The Afon Ceiriog, East of Pontricket.
"You don't think you are coming this way, do you?"
The tramway at Pandy - looking westward.
Which one of Harris Hikers would be best suited to this role?
The delightful woodland path on the Ceiriog Trail heading for Gelli.
As ever - which way now?
The Teirw valley from the North.
Heather moorland at its best.
Another cairn conquered, well nearly!
Does this cairn have a name - it isn't marked on the OS map.
Down hill all the way now, unless we extend the walk a little.
Looking South over Tregeiriog to the hills beyond.
The Afon Ceiriog from the bridge near the mill at Tregeiriog.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.9 miles (6 miles), Climb: 1076'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S and Phil.
A very select group, just three of us set from Pontricket along the valley towards Pandy. A good forecast was on the cards, so we were anticipating good walking conditions. It was, although at times the lack of any wind made it feel pretty warm and humid. We shouldn't complain, this was certainly the best weather we have experienced on the open moorland East of Rhyd Caledwynt.
This was the first time that we have walked on the North side of the Teirw Valley and the route West of Gelli wasn't easy to find or in places negotiate. In future I think we will stick to the Ceiriog Trail until it meets the Upper Ceiriog Way.
We decided to have lunch at the highest point as the Upper Ceiriog Way entered open moorland. At this point the Ling was in full bloom, quite stunning and the best display we have seen this year.
Route finding across the open more was easy, now that we have done it a few times, bet it in the opposite direction.
After a slight detour to visit the larg cairn seen from the path to it South east.
After reaching the road and the Tregeiriog path above Ty-Uchaf, Phil decided to head home as it was his wife's birthday. The rest of us headed for Tregeiriog and back to Pontricket on the Southern side of the river, giving us another opportunity to "enjoy" the climb fro Pen y Bont to the Pontricket layby.
Birds seen or heard today were few, but included: Carrion crow, Rook, Raven, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit and Barn swallow.
Overall a very enjoyable walk,
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochain at Gresford, where we sat outside, in the shade of course slaking our thirst on Snowdonia Ale and Brunning and Price's bitter.