More of a book review with a combined walk and Photography this weekend, just like last week i dug out one of my walking books which this one is one of the KITTIWAKE "walks around the berwyn mountains and the Ceiriog Valley".
Now this has been with me for a number of years and i have walked nearly walked every walk in it, from the photos you can see its quite worn ans tatty around the edges, its been wet a few times only to be dried out and reused the stuffed back in my rucksack, i tend to use it in combination with o/s map 255 Llangollen and Berwyn.
Following walk 12 from the book, starting at the former mining village of Glen Ceiriog, walk 12 is a hilly 6 miler following part of the Ceiriog way then onto the part of the disused Glen Ceiriog tramway which is owned by the national trust.
Then onto a hilly open access land up onto and through Springhill wood the book quotes it is springfield wood which i have found a few inaccuracy's in KITTYWAKE books which hence i always use the o/s maps as a combination, another problem i have found with the books are the maps are a mix scale and lack of distance given between instructions.
So back to springfield wood, at this point we reached the furthest point just as the weather changed for the worse with some typical in the Berwyns which the area is in a rain shadow which when it rains in the Berwyns it really does rain.
A good opportunity to dig out my new and unused waterproof jacket which was purchased back in May in Grasmere in the Lakes.
Now at the highest point on the walk at 438 metres on spring hill in torrential rain were heading back all down hill via the lanes, imagining what warn dry feet feel like all the way, the weather improving but soaking wet, thankfully some spare clothes back at the car in Glen Ceiriog then off to the Ceiriog Hotel, Glenys has gone for a glass of white wine and me... a strawberry and rubarb cider and a piece of bara brith....total bliss
A really good session of photography today at Lake Vyrnwy, we finished a cycle ride of the lake which in itself is a pleasure on a sunday afternoon, then off for some photography.
With the DLSR with me for some post cycle wildlife photography session as the area is a abundant of bird wildlife, some of the photography you can see were on the bird feeders outside the RSPB shop (post code,SY10 OLZ) which with plenty of birds around provided some great Photography.
The second session of photography was at the nearby bird hide, which we were lucky enough to see three young Great spotted woodpeckers and a sleepy squirrel sleeping on a nearby log, fairly challenging providing quality clear images due to photographing through a perspex screen in the hide, a steady hand and some finicky manual focusing needed.
firstly I have to say this was my 60th welsh mountain summit, not including multiple climbs and summit bagging in the lakes, yet this is part of my own personal challenge to bag all the welsh mountain peaks and the adventure continues.
So with Aranig Fach on today's agenda on a very hot sunday deep in the Aranig mountains north of Bala, Starting the walk just of the very scenic mountain road A421 with Llyn Celyn dominating the area. Most pass by unaware of the flooding of a small welsh community to feed the city of Liverpool of water as well as Lake Vyrnwy combined they both feed the ever expanding city of more and more water, the flooding of Capel Celyn is a very sad story.
Aranig Fach with its summit at 689M located at os Grid SH827370 and its parent peak of Aranig Fawr nearby, the mountain itself rises from a area known as the Migneint, a large vast remote 200 square Km of moorland including plenty of blanket bog, to give a idea of its scale it has the second largest area of blanket bog in wales with the Berwyns being the largest they are both special areas of conservation in Wales.
With no paths to the summit navigation is using the old O/S map and the Garmin GPS to the summit, walking in poor weather and visibility is something i would advised against on-top of this we found the ground we found was Tick infected in the heather and Knee deep in the stuff, I have a put you off yet? we took the western side of the mountain with its glacial lake tucked at the bottom of the mountain.
Extensive views from the summit Trig and looking north west the vastness of the Migneint is stretched out before us, a passing Hawk flew over the summit and dived onto its pray somewhere down the mountain.
The Snowdon mastiff hidden under a blanket of cloud with Pen-y-Pass Visible, the only next significant summit north being the 872m summit of Moel Siabob and the Conwy Valley gave us a Glimpse of the sea at the end of the valley.
This is a very changeling walk not on the distance but on the lack of paths and deep heather but worth the challenge and the views.
The vast man made Reservoir of Llyn Celyn. the valley and it's community flooded to feed the city of Liverpool by adding more water to the river Dee. A memorial Capel was built out of the original stone chapel, this is situated on the edge of the lake, with graves moved to the new chapel before flooding commenced. Lost forever under the water includes the village, school, post office twelve houses and farms, the chapel now lay submerged at the bottom of the lake..the landscape and lives changed forever
I have just got to blog this chance visit to this amazing 1940 themed tea-room,we came across this amazing place following being sent round a detour at Craven Arms as we were heading to Ludlow to visit the castle.
Heading on the B4367 heading south at Abcott, Shropshire. we were amazed to find this place, we just had to have a look and it would be rude to to stop for a cup of tea and cake.
I have taken lots of photos as you can see, the people running the tea-room were so friendly and let us take some photos, they also took the time to talk about the two vintage imported american fords that sat outside and even started the ford pickup totally amazing cars not restored but just in excellent original condition.
I have provided location at the bottom of the page.
As for the tea room it was full of anything 1940s and out of this world and of course lots of different teas.
At last i got round to planning a cycle which involved using the train and avoid using the car, i use the train on the Cambrian twice a week between Welshpool and Newtown then cycle after work back along the Montgomery canal tow path, which i have to say is really convenient, its cheep and keeps me fit and health plus i get to see the wild life for 15 miles.
With the train and cycle commute it inspired me to plan a bike ride - so jumping on the train with my partner Glenys, using my cambrian rail card and saving 20% with the ourselves and cycles pre- booked we traveled on the train taking the bikes and enjoying a blissful train journey to Machynlleth and from there we heading to Aberystwyth A487 with thankfully a few places were cycle path existed otherwise some careful road cycling.
A pleasant stop of to admire the huge and well preserved waterwheel at Furnace, which the waterwheel is.....a mid 18th century waterwheel to make pig iron.
Very few hills along the A487 the as far as Trer ddol its a right turn onto the B4353 which were heading towards Ynyslas and then the totally fast and flat ride into the small seaside town of Borth and of course to enjoy a morning coffee.
Now the things have changed in the way of flat roads, leaving borth its heading up the B4572 on a 25% gradient, which i have to say was a challenge but also worth it for the great views over Cardigan bay and looking north it was easy to pick out the mountains of Snowdonia