The Afon Llugwy as we set off from Betws-y-Coed.
Walking in the Llugwy Valley.
"Are they wild Welsh daffodils?"
The Afon Lledr from the footbridge/
Llyn Elsi from the Monument.
"I now I'm only a Common frog, bu I'm not just a thing!"
Walk stats: Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 2479' (GPS wind assisted, probably nearer 2000').
Time: 5 hours 27 mibutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Celia and Mike.
We set off from Betws-y-coed along the Llugwy Valley, optimistic that the weather would get better, it didn't until lunchtime! These were almiost the worst weather conditions for me in my Paramo gear, too warm and cooking from within, glasses steaming up and the feel of rain almost like being in low cloud! Unfortunately we were sheltered from the wind and the expected cooling never arose!
Consequently the continuous climb along Sarn Helen was a little on the tedious side, but once we were over the highest point it seemed much better.
Walking along the Lledre Valley we managed to spot a Treecreeper doing what its name says it does. I addition we spotted lots of small dafffodils that led to much discussion as to whether they were truly wild Welsh daffodils.
Lunch was taken alongside the Afon Lledr at the end of a small woodland, that provided shelter from the wind.
It was only as we arrived at Llyn Elsi that the skies began to clear and there was a hint of the Sun trying to put in an appearance.
We arrived back at Betws-y-coed knowing that the steep descent had made our knees happy to be on the flat!
Birds seen or heard today were few, but included: Common blackbird, European robin, Canada goose, Mute swan, Lesser black-backed gull, Blue tit, Great tit, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Carrion crow and Treecreeper.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell at Halkyn, where several brews were sampled including a bitter from a Brecon brewery, a Ginger beer, a local cider or two, a German sounding lager and even orange squash, as well as cheese and onion crisps!
Overall a good day out, despite the early disappointing weather.