Walking along the western banks of the Afon Elwy, heading North.
Tree scupture on the road below Mynydd Bodran.
"Are you sure this is the summit of Mynydd Bodran?"
At the summit cairn on Lloft y Coryn on Mynydd Bodran.
Snowdonis from Lloft y Coryn on Mynydd Bodran.
Lunch on the banks of the Afon Aled, less than 4 miles from the start!
A Welsh daffodil on the roadside.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.8 miles. Climb: 1677'.
Time: 6 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S, Carole H., and Phil.
A superb day for walking, clear skies and sunshine in the morning and for most of afternoon, and the only spots of rain experienced were late in the day. The temperature was just about right for waking, although on the more exposed "higher" ground it did feel a little cool.
The described walk was mainly on the roads, so we decided to use alternative footpaths where ever we could, a decision that was to test our map reading skills to the limit, even with a GPS with it own OS Map! It didn't help, when we found out later that some paths had been re-routed when new owners had bought a forest! A few more way marker at strategic points would have been helpful, especially when several paths went around farms / houses.
Overall this was a varied and interesting walk, and will probably be repeated in the future, but the next time in an anti-clockwise direction, to see if the path finding is easier then!
Birds seen or heard today included: Winter wren, Dunnock, European robin, Common buzzard, Nuthatch, Blue tit, Great tit, Rook, Carrion crow, Raven, Fieldfare, Common kestrel, Woodpigeon, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, White-throated dipper, Greenfinch and Dove.
It was so late getting back to the car park, that we had to drive past the turning for the Brit.