On a "good" path at last! Well at least it's a path!
The cause of our trek through brambles and the many scratches on my legs!
Maesgwm waterfall from Ty'n y Cwm. The cooking facilities around the fire in Ty Mawr.Luxury furniture in Ty Mawr! The spinning wheel and half-moon settle with its high back to keep off the cold draught of the open windows.
The Snowdon Horseshoe above Dolwddelan from the "high" level forest track
above the Lledre valley.
above the Lledre valley.
Walk stats:Distance:13.0 miles; Climb:1883'.
Time: 6 Hours 28 minutes; On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Roger, Sylvia and Dave J.
Weather forecast was good, with little or no rain predicted, and we experienced pretty well what just what they had forecast, except their "feel like temperatures" were thankfully on the low side!
Our first walk in the Aroun Cwm Penamnen was a lovely morning preamble compared with our expected stroll to Ty Mawr.
Lunch was taken early at the picnic site by Dolwyddelan Station car park. It's always a bonus when you can sit on a seat in the sunshine having your lunch.
We set off on our afternoon stroll, first to encounter a few strong willed horses, one of which seemed determined not to let Richard get past! roger distracted the horse while Richard went to the side of the gate obstructed by the horse. Thankfully on the way back the horses were too busy feeding on there hay some distance off the track!
The route across the hill to Ty Mawr was a challenge that at least one of us would have preferred not to have experienced! There seemed to be no path, markers described were not easy to find until we reached the remains of an old building. Even when we had reached the good path it was extremely boggy in places and having reached Ty Mawr we decided (me really) to return to Dolwyddelan using forest tracks that we had used from Pont y Pant on an earlier visit to Ty Mawr.
The highlight of the day was visiting Ty Mawr, and being met by a National Trust member so enthusiastic about Ty Mawr that we will mention this visit to our friends whenever Ty Mawr comes up in the conservation.
How wonderful it was to realise that the influence of Morgan's Welsh Bible was such that even if they don't like it in South Wales, Welsh spoken today is really "Penmachno Welsh"!
An additional bonus for Roger was that he was able to use effectively what he had learned at his Welsh lessons this year. I hope Margaret's proud of him!
We finished the walk, legs tired, but still grateful that the extra miles put in to avoid retracing our steps, was the right decision!
Birds seen or heard today included; Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Muscovy duck, Mallard, Greenfinch, Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail, Blue tit, Long-tailed tit, Chaffinch, Marsh tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Siskin, Nuthatch, Meadow pipit, Raven, Buzzard, Collard dove, Woodpigeon, Wren, Pheasant and Sparrowhawk.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. The Lees Bitter as always was in excellent nick!