefully you can see walkers carefully making there way across the "knife edge"arete, look a little beyond and that is snowdon., I used a 35mm lens as I am a minimalist photographer as i like to keep things simple to which turned out to good effect.
When was asked by trail magazine of should I say been told I made the final there editor asked for the original, which I had lost the memory stick it was on, lucky I found it and only just made the deadline.....so finger crossed
Very wet underfoot of any hill walking today which gave us a instinctive to have go at a some bird hide photography at the brilliant RSPB bird hide Coed y Capel at Lake Vyrnwy.
This hide has a abundance of wild birds due to the well maintained bird feeders and the hide itself is warm cosy and some seating, I can just sit there with the camera set if its raining its no problem, being situated by the cafe you can pop in for hot tea and good parking nearby and the RSPB shop nearby to as well as a walk around the wood sculpture park I managed to get some Photography of the Lake Vyrnwy Dan.
However I look at it Lake Vyrnwy has and always has provide me with some best Photography everything from wildlife, the landscape of the surrounding hills and mountains, the weather to can be interesting to Photography as well, and of course the elegant Gothic style straining tower were water starts is long journey to Liverpool.
Lots of interesting history surrounds the Lake including sacrifice the of the drowned village with people losing there homes and way of life engulfed under water to feed a distant city unaware of were the water comes from.
I have walked around the 12 miles lake shore line, ran around it, cycled it, driven round it, canoed in the lake, found hidden capel which avoided being drowned as its sits 6 feet from the shore line, in winter water laps into the doorway.
above-here is one of the feeders you can see its really busy and you can see the birds sit on the nearby branches which was were a captured most of the photography
BELOW-Some different perspectives of the Dam
Up early today for a walk in by own back yard with a my Camera, starting at the Canal museum in Welshpool for walk along the Montgomery Canal to Berriew in excellent weather with blue skys, I did however experience a freak downpour which last about 10 minutes thankfully did not ruin the walk,
more of a photography walk than just a walk as it was good light and I love my vitamin D too, I wanted to catch the last of the leaves while they are that wonderful golden rust and brown before we get a frost just to spoil the fun of Autumn and my photography , no luck spotting one of the kingfishers that zip by me some times just my routine friendly encounter with the swans.
Plenty of photography along the way in glorious weather except that horrible freak downpour, stopped at the tea shop for tea cakes and pot of tea, then a adventurous return following rights of ways which involved walking the lower ramparts of a iron age fort, then walking the peaceful lanes through Powis estate and of course passing the famous powis Castle itself with provided some trees to photograph with Deers keeping there distance today a the castle had a lot of visitors, with just under 20km walked I finised with a well deserved pint of cider in the Royal Oak back in Welshpool by the open fire...bliss
Slightly different sort of blog and more of a update today as I can say is have been following and documented a walking a route to Castell Dinas Bran as I am back to writing my walks for magazine, last time I wrote was for Yatter Yatter which I had a regular page, then sadly the magazine ceased publication following the tragic death of the magazines owner, now I am back to writing for its replacement called shire, looks as I am writing on the same sort if format writing around 400 word which can be a changing but interesting.
For the details on this walk you will need to get a free copy of SHIRE magazine, I will be covering for the magazine as I have been as to by the publisher. the walks I will cover as i plan to be inspiring as possible.....
while I am on the subject of magazines and photography, I entered a photo in Trail magazine which I am pleased to say has been shortlisted for judging and my entry is going to be featured in Decembers edition of Trail.
Enjoy the photography from our walk
On walking on high ground today as storm Brian is immanent so not a bad idea and more appropriate to stay on low ground, which today walk from a leaflet I picked up in Llangollen back in the summer, so this walk is downloadable from-
you can see from the photos I took we were lucky with the weather, which we made the right decision to go on this walk which was quite and adventure and a visit to Dendigh castle, one thing i have got to say is look at the photo below of this excellent entrance to this woodland the detail is so intricate and at the same time welcoming and with excellent way makers and well maintained by Denbigh council which i was most impressed by (please take notice Powys county council).
Ii would highly take a look having a go at the Denbigh town walk and of course the walk is downloadable
A update on my cycle commute along a 23km section of the Montgomery Canal and it looks as I am really losing the daylight as the evenings draw in, one the clocks go back i am really going to miss the wildlife but on the other hand I can look forward to the spring and follow the progress of the swans.
A big noticeable difference to the temperature too cycling back, so gloves at the ready.
