Absolute brilliant views from the summit of Moel Emoel this afternoon with commanding views of the Aran, Berwyn mountains including the Snowdon massif, a highly recommend walk and adventure if you like to challenge a big hill and spectacular views .
Moel Emoel is 1800ft above Sea-level situated in the Aranig mountains right on the edge of the remote Migneint which is.....wait for it....200km of square Kilometers of blanket bog..second largest next to the Berwyn range.
we started this walk in Bala heading to the Cywain Center up lanes and across Fields,paths and open access land and way-markers to this fabulous hill to outstanding views.
information on Bala walks and Bala try www.visitBala.org
Time 4-5 hours
Map OS OL18
photos below are a photographic walk through or the walk to Moel Emoel
Up early on a Saturday to walk a short section of Glyndwrs way on a typical cold Autumn morning.
To do this section I walked cross county using lanes and waymarked rights of way for 6km and the plan was to avoid any roads a possible which I only used two lanes for a short distance and armed with the good old OS map to reference the waymarkers as some farmers have a tendency to remove the waymarkers which I find is no sense at all as you only go trudging over more ground and can be dangerous in poor visibility,
anyway back to my walk, so after 6k of cross county I found my Glyndwrs waymarker which was now pointing towards Meifod and back towards welshpool, my route now back was towards welshpool for the next 9k over fields, woods and up the big Hill which is Golfa hill, I have to admit Powys County Council have kept the route well maintained, including steps up a wood hill, new gates fitted and a new diverted section in place on on part, the last up hill section was across the golf course which is on common ground so watch out for flying golf balls if you walk this part.
Fine views from Golfa hill as always with the weather grey but dry, incidentally I walked this route also to try out some new waterproof socks which as I found out on the wet fields were........ useless, I am trying to use hiking shoes instead of walking boots due to persistent Plantar fascia.
overall a good 15k walk on Glyndwrs Way,i did not see anyone for the first three hours of the walk as in a romote place and up early walking which is a bonus to walk hours and no see anyone.
there are numerous books and information on Glyndwrs way on the internet
,The clocks are changing soon so were getting limited daylight walking hours , so we are looking a winter walks now, with the longer distance walks on Saturday for the winter months, the Dee valley provides us adequate winter walks on Sundays with less daylight hours.
The walk today was the highest point in the Dee valley as the Dee starts at Y Bala.
we have walked past but not to the summit of Moel-Y-Garnedd on the Bala walking challenge on two occasions, A modest hill with a summit height of 305 meters above sea-level, situated between Bala Lake and Aranig Fawr on barren Moorland.
Starting in Bala Town heading up a lane towards the golf course and following a well marked waymarked routes heading to a blustery summit with outstanding views of the Aranig,Berwyn and Aran mountains
Lots of Photography and exploring Hawkstone park and follies which is set in north Shropshire countryside.
This was walk of exploring follies with extraordinary monuments, hidden coves carved into sandstone rock, twisting paths to hidden caves and Grottoes, a climb up a extraordinary 100ft tower with outstanding views which we got a glimpse of the Beetham Tower as far away as Manchester, from the Tower it is rumored to be 15 county's can be seen to the naked eye.
I have uploaded my Photography to give a visual walk through of the extraordinary and mystical Fairyland hidden away in Shropshire
Another Cheshire walk somewhere new to explore, This time in north Cheshire at Alderley ridge, I found this to be a busy place to visit but after a short distance we managed to get away from people, i really enjoy peaceful walks and thrive on peace at the weekends. i did my research first before this walk and took a small map and walking guide.
The village Alderley Edge is 6 miles northwest of Macclesfield and 15 miles south of Manchester, its very easy to rub shoulders with Premier football players, actors and multi millionaires in the village which the area attracts.
The walk starts out side the village at the National Trust carp park,which is sign posted the edge.
From the car park the walks are sign posted and way-marked , my advice if you enjoy peaceful walks its best to go early or walk to Hare hill which we did which did get us a from the crowds after a shorts distance.
I have posted some photos from along the way from the Edge to Hare hill in a circular walk, there are some good views over the Cheshire plain and the Peak district with Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe visible
Spotted in the distance on the Marbury walk was this obelisk so the plan was to track and find more about this and see is its accessible and go off on a micro adventure, lucky enough following finger post we got to it and managed to get access to the viewing point up a spiral stair case with some amazing views.
The history of the obelisk is it was built as memorial on the instruction of the widow of Field Marshal Viscount Stapleton Cotton 1773-1865
Another walk form my new KITTIWATE book "LLANGOLLEN CANAL" this walk we done was walk 32 (big mere).
Starting as our instructions from the book from the attractive Cheshire village of Marbury which is 3 miles north of Whitchurch on the north wales/shropshire border.
A very undulating walk with great views over the Cheshire plains and over to the Derbyshire peak-district and the north wales Clwydian hills, following taking in the views its back onto the Llangollan Canal to complete this circular walk