Easter weekend and finding a mountain in snowdonia with out crowds needs a bit of research, With Moel Hebog been on the back boiler for while this was todays choice of mountain and also added to my quest to climb all the welsh mountains which means another summit bagged.
A fair bit of scrambling involved to the 783m summit, indeed a peaceful walk with much only a few people about,
we passed pen-y-pass on route to Beddgelert there was a plentiful abundance of cars parked along the road and crowds heading to the summit of snowdon, but sorry snowdon in the summer its not for me as i just love the peace and tranquility of a mountain.
With just a few people on the summit claiming the summit trig point a good chance to take in the views form the summit looking over the sea and thankfully and brilliant weather and Snowdons summit appeared hidden by cloud all the time were on Moel Hebog.
We absolutely loved this very walk peaceful as planned and beautiful views and most certainly will get your pulse racing on the scrabbling up the side, the decent fairly challenging on the scree with treking poles a must, but great fun.
Beddgelert and a very picturesque village but go when its early morning before crowds get out, enjoy the peace and views of the mountains and of course its walks
A photography session of these amazingly tame squirrels in Grosvenor Park, i was just amazed at how tame these squirrels were which there were lots of these young squirrels running about the park, it was quite a relaxing session of photography and surrounded my these lovely animals.
Another section of the Sandstone trail completed today in glorious spring weather, this section was Primrosehill wood near Delamere Forest.
Plenty of Photography along the way and a slight detour to Urchin,s Kitchen which is a small 300m gorge formed from the last ice age under a vast ice sheet creating undercuts in the weak sandstone.
Our walk started at Kings gate carpark and was a circular walk (walk 4) from the book - Circular walks along the sandstone trail,
I was lucky this evening with the walking on the Parorama walking at sunset, with the excellent weather and light, camera at hand as always.
I am really pleased with these two composition and aimed to silhouette the castle ruins against the sunset and a little bit artistic with the wavy clouds.
An amazing walking experience and photography walk on Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons early morning which was worth the drive and the 5am start.
The weather was outstanding with fantastic cloud formations and vapour trails from pass jets overhead, I find these can give mountain photography an edge..
Despite the early start there were a few people about, I turned this around to my advantage to give scale as you will see in the photography, I even seen a plane fly over the 886 metre summit-
Another brilliant photography session and to compliment yesterdays photography session at Oswestry station with a industrial theme, we were kindly allowed access into the old Blacksmith workshop at Snailbeach mine visitor center.
Lots of industrial subjects to photograph, a lot of the equipment seen are from the original workshop.
I have included a few images of the mine buildings, a great place to explore with a camera
Just finished a interesting photography session at the old railway station at Oswestry in Shropshire, plenty of old engines and old disused railway equipment laying around to make photography subjects.
The main aim was, and i was successful was some grainy black & white photography with different textures such as rust and patina with a good industrial feel to the images.
I will have return again at some point for more photography here again and visit the little railway museum nearby, a great little venue for photography
A few photos form a short Saturday afternoon walk around the mere in Ellesmere, capturing a few spring time images
more of a photography walk this morning, the light not very good or as i describe it "flat light" for photography.having had a busy week so a bit of isolation and quit was on the books this morning, i have taken the DLSR out with its new carry bag to try and carry over distance (it passed the test by the way) and a small selection on lens.
AS you can see i have only posted a few images, i struggled with any wildlife photography as were i was, which was Black Pools which is former water reservoir for Welshpool and now used for fly fishing.
Plenty of wild life but unfortunately its situated right in Powis Castle estate shoot, and as you can imaging any wild life has been shot or just scared of any noise.
Back up the hills and a peaceful trek back
Well i just returned from a cold yet enjoyable 9 mile walk to the summt of long mountain which is situated above welshpool.
Following the road to Leighton and stopping to admire the impressive Leighton church and then the steep walk up the 20% gradent of the lane then meeting up with the offas dyke path to the snowline,
The openness near the summit the cold winds whip up off the snow biting the cold into my face and hands, l have walked into micro climate of cold winds and a mini blizzard.
Onto the hill fort summit of Caer Digoll translated to english-beacon ring.