I have fitted some mudguards to stop the spray when wet yet I could of done with theses few time in the summer when caught in the downpour.
I have also been using a osprey cycling commuter rucksack which is a blessing as it is designed for the purpose of cycling only.
I was lucky this evening witness this amazing sunset however 2km from home I expect next week at this location it will be dark.
But i just loved this amazing sky and of course greeted by the swans I have taken a special interest the progress of cygnets and parents.
Location of images- Belan locks,Welshpool
Well what an adventure today, we had taken the train to Barmouth for some exploring high above Barmouth to walk just inside the Snowdonia National Park.
I have never traveled on the train along the Cambrian Coast before except heading south to Aberystwyth, so today heading north along this outstanding section of railway way which is an adventure itself.
The Cambrian railway starts at Shrewsbury then at Dovey Junction the railway separates on the junction south for Aberystwyth were the line terminates and north the line follows welsh coastline to Pwllhehi where the line terminates here too, our stop today is Barmouth with at last I get to cross the famous Barmouth railway bridge and most appropriate as there is celebrations in the evening in Barmouth to celebrate 150 years of this amazing wooden bridge.
The railway line literally hugs the coastline following the contours of the landscape with the sea appears just feet away on the Dovey estuary and heads into a few tunnels, one really good part was on a elevated section as the railway precariously hangs on the side of the cliff then a decline from the elivated section of track to fairborne station and then a euphoric section over the Barmouth bridge, with no worries of driving or parking as the logistics are taken care of using the train today.
Leaving the station behind on our walk we originally were heading to a big hill called Diffwys however the cloud level was at 150m which checking my GPSs elevation would of put us in some thick cloud if were headed higher and the idear was to get some great views of Cadair Idris and the surrounding mountains, so plan B was to use the route and head to the Carrig Arthur stone circle just under the cloud level then head back to Barmouth via quiet and peaceful lanes and a finally heading through Coed Orielton (woods) and finally back to enjoy Barmouth itself.
The famous 150 year old grade two listed Barmouth bridge carrying the railway over the Mawddach. opened October 10th 1867 and made mostly of wood to save transport costs and bring in wood from the sea would of been cheeper, originally a Drawbridge section to let tall ships pass the replaced with a swing out iron section which has now been fixed as there are no longer the need of tall ships to pass up the Mawddach. overall an outstanding structure and Landmark on the North wales coast
Today a marinading walk in the Clwydian Hills starting at the Loggerhead Country Park in Denbighshire (post code CH7 5LH).
The park provides a excellent hub for many walks, with it dramatic Limestone outcrop providing a backdrop and nestled in beautiful wooded valley and the River Alyn following by.
Today we followed one of my KITTIWAKE books which is MORE WALKS IN THE CLWYDIAN RANGE and OS map 265, following our walk titled South of Loggerheads.
Well maintained waymarkers lead the way through fields to hidden and abandoned mine workings to explore, following the river Alyn through a stunning wooded gorge and elevating our way up a hill with the expanse of the Clwydian hills and Moel Famau with its ruined tower crowning its summit into view.
The route leads us to a Big Covert which is a wooded hill with a bridleway leading sue through the this mixed woodland, providing some time in the wood to photograph mushrooms which is good fun seeking them out.
We pass a hidden cave in the wood as we head towards Maeshafn and for a short distance along a peaceful lane and finally a long section of a bridleway and finally to finish at the Tearoom at Loggerhead Country Park for a big pot of Tea and Tea cakes.
A enjoyable photography session this afternoon in The Elan valley at Dol-y-Mynach, a fairly damp day which given us some fun exploring the far end of the Reservoir which itself is a peaceful place with an abundance of the amazing Red Kites soaring over head
This mornings walk involved lots of photography on this looped walk to Rodney's Pillar which sits aloft on Breidden Hills 367m summit.
Lots of Photography throughout the walk as you can see on this photographic walk....
Finally my weekday after work walking hill walking looks as the shorter daylight hours has put a stop to getting to the summit of any of my local hills in daylight, let still i can continue mid week walking but on distances of 3-6 miles on the flat.
So tonight i got to the summit of Golfa hill after sunset, i was 1.5km from the summit when i checked my Garmin and the sun had set 3 minutes previous.
Yet still the walk was so rewarding as you can see from my photography from the walk up and from summit from Golfa Hill.
Walk- first or last (depending which way you walk the route) section of Owain Glyndwrs Way
I tend to Tweet quite a lot of Photos from my cycle commute along the Montgomery Canal, with just a few snippets of information posted which I thought I should post a Photographic blog of my commute with images starting 3kms outside of Newtown in Powys.
