At the top of Cefn Ddu.
Observing Dodd's 1st Rule of Walking.
Sue agrees, but there's no room!
Lunch on Y Graig.
The little chapel on the hill above St Beuno's.
Inside the little chapel on the hill above St Beuno's.
Michel leading the "lost sheep"!
When you find one lost sheep we should rejoice, but Michel found four!
Snowdonia from the Southern slopes of Moel Maenefa.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.5 miles (a little more for lost sheep!). Climb: 1590'.
Time: 5 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel, Celia and David Savage,
This turned out to be a good day for walking, mainly sunny with a coolish breeze, particularly at lunch time when we had lunch on the lee side of the hill, rather than take advantage of the picnic tables that were on the top of Y Graig.
We had several superb views of Snowdonia, none better than from Moel Maenefa towards the end of the walk.
The bonus today was to arrive at the little chapel/ place for meditation above St. Beuno's at the same time as a young lady from America that had the key, and we were able to see inside for the first time.
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Rook, Blue tit, Great tit. Winter wren, Chaffinch. Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Raven, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant, Great spotted woodpecker, Willow warbler and Chiffchaff.
Plenty of flowers were seen today. They included: Red clover, White clover, Bird's foot trefoil, Broom, Common gorse, Daisy, Foxglove, Lesser stitchwort, Bluebell, Red campion, Red valerian, Buttercup, Herb robert, Mallow, Dog rose and Rock rose.
Overall a good walk, with more up than you might expect.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, where the Lees bitter went down well, and is still going down well!