Its trig point hidden in the trees i claimed the summit and my decent back to welshpool
Proberly the best weather we have had walking in 2017 so far, following a circular walk on the sandstone trail from a book of circular walks along the sandstone trail ISBN 9781-1-902512-10-5 which we walked walk 9 which is 8.5km walk o which is of outstanding views over the cheshire plan our walk included a short trip to cave.
our plan is to complete the trail over time by walking sections., Cheshire county council supply a freebie sandstone trail walkers guide which a obtained today which breaks the walk down into sections.
Overall a todays walking was great fun exploring the Sandstone trail the views over cheshire are outstanding part of the took us to the highest part of the walk which is Rawhead.
one two parts of walk involves crossing the A534 so take care crossing the road.
Today i started a blog on the disused kerry branch line, so this the not the final completed blog.
so my idear was to photo document a journey from kerry station to abermule following the disused railway.,
i wanted to do this before what is left of the railway is lost forever under overgrown vegitation, farm land and a building devlopment in abermule.
the blog i am working on will have as much information, history and material as i can a get.
I lived next to the railway in the abermule dingle between 1981 and 1988 so i have a genuine intrest in the line.
This a Project I put together to photo document the Kerry Branch Line from the former Kerry station to what is left of the station at Abermule to what is now remains of the disused the Kerry branch railway line which will one day the remains of the course of the line will be lost under overgrown vegetation, erosion from the river and a possible housing development.
I originally started the project February 2017 and then following much interest and comments added I decided to re visit our walk with my son Tom year later on 3/2/18 with some added knowledge and greater interest in this fascinating and interesting branch line hidden in a quiet part of wales, and what we must not forget that this railway played a huge part on world war one, the role was to transport wood from the kerry sawmills that was harvested on the kerry ridge way, that wood was used to in the trenches of northern France, yet it was used also to transport sheep to markets as well as people and goods.
Another important role the railway played was used for the transport of wheat and flour to the three mills that was in the Abermule gorge, you will see the mills on the photographic journey we made- the mills in order from the kerry end are Fron fraith mill,walk mill and finally Rock mill and not forgetting the railway served the goitre brickwork's so we can see for over 4 miles of branch line played a crucial service.
I moved from Newtown,Powys to Abermule Dingle in 1981 and lived next to the disused branch line till 1988, of which it was some were I walked along, played on,fished in the river mule and walked my dog,, at the time as a young person I never appreciated its history .
Saturday the 4th February 2017 I set out with my Son Tom to walk the 4 mile length of the track and photograph our account of what is left of the line.
Firstly I have to point out this is not a designated walk way or path and at one point we found a sign which you will see along the way from the ministry of transport that the line is not a public right of way, I would discourage walking it due to this reason and a few dangers along the way which you will see,
Tracing the route was a matter of trying to follow the best we can and were we can and asking landowners and follow at one point along the road alongside the track..
Source information we used were peoples accounts,, internet, we used OS Explorer Map 214 and our best source of information a book "The Mawddwy, Van & Kerry Branch Line" which is a brilliant book and very in-depth, and of course my trusty GPS. some good local Knowledge and most importantly a sense of adventure.
Please feel free to add any comments of accounts of the Kerry Branch line, I can add these to Project. just by re-editing it..
A SHORT INTRODUCTION OF THE KERRY BRANCH LINE
The Kerry branch line runs approx. 4 miles from Kerry station which is situated at Glanmule which is from 1 mille form the village of Kerry, With a elevation of the 192 metres above sea-level with down to 98 metres above level at Abermule station, the line is of standard gauge. It was opened in 1863 and closed in 1931 to passengers and finally to freight 1956.
The line had a impressive incline passing the Goetre brick works and halt. I have not gone much indepth of the history as there are readings and information on the internet
maps of the the line are archived at Powys council
The Mawddwy, Van & Kerry Branches ISBN-0-85361-626-4
much information was kindly given to us by Mr Andrew Hope of Hodley, Kerry
Starting the walk down the line...
Approaching Walk Mill, another place made impassable, it appears the fence is to stop anyone crossing the bridge the river mule runs under the line. quite an eyesore is such a nice place. I very much doubt anything will be done and this fencing will be left here for years, it just looks so out of place
the Kerry branch line platform would of been on the left of the photo opposite the station, there would of been a double track here. just left of the photo I can remember the signal box and the crossing gates were shut by the signalman, we visited the signal box with our headmaster Mr Penry Thomas on school visit (1981) while in Abermule Primary school, I remember the levers for the signals and a open fire. Now the crossing gates are all automated as well as the signals and the signal box sadly gone
This is problerly my favoute early morning walk on saturday mornings.
