Looking East down the Ceiriog Valley - hints od blue skies to come.
It may not look lik put at this point the sun did require a hat and sunglasses if you had them with you.
The route to open moorland.
More of the route to open moorland.
O the Upper Ceiriog Way at last.
Looking East towards Tregeiriog.
The village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog and lunch.
The village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog from our lunch spot.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog church spire and the Upper Ceiriog Valley beyond.
Reminding us one historical planning application that failed and we still have the beautiful valley to explore.
Heading East along a delightful wooded path towards Tregeiriog.
A tup looking sorry for itself.
That's the way we're heading, but in an indirect way.
A reminder of historical events in the valley.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.7 miles. Climb:1281'.
Time: 5 hours 2 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel and David S.
Only David had walked in this area before, so the rest of us were surprised to find how varied and beautiful the Upper Ceiriog Valley is. It far surpasses any walk that we have done in the Ceiriog Valley before, and is one hopefully will repeat many times.
The start of the walk seemed like a relentless climb up a narrow road to the moors, thankfully the views on both sides gave us a good excuse to stop and take them in.
Once on the moor, the surrounds were much wilder and largely pathless until we reached the Upper Ceiriog Way.
It was on this section that we had five minutes of real rain, and all but one raced to put on waterproofs. I headed for the shelter of a nearby forest and didn't bother getting my waterproofs on.
At the highest point the Berwyn Mountains to the North west were clearly seen.
On the descent to Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, we distracted by the copious fully ripe Blackberries that were responsible for everyone having at least two purple fingers and a thumb.
Lunch was taken at Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, where we used the seat in a bus shelter on which to perch as we had lunch.
As we were running a little late, we decided to return on a lower path than we had originally planned. This proved to be a delightful path following the line of the River Ceiriog, but alittle higher up on the South side .
We arrived back at the Pontricket layby, having had a superb walk and looking forward to refreshments at the Pant yr Ochain where the Purple Moose, Snowdonia was as good as w have ever tasted.
Birds seen or heard today include: Common kestrel, Raven, Common buzzard, Red kite, Common snipe, Meadow pipit, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Common pheasant, Mallard and Barn swallow.