Slightly different sort of blog and more of a update today as I can say is have been following and documented a walking a route to Castell Dinas Bran as I am back to writing my walks for magazine, last time I wrote was for Yatter Yatter which I had a regular page, then sadly the magazine ceased publication following the tragic death of the magazines owner, now I am back to writing for its replacement called shire, looks as I am writing on the same sort if format writing around 400 word which can be a changing but interesting.
For the details on this walk you will need to get a free copy of SHIRE magazine, I will be covering for the magazine as I have been as to by the publisher. the walks I will cover as i plan to be inspiring as possible.....
while I am on the subject of magazines and photography, I entered a photo in Trail magazine which I am pleased to say has been shortlisted for judging and my entry is going to be featured in Decembers edition of Trail.
Enjoy the photography from our walk
On walking on high ground today as storm Brian is immanent so not a bad idea and more appropriate to stay on low ground, which today walk from a leaflet I picked up in Llangollen back in the summer, so this walk is downloadable from-
you can see from the photos I took we were lucky with the weather, which we made the right decision to go on this walk which was quite and adventure and a visit to Dendigh castle, one thing i have got to say is look at the photo below of this excellent entrance to this woodland the detail is so intricate and at the same time welcoming and with excellent way makers and well maintained by Denbigh council which i was most impressed by (please take notice Powys county council).
Ii would highly take a look having a go at the Denbigh town walk and of course the walk is downloadable
A update on my cycle commute along a 23km section of the Montgomery Canal and it looks as I am really losing the daylight as the evenings draw in, one the clocks go back i am really going to miss the wildlife but on the other hand I can look forward to the spring and follow the progress of the swans.
A big noticeable difference to the temperature too cycling back, so gloves at the ready.
I have fitted some mudguards to stop the spray when wet yet I could of done with theses few time in the summer when caught in the downpour.
I have also been using a osprey cycling commuter rucksack which is a blessing as it is designed for the purpose of cycling only.
I was lucky this evening witness this amazing sunset however 2km from home I expect next week at this location it will be dark.
But i just loved this amazing sky and of course greeted by the swans I have taken a special interest the progress of cygnets and parents.
Location of images- Belan locks,Welshpool
Well what an adventure today, we had taken the train to Barmouth for some exploring high above Barmouth to walk just inside the Snowdonia National Park.
I have never traveled on the train along the Cambrian Coast before except heading south to Aberystwyth, so today heading north along this outstanding section of railway way which is an adventure itself.
The Cambrian railway starts at Shrewsbury then at Dovey Junction the railway separates on the junction south for Aberystwyth were the line terminates and north the line follows welsh coastline to Pwllhehi where the line terminates here too, our stop today is Barmouth with at last I get to cross the famous Barmouth railway bridge and most appropriate as there is celebrations in the evening in Barmouth to celebrate 150 years of this amazing wooden bridge.
The railway line literally hugs the coastline following the contours of the landscape with the sea appears just feet away on the Dovey estuary and heads into a few tunnels, one really good part was on a elevated section as the railway precariously hangs on the side of the cliff then a decline from the elivated section of track to fairborne station and then a euphoric section over the Barmouth bridge, with no worries of driving or parking as the logistics are taken care of using the train today.
Leaving the station behind on our walk we originally were heading to a big hill called Diffwys however the cloud level was at 150m which checking my GPSs elevation would of put us in some thick cloud if were headed higher and the idear was to get some great views of Cadair Idris and the surrounding mountains, so plan B was to use the route and head to the Carrig Arthur stone circle just under the cloud level then head back to Barmouth via quiet and peaceful lanes and a finally heading through Coed Orielton (woods) and finally back to enjoy Barmouth itself.
The famous 150 year old grade two listed Barmouth bridge carrying the railway over the Mawddach. opened October 10th 1867 and made mostly of wood to save transport costs and bring in wood from the sea would of been cheeper, originally a Drawbridge section to let tall ships pass the replaced with a swing out iron section which has now been fixed as there are no longer the need of tall ships to pass up the Mawddach. overall an outstanding structure and Landmark on the North wales coast
Today a marinading walk in the Clwydian Hills starting at the Loggerhead Country Park in Denbighshire (post code CH7 5LH).
The park provides a excellent hub for many walks, with it dramatic Limestone outcrop providing a backdrop and nestled in beautiful wooded valley and the River Alyn following by.
Today we followed one of my KITTIWAKE books which is MORE WALKS IN THE CLWYDIAN RANGE and OS map 265, following our walk titled South of Loggerheads.
Well maintained waymarkers lead the way through fields to hidden and abandoned mine workings to explore, following the river Alyn through a stunning wooded gorge and elevating our way up a hill with the expanse of the Clwydian hills and Moel Famau with its ruined tower crowning its summit into view.
The route leads us to a Big Covert which is a wooded hill with a bridleway leading sue through the this mixed woodland, providing some time in the wood to photograph mushrooms which is good fun seeking them out.
We pass a hidden cave in the wood as we head towards Maeshafn and for a short distance along a peaceful lane and finally a long section of a bridleway and finally to finish at the Tearoom at Loggerhead Country Park for a big pot of Tea and Tea cakes.
A enjoyable photography session this afternoon in The Elan valley at Dol-y-Mynach, a fairly damp day which given us some fun exploring the far end of the Reservoir which itself is a peaceful place with an abundance of the amazing Red Kites soaring over head