One I prepared earlier, but not spotted today!
Setting off across the Llyn Aled dam .
Our first views of Snowdonia.
"They went that way! or ""It's Llyn Alwen".
Y llywedd and Snowdon, just appearing behind Moel Siabod.
"Singing in the rain" or "the latest in walking gear".
Anyone with a better suggestion can let me know, and if they buy me a pint in the Brit, I'll put it on the bog!
The third lake ahead, Llyn Aled Reservoir.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb: 1107'.
Time: 5 hours 46 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Tim, Paul and Dave J.
Unusually for us this was an all male group, so some of the group were eagerly anticipating a walk free from discussions on recipes or babies and looking forward to deeper discussions on such as world economics!
We set off in bright sunshine, and as ever headed across the moors, no path on the ground, but at least we were confident that we knew where we were going!
Some of the views today were superb, especially towards Snowdonia. Moel Hebog, the Nantle Ridge, Y Llywedd, Yr Wyddfa, Moel Siabod and Tryfan showing particularly well.
We had lunch in the sunshine just after meeting what we thought was a lone walker, but he turned out to be employed by the local authority and was checking out footpaths!
There were a few boggy sections but overall the moors were much drier than we have experienced on earlier occasions and no-one ended up with wet feet.
After lunch we did get a few showers, but they didn't last long and the last couple were just a nuisance, do you put your waterproofs on or not. In most cases we would have been better to have left them in our rucksacks!
Birds seen or heard today included: Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail, House sparrow, Mistle thrush, Barn swallow, Kestrel, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Snipe and Red kite.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn where Dave J enjoyed a J20 and Martyn enjoyed a pint of Coke as did Gordon. Roger enjoyed his usual cider and Time and Paul sampled a drop of the black stuff!
Overall this was a superb walk, even if we did get home a little later than usual for a Thursday.
Hopefully the Lees bitter (acceptable to the landlady) will arrive by the time we visit next week!