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.
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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.