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
A few images i took this evening along the Montgomery Canal around Buttington Wharf, quite relaxing spending time walking and taking a few photography compositions enjoying the fresh crisp evening air.
The dreaded Monday out of the way which called for a short walk with my camera after work up to Powis Castle this evening to try get some photography of the Deers around the castle, there tends not to be many people about in the evening up at the castle which allows the Deers come up to the castle in peac, if no one is around you can just sit down quietly and they will not take to much notice if you keep fairly still.
I have to admit this is quite rewarding photography and relaxing after work plus i get to have a walk at the same time, as for other wildlife a squirrel was hopping about and a few pheasants wondering around with the sound of a woodpecker in one of the oak trees, with a light hint of autumn not far away with conker trees showing some colour changes, you can see on the photo below this oak leaf has some of that golden brown starting to appear.
I promised I would find Glenys a flat cycle ride and you will not get better than this cycle ride for flatness, this route today we cycled was part of National Cycle Route 5 (NCR).
The River Dee round is really safe to cycle we did however modify the route just by extending into Conner Quay for a bit of a explore, the River Dee round route is downloadable from www.chestercyclecity.orgif you fancy a go at this.
Overall we found Chester very cycle friendly, for access to NCR5 we are following the towpath and then onto a disused railway line for NCR5. Turning disused railways and recycling them into cycle paths is brilliant and from safety perspective reduces the chance of accidents dramatically and especially for children, I have found cycling on the roads more of a ordeal these days, the amount of traffic on the roads much abundant unless i can cycle the quiet hilly lanes of mid-wales.
You can we from the Photos i took the River Dee Round it really is truly flat with the exception of a few slight gradients, i have not written to much of our ride as the download and map provides lots of details, i downloaded the details onto my phone but the route is perfectly sign posted.
The cycles we use are as follows-
myself- GT transeo 4.0
Glenys - Carrera Crossfire
both very capable hybrid bikes, Glens is fairly new and proved itself the day after purchase on the Mawddach trail, a rugged no nonsense ladys bike, if i ever needed a new hybrid i would buy one of these myself the mens version of course.
My GT like Glens rugged and perfect for cycling canal Tow paths of which i brought for the purpose of,
it has a upright position as i can no longer ride a bike leaning down due to arthritis of my wrist another reason why i love my hybrid is it is so versatile.