A great start of the morning for walking, i am leaving welshpool and the noise of town behind me, low cloud sits in valley, its dry and excillent walking weather.
I am following the Glyndwr way to Golfa hill summit then back down of the hill following a peacefull lane to frochas common then onto harriets hill, back onto the lane to welshpool with a total distance of 14km.
roll on lighter mornings early start this morning starting at the tiny hamlet of pilleth in Radnorshire, which was once one of the greatest battles between the Olwen Glydwrs welsh army and the English Lord Mortimer, oddly enought i parked on the mid line that ran through the battle sight where the two faced armys each other.
Radnor forest sits like a giant jelly mold of a mountain. with the forest reaching nearly the summit with its TV transmitter on the summit which Black Mixen is the only mountain with TV tower on the summit, if you climbed to the top you would be twice a high as the shard in London. most of the hike was reached forest tracks and some ooen access land.
Really poor visabilty on the summit so i aborted the next peak of Great Rhos at 1.5 km of the summit the ground and visabilty was just to much.I have posted photos along the was and a look around the church on the grounds of the battle of pillith after the walk . I went from extreame weather at over 2000ft above sea level to a brilliant weather back on the lower reaches of Pilleth.
total distance was 27k in 6 hours 18 mins
Loggerheads country park in the Clwydian range of hills and designated Area of outstanding beauty which is quite rightfully so, which was today's walking venue with some exploring of the old Lead mine workings.
The park trails are well marked out and maps are available form the shop at the park as well as available parking and tea room on site.
The trail we took starts by turning right on the bridge in the country park and then a short walk following the river to a steep set of steps built into the hill side which is exactly 100 steps to the top were the views are worth the climb.
With a slight detour from the trail and following an old tram-line to the Devils Gorge to a spectacular bridge over some mine workings which i managed to get into the mine as much as possible which inside had been blocked off, an old trick when a mine was abandoned was to blow the entrance with dynamite.
Being January there was very little to see in way of wildlife, but no doubt there is an abundance of wildlife come the spring and summer, information boards gave some good information on local wildlife.
Finished the walk with a well deserved cup of tea and cake.
post code for Loggerheads country park is CH7 5LH
more information can be found on the website www.visitclwydianrange.co
King Charles Tower on the north east end of the wall. Legend goes that king Charles 1st stood on the tower and watched is army being defeated at Rowton Moor which is incorrect as to cannot see Rowton Moor from the tower, history points out it was possibly when he watched his army fleeing back into safety within the city walls
A fantatic dry and warm Sunday afternoon walking along the Llangollen canal, excillent light for Photograthy and also to spot any early signs of spring,
Starting the walk form the Poachers Pocket at Gledrid nr Weston Rhyn and following a peacefull Llangollen Canal to the world famous Aqueduct at Pontcysyllte for there and back walk of 16km.
Spotted some daffodils and a inland Cormorant perched up on a high tree, crossed two Aqueducts and through Two canal tunnels.
A very levels and well paved towpath which is very accessable which also is brilliant for cyclists.
Overall it was great to be out in some good warm sunlight after the long dark nights,
Sping and longer daylight is just around the Corner now and please enjoy my Photograthic walk through from Gledrid to Pontcysyllte.
My second walk of the year as my last blog 1/1/17 the weather was not brillaint but still good to get out for a walk.
I woke today with some amazing clear skies so its for a short wintery walk to Sir Watkins Tower ruins,location grid ref-SJ213496 which is sits on the 562 Metre summit of Cyrn-y-Brain.
Staring the walk from the horseshoe pass following a track which is situated behind the Ponderosa Cafe, the walk is best starting at a lower elivation in Llangollen as were on a bit of a cheat starting at the elivated hight of the Horseshoe pass.
A really easy walk following the track heading towards the communication tower on the hill, from here on from the tower a second tower comes into sight and the views just get better and better on the way up with the sea visable and the clwydian hill stretched out before you, i will proberly return for longer walk staring at a much lower elivation, still were ever you start it will be worth the walk.
