Rhandirmwyn

Another sunny day and Mrs navigator had suggested a walk in the upper Afon Tywi area near Rhandirmwyn taking in the tributary of the Afon Pysgotwr.

Route 

We parked in a lay near “Burial Chamber” shown on the OS map and adjacent to the camping/caravan site. There is a new bridge across the river. We used to launch our canoes at this point on the river but as well as the new bridge there are also new fences which looks like it would be much harder to launch.

The new bridge

The new bridge

Downstrean of the Afon Tywi

Downstrean of the Afon Tywi

After looking at a view of the rocky Tywi where it meets  the Pysgotwr we had a coffee break.

Rocky Tywi

Rocky Tywi

The route now led into woodland and a nature reserve and then steeply uphill passing an isolated property where we had a chat with the owner who was sitting outside tying flies. This looked a lovely spot in the sun but no doubt a different story once the weather turns to typical West Wales rain and mist!

Now an outdoors centre

Now an outdoors centre

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A Welsh via ferrata

A Welsh via ferrata

Water slide

Water slide

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A diversion took us close to an unnamed summit with extensive views to the Brecon Beacons and Carmarthen Fans.

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Towards the Beacons

Towards the Beacons

We followed a forestry road downhill and eventually back to the Afon Tywi and the now closed Tywi Inn. Here we crossed the bridge and walked back to the car but not before letting Father Christmas know  our addresses.

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Here`s hoping, this weather continues.

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St Brides Pembrokeshire

With the Navigator back from another foreign trip our Monday walks are back on.

The decision for this Monday was, in his words “an old fashioned coastal walk”.

A circular walk from St Brides, first inland and then back along the coast taking in Marloes Sands, Martins Haven, Musslewick and back to the car, almost 11 miles.

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Mrs Navigator was not with us as she was nursing a bad back, so it was Paul, myself and him. Leaving Carmarthen it was pouring down but we had to believe the forecast which told us that Pembrokeshire would be bathed in sunshine – it was.

We parked the car in St Brides and headed inland towards Marloes Village where we had our first coffee break.

St Brides Church

St Brides Church

Ready for planting

Ready for planting

Thatched cottage Marloes

Thatched cottage Marloes

There is a clocktower here to the memory of Baron Kensington

Clocktower Marloes

Clocktower Marloes

From here we continued south passing through the old second world war airfield to the coast at the eastern end of Marloes Sands from which the tide was slowly retreating. A steep  descent to us to the beach where there numerous dog walkers, most other popular beaches in Pembrokeshire  have dog restrictions until the end of September. We now had blue skies and with a good surf running it was idyllic, Pembrokeshire at its best. Nowhere better for a lunch stop.

Skokholm

Skokholm

Marlois Sands

Marloes Sands

new OS markers in case of navigation error

new OS markers in case of navigation error

Marlois beach

Marloes beach

breaking surf

breaking surf

Rock formation

Rock formation

More rocks at Marlois beach

More rocks at Marloes beach

Looking back to marlois sands

Looking back to Marloes sands

From Marloes Sands we climbed back up to the coastal path looking out at the islands of Gateholm and Skokholm.

Gateholm

Gateholm and Skokholm

The path leads on to Deer island and around to Martins Haven and the view of yet another island, Skomer. At Martin`s Haven we met Iolo Williams the Welsh TV naturalist just back from a diving break.

Deer Park

Deer Park

Skomer

Skomer

He may well have been filming the seals and their pups of which there were many in the inaccessible  coves.

Seals and pups

Seals and pups

New seal pup

New seal pup

The sea views were just fantastic in the clear air, Pembrokeshire never fails to impress.

Skomer

Skomer

Martins Haven

Martins Haven

The other wildlife spotted were choughs and gannets.

A cracking day.

Momouthshire and Brecon Canal

I had again arranged a canoe trip with Judy for a paddle on the Mon. and Brec Canal.

We met at Talybont on Usk joined by Judy`s daughter, Fion.

The decision was to paddle west to avoid the tunnel, which in hindsight was a good idea as the canal was busy with narrow boats today.

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Near Pencelli we saw some deer but the camera was not ready, I think these are fairly tame as they can be seen here regularly. At the basin we came across the first of four parties of youngsters doing their best to keep their canoes straight. It was a bit like a slalom for us but with no incidents we negotiated them all.

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As well as these groups there were numerous narrow boats cruising the canal and with three of us paddling we were faster and had to pass them, always a worry as most are first timers in these craft.

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We had a coffee break before paddling on to a suitable place for lunch and our return and a coffee in the cafe in Talybont.

Cheshire Cycling

In early September my wife and I travelled to Chester to visit our younger son and his partner. My wife`s sister also lives in Chester. Her husband, Andy, shares my interest in the great outdoors and we planned a day of cycling.

Route

We cycled from Andy`s house and headed through Handbridge to the Dee. The temperature was rising so we stopped at Eccleston Church to take off a layer.

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Just down the road we came to one of the gates leading to the Duke of Westminster`s estate. Almost immediately a disembodied voice queried our business, I decided against humour and merely said that we were having a rest!

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Our route continued on through Poulton, Pulford, Lavister, Trevalyn into Holt and Farndon and back into Holt to find a cafe for coffee and a flapjack. I forget the cafe`s name but they kindly offered to fill our water containers. Refreshed we cycled back into Farndon and then heading south east to Stretton and a visit to the Mill, which was closed today.

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As we were feeling fairly fit a decision was made to cycle on south to Malpas. Now Andy whether we are hill walking or cycling, always out paces me but patiently waits. This went wrong a mile or so from Malpas. There was a junction, one road to Malpas and the other to Malpas Station. I decided to take the main road to Malpas – uphill – but near the top there was no sign of Andy and so I cycled back down to the junction and rode a short way down the other road but this quickly became a grass centred lane. Back I went up the hill thinking I may well have to find my own way back, but then Andy appeared looking for his slow brother in law.

We bought food in Malpas and sat on the steps of a monument. I suppose we had covered some 20 miles by now and feeling quite smug, until two young guns stopped by us on fancy road bikes and told us they had covered 77 miles and were now returning!

Our return was now due and we backtracked to Farndon and then on to Churchton, Aldford, Huntingdon and into Chester along the Dee passing the Roodee racecource with the lady racegoers dressed to the nines.

Back at Andy`s the bike computer showed 40 miles covered, my furthest one day ride – so far.

Kilvey Hill Swansea

As it was Bank Holiday Monday it seemed sensible to avoid the honey pots of the coast and popular hills and so The Navigator decided on a small hill close to Swansea, Kilvey Hill.

Route

We parked near the White rock heritage  site and then headed up through the woods and up onto the top of Kilvey Hill. Here  we had good views down onto Swansea and across Swansea Bay to the Mumbles lighthouse and eastwards towards Port Talbot and the steelworks.

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Following a coffee break we continued east and downhill towards our lunch stop at the visitor centre of Crymlin Bog.

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It was lane work from here through Port Tenant and St Thomas,  stopping regularly to collect blackberries. Just past St Thomas our walk took us into the marina area of Swansea, onto the beach for coffee and then back to the car.

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