About to set off, but is everyone ready?
The first notice board as we entered Nant y Ffrith.
Along the path through Nant y Ffrith to Ffrith.
Do they know more than we do about the amount of rain that we are getting?
One of four boats, some quite large, and totally unexpected in this "upland" area East of Bwlchgwyn!
Any suggestions for this.
Located high on pole carrying power lines.
Walk stats: Distance: 5.7 miles. Climb: 1650' (May have been slightly winded assisted, especially towards the end of the walk).
On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Tim, Sue and Michel.
Having listened to the weather forecast, even starting the walk was in doubt, but with Tim insisting that he didn't mind walking in the rain, we arrived at Bwlchgwyn determined to at least complete the first part of the circuit.
Thankfully at this point it was hardly raining and there was little wind, so we set off with much enthusiasm and hopeful that we might reach Llanfynydd.
On the first part of the walk, and especially on the descent through Nant y Ffrith, we were well protected from both wind and rain, making it a very pleasant start to the walk.
The bridleway from Nant y Ffrith was aptly described as delightful and also sheltered us from the gradually increasing blast of the wind.
As we approached Waen (Wern) Farm, almost the highest point of the walk, the rain and the full force of the wind caught up with us, and the paths across the fields were somewhat boggy, but at least we arrived back at the car with beautifully clean boots, soles and all!
A delightful walk, but weather conditions now, persuaded us that the best option was lunch in the car and then an early visit to the Pant yr Ochain!
Birds seen or heard today included: Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Common buzzard and Sue's partridge.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant yr Ochain, where as ever the Purple Moose, Snowdonia ale went down well, Tim enjoyed his Strathmore Mineral water and J2O, and even Sue's coffee tasted as good as it smelled!
We can now look forward to doing the second part of the walk later in the year or in 2013.