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20th December - Elan Valley by the backdoor
Following a very mild period of weather with temperatures often exceeding 10 degrees, we managed to fit in a proper day's walk on nearly the shortest day of the year. Starting from Llanwrthwl in the Wye Valley, near Rhayader, we ascended a beautiful ridge to climb Y Gamriw, one of the few 600m+ peaks that fail to reach 2,000 feet, if only by a whisker. With the sun low in the sky, we descended an old drovers' track towards to Elan valley before branching off across open, rather marshy country to reach the top of the Dulas valley and the route of the Elan Valley Ten Mile run. We then climbed through dense sessile oak woodlands to reach the Carn Gafallt nature reserve and SSSI. Finally the Wye Valley Walk was joined for a steep descent back down to Llanwrthwl and its Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas to all readers of this bog and a happy 2017!
10th December - Orcadians in Herefordshire - The Black & White Tour. Moira and Brian are natives of the Orkney Isles and they were down in Herefordshire re-visiting their favourite English county - a county in which Moira had served during her time in the RAF.
Rob picked them up from The Castle House, Hereford and took them on a tour designed spefically for Moira and Brian. They enjoyed the mistletoe and woods of a mild December countryside. They explored the lanes and by-ways of the county and they investigated the rich history of the black & White villages of north-western Herefordshire.
To hear what Moira thought of the day, please click here.
6th December - Misty Mountain Jog - The Begwns
TIhe mist and fog arrived over the Wye valley and attempting to rise above it, Rob ran The Begwns. Unfortunately, the mist became hill-fog and no clearing transpired. Nevertheless, the Begwns is a wonderful place on which to run. If you fancy some guided running on open hill land, get in touch.
4th December - Running on top of the world - Brechfa common
Stunning high pressure has led to beautiful anticyclonic conditions over Wales recently. Bright sunshine and blue skies during the day and cold, clear starry nights have made it a wonderful time to be exploring Mid Wales! Today Rob cycled up to Brechfa Pond nature reserve and then ran up the local top, Mynydd Fforest. There were far-reaching 360 degree views stretching from the Brecon Beacons to the mountains of north Wales and the border hills of Shropshire.