Views from Llechwedd Ddu.
At the summit of Llechwedd Ddu.
At the summit of Foel Rhudd.
At the summit of Moel y Cerrig Duon.
Llyn Efyrnwy from Moel y Cerrig Duon.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles (10.2 miles). Climb:2282' (2888').
Time:6 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Dave J.
Another glorious day for walking. Thankfully it wasn't too hot and at times we had a lovely cooling breeze. As expected this walk turned out to be quite demanding, first battling through the peat hags to Llechwedd Ddu and the up tussocky slopes to Foel Rhudd, followed by a steep grassy descent from Esgeirion Gwynion to Bwlch Sirddyn. I'd had enough of grassy slopes by this time and sent Roger and Dave up Foel Hafod-fynydd while I enjoyed an extra half an hour over lunch!
The views today were superb in every direction, but particularly towards the main Aran ridge. All across the moorland Skylarks entertained us with their singing and Meadow pipits with their rapid descents. However the birds of the day were three Red kites displaying as they moved from Foel Rhudd across the valley towards the main Aran ridge. The repeated cal of a Ring ouzel was good to hear, although we didn't actually spot it.
Birds sen or heard today included: Willow warbler, Meadow pipit, Wheatear, Common buzzard, Red kite, Ring ouzel, Chaffinch, Carrion crow, Pied wagtail and Raven.
Even the 1.5 mile road climb didn't seem as bad as past experiences, although I wasn't any quicker!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Crown Inn at Llandegla where we learned that Sarah has a new partner. The Lee bitter went down well, it was a pity that I was driving!