The Ceiriog Valley looking West from the track between Ty'n-twll and Pentre Farm, Pontfadog.
The Ceiriog Valley looking South east from the track between Ty'n-twll and Pentre Farm, Pontfadog.
The Berwyns from the road descending South west to Glyn Ceiriog.
The remains of a once substantial farm house North east of Nant y Weniar.
An obliging Gatekeeper butterfly.
Harebells West of Coed Collfryn.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.2 miles. Climb: 971'.
Time: 4 hours 49 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Celia.
After a bit of dithering over where we were to park, we ended up in the GMC car park at Pontfadog.
The start of the walk was quite steep, rising from Pontfadog to the ridge road between the Ceiriog Valley and the Dee Valley. Views as we climbed were good, giving us a good reason to pause under the shade of the trees to dmire the beauty of the Ceiriog Valley.
Today was a day for wild flowers, one hedgerow had so many we wondered if it had been given a help in hand. We decided not to visit Y Foel, but keep to the route description and head for Glyn Ceiriog. Lunch was taken just after crossing a footbridge over the Nant y Weniar, where we were able to perch by an old stone wall, Thankfully we were in the shade, but still had views across the Ceiriog Valley. We both declined the opportunity to have a go on swing that hung from a nearby tree,
the final section from Llwynmawr to Pontfadog was along minor roads, perhaps next time we will take the path through Coed Pen-craig.
Birds seen or heard today included: house sparrow, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Barn swallow, Common swift, Common chaffinch, European robin and Yellowhammer.
after walk drinks were enjoyed at the Swan at Pontfadog, where By George bitter was on offer with Celia rejecting the Fosters and Heineken and settled for a bottle of Pironi.
Overall a good walk, long enough on a day went temperatures must have been in the mid-twenties with little or no breeze to reduce the humidity.