My Journey to work starts By catching the train from Welshpool to Newtown, now with myself working in a Medical Practice it is not ideal to cycle as for instance getting wet before work or the dreaded flat Tyre, so ideally the morning Logistics could be a problem so with catching the train its ideal, i arrive clean dry and most importantly on time to start my clinics.
My return trip is by Cycle so let me share with you this amazing 23K afternoon commute between Newtown and Welshpool...
Firstly i have to point out traveling on the main road is not ideal as I find it unsafe with traffic cutting cyclists up, With the Montgomery Canal Tow path in excellent condition to cycle along it provides me with traffic free and safe environment for the 23km cycle ride back to Welshpool, I have to say I absolutely love Cycling back after work the positive points are exercise, fresh air and combining Photography along the way with a abundant of wild life along the way with flora and fauna , the odd flash of blue of a kingfisher, family of swans I have watched there young grow throughout the season.
So lets being my journey along the Montgomery Canal.......
This a family of swans i took special interest of there progress. There are nine cygnets and have been no looses todate, I have been doing a head count once week, nine cygnets is a good number as swans tend to have a clutch of three to eight egg, the cygnets are more independent from the parents now which is getting a little harder to keep tabs on the numbers as they now tend to spread them selves along the canal.
At last i get to go on the Llangollen Steam Railway, I have lost count of the amount of times i have walked around Llangollen and visited Llangollen railway station for some railway photography.
This was a plan B in action as low cloud on the hills and the met office says the the sun will come out at 4pm, which is bit of a wait so Plan B was hatched a while back if the weather was poor, which today plan B was put into action.
I am also going to recommend this walk as it was planned out by myself and I have not used one of my many walking books, If you like walking and trains then you will enjoy this walk, firstly the distance is 14km of flat walking along quiet lanes, which however we ventured over a hill if you walk the lane full it is approx 15-15km.
Your First port of call will be to check the times of the trains at Llangollen station and a visit to the booking office to purchase a single ticket to Carrog which at £7 is worth it for the logistics of a liner walk is completed.
The journey gave us a different perspective of the Dee Valley and the railway as the steam train made that old rickety rack, rickety rack sound the river Dee and hills dominating the journey, I could of easily stayed on the train all day, with on stop completed at Glyndyfrdwy station our train pulls in the Carrog station, incidentally if you have seen the 1995 film the "English man who went up the hill and came down the mountain" one scene form the film was filmed inside Carrog Station.
once leaving the Station head up the Lane to towards the Grouse inn (a convenient stop for pre-walk refreshments) and heading over the old pack bridge turn right on the B5437 unless you take a left to the grouse inn.
From here its just a blissfully enjoyable walk along the lane towards Llangollen, I would advice walking with caution due to the rare car that will pass, no need for a map just enjoy the walk ( star inn is on route for liquid refreshments) heading to Llantysilio while keeping a lookout for Llantysilio church which is a matter of heading past the church as you are now on Llantysilio Green and follow the signs to the horseshoe falls to enjoy the beauty and then a your walk becomes canal walk, we concluded this walk at Llangollen wharf.
- enjoy your walk
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Another walking book plucked out from my walking book collection for todays walk,this a local walk for us today as the weather not to good in the morning we decided on a afternoon walk. Todays choice is one of the KITTIWAKE books-Walks along the Llangollen Canal, this compact little book has total of 38 looped canal walks centered on the Llangollen Canal with walks following the full length in intervals including three walks branching onto the Montgomery Canal, walk 1 starting at Horseshoe falls to the far end of the canal at Hursleston junction (walk 35) in Cheshire, which we have completed that walk already and can be found using the search bar on the home page.
Today we completed Walk 6 "THE PANORAMA WALK" which starting at Trevor Basin with free parking and a slight gradient up to the A539 and then a turn left down the old disused Ruabon to Barmouth railway line, then following a well marked path over to the A539, take care crossing this busy road and following the roadside path to a lane and heading to Trevor Hall and into Trevor woods for the accent following the Offas Dyke path.
A totally straight forward yet enjoyable walk, your efforts are rewarded as you reach the Panorama as the impressive Limestone escarpment of Trevor rocks come into view and the Dee Valley below, Castell Dinas Bran visible on its distinctive hill and at one time commanding its power over the locality.
Taking the views and walking the Panorama its time to descend this little world above the Dee Valley and head down to the Llangollen Canal by following a quiet lane till you reach the Oasis of the Sun inn for refreshments.