My first walk of the year completed, What started of a fairly wet morning which i dread wet horrible on my days off then thankfully started to clear up dinner time and my luck to to get a afternoon of walking starting at the mere in Ellesemere shropshire.
Heading round the Mere I headed out to Ellesmere point (Location-N 52 degrees 54.765 W 002 degrees 51.681) a very small hill with a elevation of only 123 metre above sealevel yet with its prominace on the Shropshire plain the view are fairly impressive with the Pickforton hills in cheshire,Ellesmere port and the Peak district visiable on a clear day.
From here heading via well marked waymarked route across fields to Welshampton and from there following Lyneal Lane to the hamlet of Lyneal. Heading from Lyneal to Colemere and the following the Llangollen Canal tow path back to Ellesmere.
distance was 14km and only took 2.5 hours which makes a good afternoon walk or a summers evening walk.
when i got back and checked my photos i discovered one of the photos was very odd which you will see in one of the photos, At first i was going to delete the photo yet where it was taken in reputed to be haunted by a young girl in the Ellesmere tunnel, I have posted it as a matter of interest....... maybe have i have captured a image of a ghost of the Ellemere tunnel??
please feel free to comment
Today i took a short walk today with my camera to a exceptionally peaceful Lake vyrnwy and ona exceptionally warm day.
Following one of the RSPB trails on the upper reaches provided no bird photograthy but great views with peace and tranquilty, the best bird photography seems to be right by the RSPB shop due to the bird feeders.
Due to Vyrnwy being such wet place and its own micro climate there is still some green around due to the evergreen tree and abundance of moss.
A very warm December afternoon walking and exploring woods around Nesscliffe Hill and a hunt for Kynaston cave the former home and hideout of highwayman Humphrey Kynaston (aka wild Humphrey Kynaston,Died 1534).
I thought i would take the DLSR taken only my trust 35mm lens which i prefer 35mil photograthy, All the images posted todays are with the 35 and all free hand and kept things simple, great practice and trying diffrent things and compostions at the sametime enjoying the walk and great outdoors.
A perfect dry crisp December day for walking today, i still have not got round to blogging my 10k x-country race yet from Betws-y-coed so i will get round to that at some point.
I was glad to get out today as i have been unwell for week so a gently walk today of 10k was ideal, plus i needed to break in a new pair of walking boots which turned out perfetly comftable.
Starting at Llangollan station and heading upto the canal Warf and following the path to Castell Dinas Bran and then following rights of way paths and lanes, onto a delightfull path descending across a steep hillside with fantactic views down onto Velvet hill and Valle Cruis Abbey were we are heading to.
From reaching the ancient abbey and heading onto the old tramway running alongside the A542 a short walk onto reaching a path which take you on wonderfull walk along the lower reaches of Velvet hill and following paths of golden colour from the winter leaves.
On reaching the B5103 a short decent to Llantisilio Green and the Horseshoe falls, then a peacefull walk along the Llangollen Canal back towards Llangollen with the sight of the steam train passing heading to Llangollen station.
finishing at the Corn Mill in the warm with drink.
I have posted a few photos from along the way.
A moving and fascinating visit to Caernarfon Castle today while away in Snowdonia this Weekend to see the Weeping window poppies cascading from the one of castle towers.
This was first Welsh Location of Poppies-Weeping Window by artist-Paul Cummings and designer Tom Piper and part of the Blood Swept Land and Sea of Red originally seen at the Tower of London.
For the photography i have used my XP-90 with red filter to emphasize the Red and my trust Nikon DLSR with my 35mm Lens which is my primary lens, I have used a few vantage locations for different angles.
Truly moving scene and I would highly recommend at visit.
for information www.1418NOW.org.uk/poppies
This a walk we did after visiting the weeping window which the photos are on previous blog, so this was a planned walk and there was snow on the Snowdonia mountains so best to keep of them unless any walking was well planned,
Yr Eifi sits on the the Llyn Perinsula with a summit of 564 meters above sea level it rises straight up from the sea, if given more time we would of walked this from sea level but started at a elevated level,
A extremely and blustery day for walk, overall it was great fun as the views were getting better and better and surrounded by storms which made great weather watching, we lost all visibility on the summit for a while so it was heads down in the summits wind shelter.
I good weather I would have no doubt the views are outstanding.........we plan to return to visit again for the photography of the old mine workings on the coastline