Looking North from the track leading to Pont Rhyd-yr-hydd.
The track leading to Pont Rhyd-yr-hydd - new route for us.
Pont Rhyd-yr-hydd ahead.
At Pont Rhyd-yr-hydd.
A small waterfall South of Pont Rhyd-yr-hydd.
The Arrenigs from the track South of Cefn y Ffridd.
The view from my lunch spot by Nant Gwyn at Cefn y Ffridd.
Distant views of the Arrenigs.
BluebellsEast of Cwm-isaf.
Very young carves in a field North of Llandrillo.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.5 miles. Climb: 1240'.
Time: 5 hours 47 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
This turned out to be a glorious day for walking, warm and sunny and occasionally a pleasant breeze to cool us. No rain and the feel like temperatures of 5 Celsius never materialised. In fact for walking the weather conditions were just about perfect.
Distant views were good, especially after lunch when the Arrenigs came into view.
We were luck enough to hear a Cuckoo calling, but the most unexpected bird seen today was two Mandarin ducks. Other birds seen or heard today included: Pied wagtail, House martin, Barn swallow, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Common buzzard, Common pheasant, Common blackbird, Great tit, Blue tit, Goldfinch, Eurasian curlew, Meadow pipit, Winter wren, Carrion crow, Rook, Raven, European robin, Mallard, Collared dove and Woodpigeon.
Much of the walk today was new to us, so had plenty of added interest. The only down side was the fact that the tracks were used by off road vehicles.
Lunch was taken by Nant Gwyn where plenty of stones provided good places to sit, enjoying views of the Arrenigs at the same time.
Spring flowers were plentiful, particularly along the verges as we descended past to the valley past Cwm-uchaf. These included: Bluebells, Primrose, Stitchwort and Common dog violet.
As expected the only difficulty we had in terms of route finding was going through the caravan site at Hendwr.
We had to go through a field that had several cows with quite small calves. It was obvious that they didn't approve of our presence, but stopped coming towards us as we gave them a wide berth.
Overall a very good walk, capped by hearing the Cuckoo.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bridge Inn at Pontybodkin where one of Purple Moose's brews went down well.