After enjoying a rest and refreshments its time to cross the busy A539 with great care to the humped canal bridge opposite its time to enjoy leisurely walk along the Llangollen Canal as a few narrow-boats pass by, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will come into view as you head back the Trevor and complete this delightful walk.
Allow 3 hours plus time to stop and enjoy the view and refreshments, total distance is approx 10k (6 miles).
And finally three new walking books have joined my collection these are-
Walking in Britain which is one of the Lonely Planet books with 492 pages of in-depth walking information and
Wainwrights Walks- Coast to Coast and Unforgettable Walks both by Julia Bradbury, which i have to say i love here writing style which shows her genuine enthusiasm for walking.
I spent some time trying to get the gradient in perspective, this is a canal inclined plane, it does appear flat and i have used the flat wall to give gradient to the image. The rails were used to lift Canal boats up this steep hill in just 4 minutes which compared to a lock system it would be very efficient way of getting canal boat up this steep hill.
Today's walk, involved some last moment planning as all ways it is a matter of finding a piece of hilly ground in the morning that is in good weather, with the weather looking good today for the Shropshire hills which meant digging out one on my trusty walking books from my now extensive library of walking books and maps.
"Hill Walking in Shropshire" is one of the Cicerone range of books, these books are a good small size which fits easily in a pocket or rucksack, a good tip is, to use a resalable freezer bag to it keep dry with the inevitable rain.
excellent scaling is provided in these books, a problem I get with the Kittiwake walking books lack of scale due to hand drawn mapping, which I admit keeps the cost of the books down and the Cicerone use ordnance survey mapping which makes great sense, Cicerone i guess must have copyright with the ordnance survey, these books are twice the price yet I would prefer to go with the OS mapping, using my GPS receiver as back up.
From the book we went with walk 27 from the book - The Betchcotts and Duckly Nap with distance of 13.km, graded moderate, a estimated time if 5hr which I would say was spot on.
Starting from the Tiny village of Picklescott in Shropshire which is situated at the base of the northern end on the Long Mynd.
Mapping and written instuctions provided very accurate, the problem I had at one point was following a way marker too early and I noticed a lot of new gates and way markers that appear new which can throw you off a little which i blame on myself been to keen however it was no problem as we just picked up the route easily again.
From the small loop you can see on the photo of the walk, the loop takes you off the public path, which in respect of farmers ground it is worth avoiding this just buy simply doubling back once you get to the Robin Hoods butts on the summit, which the walk leads you too in the book, Robin Hoods butts are two bronze age burial Cairns / Burrows OS ref SO431966, which now you are on the 1550ft plateau of the Long mynd.
The return is a part there and back walk, with a abrupt sharp right off the Portway back to Picklscott which was clearly marked out on one of a finger post.
Overall rating the walk and book combined a great day out, the Cicerone book provided some excellent mapping and written details.
The images you can see are from this high level yet moderate and enjoyable walk.
Something different todays for walking, this my route taken as i have completed all three of the main peaks of the breidden hills while planning a three peak walking circuit.
The two other hill summits are Kempsters hill and bausley hills, these two hills make up the full range to make up the Breidden hills, so to make up the circuit route i have concentrated on the three main summits (for now)
This walk will be on a downloadable print off, which on route today i have taken lots of field notes and GPS measurements to build up a accurate route for all to enjoy.
So the start were i started was in middletown with a steep assent between Moel y Golfa and middletown hill with some good height gained,
First summit Middletown hill with a summit height of 365m with some outstanding views with the peak district visible today and the full view of the Shropshire Plain stands before you, on a clear day on a day were there is no heat haze Jodrell bank is visible to the naked eye if it if pointing towards you.
Now a steep short decent and i have crossed into England and now heading to Breidden hill which involves crossing back into home into Wales which marked by a gate and like the first crossing is just simply marked out on the Garmin GPS.
Now from Breidden hill which is were Rodney Pillar sits aloft its summit at 367m which is a near identical height as Middletown hill being just 4m shorter.
Now i am heading towards the tallest peak of moel y golfa, with some navigating through the woods and meeting up were i started the accent of Middletown hill which i now head up the final push through to the wood summit and the gypsies monument stopping to enjoy the view on the Breiddens tallest at 403m, a slight double back for a very steep descent through the wood back to middletown only to glance back on the hills and reflect on the achievement of this circular walk.
total distance 11.5km
From here its the steep way-marked decent back to middletown