roll on lighter mornings early start this morning starting at the tiny hamlet of pilleth in Radnorshire, which was once one of the greatest battles between the Olwen Glydwrs welsh army and the English Lord Mortimer, oddly enought i parked on the mid line that ran through the battle sight where the two faced armys each other.
Radnor forest sits like a giant jelly mold of a mountain. with the forest reaching nearly the summit with its TV transmitter on the summit which Black Mixen is the only mountain with TV tower on the summit, if you climbed to the top you would be twice a high as the shard in London. most of the hike was reached forest tracks and some ooen access land.
Really poor visabilty on the summit so i aborted the next peak of Great Rhos at 1.5 km of the summit the ground and visabilty was just to much.I have posted photos along the was and a look around the church on the grounds of the battle of pillith after the walk . I went from extreame weather at over 2000ft above sea level to a brilliant weather back on the lower reaches of Pilleth.
total distance was 27k in 6 hours 18 mins
Loggerheads country park in the Clwydian range of hills and designated Area of outstanding beauty which is quite rightfully so, which was today's walking venue with some exploring of the old Lead mine workings.
The park trails are well marked out and maps are available form the shop at the park as well as available parking and tea room on site.
The trail we took starts by turning right on the bridge in the country park and then a short walk following the river to a steep set of steps built into the hill side which is exactly 100 steps to the top were the views are worth the climb.
With a slight detour from the trail and following an old tram-line to the Devils Gorge to a spectacular bridge over some mine workings which i managed to get into the mine as much as possible which inside had been blocked off, an old trick when a mine was abandoned was to blow the entrance with dynamite.
Being January there was very little to see in way of wildlife, but no doubt there is an abundance of wildlife come the spring and summer, information boards gave some good information on local wildlife.
Finished the walk with a well deserved cup of tea and cake.
post code for Loggerheads country park is CH7 5LH
more information can be found on the website www.visitclwydianrange.co
King Charles Tower on the north east end of the wall. Legend goes that king Charles 1st stood on the tower and watched is army being defeated at Rowton Moor which is incorrect as to cannot see Rowton Moor from the tower, history points out it was possibly when he watched his army fleeing back into safety within the city walls
A fantatic dry and warm Sunday afternoon walking along the Llangollen canal, excillent light for Photograthy and also to spot any early signs of spring,
Starting the walk form the Poachers Pocket at Gledrid nr Weston Rhyn and following a peacefull Llangollen Canal to the world famous Aqueduct at Pontcysyllte for there and back walk of 16km.
Spotted some daffodils and a inland Cormorant perched up on a high tree, crossed two Aqueducts and through Two canal tunnels.
A very levels and well paved towpath which is very accessable which also is brilliant for cyclists.
Overall it was great to be out in some good warm sunlight after the long dark nights,
Sping and longer daylight is just around the Corner now and please enjoy my Photograthic walk through from Gledrid to Pontcysyllte.
My second walk of the year as my last blog 1/1/17 the weather was not brillaint but still good to get out for a walk.
I woke today with some amazing clear skies so its for a short wintery walk to Sir Watkins Tower ruins,location grid ref-SJ213496 which is sits on the 562 Metre summit of Cyrn-y-Brain.
Staring the walk from the horseshoe pass following a track which is situated behind the Ponderosa Cafe, the walk is best starting at a lower elivation in Llangollen as were on a bit of a cheat starting at the elivated hight of the Horseshoe pass.
A really easy walk following the track heading towards the communication tower on the hill, from here on from the tower a second tower comes into sight and the views just get better and better on the way up with the sea visable and the clwydian hill stretched out before you, i will proberly return for longer walk staring at a much lower elivation, still were ever you start it will be worth the walk.
My first walk of the year completed, What started of a fairly wet morning which i dread wet horrible on my days off then thankfully started to clear up dinner time and my luck to to get a afternoon of walking starting at the mere in Ellesemere shropshire.
Heading round the Mere I headed out to Ellesmere point (Location-N 52 degrees 54.765 W 002 degrees 51.681) a very small hill with a elevation of only 123 metre above sealevel yet with its prominace on the Shropshire plain the view are fairly impressive with the Pickforton hills in cheshire,Ellesmere port and the Peak district visiable on a clear day.
From here heading via well marked waymarked route across fields to Welshampton and from there following Lyneal Lane to the hamlet of Lyneal. Heading from Lyneal to Colemere and the following the Llangollen Canal tow path back to Ellesmere.
distance was 14km and only took 2.5 hours which makes a good afternoon walk or a summers evening walk.
when i got back and checked my photos i discovered one of the photos was very odd which you will see in one of the photos, At first i was going to delete the photo yet where it was taken in reputed to be haunted by a young girl in the Ellesmere tunnel, I have posted it as a matter of interest....... maybe have i have captured a image of a ghost of the Ellemere tunnel??
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