Tenby and Penally

Mad dogs and Welshmen go out in the mid day rain!

Only two walkers today. Mrs Navigator is on a spending spree in London, Chris has man flu and Paul had suggested I check the weather forecast, he had!

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And so it was just The Navigator  and I  who parked up in Tenby, at least the parking was free. Suitably togged up we set off to walk through Tenby now quiet compared to the busy summer period. Near South beach we walked alongside the golf club and turned off to walk through Kiln Park Holiday Park.

In one of the many old kilns we stopped for a coffee.

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From here we headed inland to follow footpaths into Penally.

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Ruin cottage overlooking Penally

A welcome bus shelter was found where we had lunch before deciding this was madness and we headed back to Tenby. However just to be perverse our inward journey was along a wet and windswept South beach with a good surf running.

 

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It’s nice in the summer

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A possible shelter

Apart from one brave dog walker, whose collie was clearly in its element we had the beach to ourselves.

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Colourful homes overlooking South Beach

A rather steamy car ride  soon had us back into Carmarthenshire. I can’t, wouldn’t dare speak for The Navigator but I enjoy these wilder days as long as I know a warm home is waiting at the end of the day.

The shortage of photos is due to the awful weather.

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Llangollen

I travelled up to Chester following my walk on Mynydd Llangyndeirne to help out my son and partner Gianna look after a newly acquired puppy, a springer named Holly.

Gianna had arranged a day off on the Tuesday and I was not required for that day and so I met with my brother in law, Andy for a walk.

The destination was to be Llangollen for a walk up to Dinas Castell Bran and then along the limestone escarpment of Creigiau Eglwyseg.

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It was a clear day albeit windy and the views were excellent whilst walking up the hill to the ruined castle and continued throughout the day.

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Nothing changes in Wales

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Towards the Clwydian hills

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Creigiau Eglwyseg

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Ruins of Castell Dinas Bran

Once on the escarpment we found a spot out of the wind for lunch and then carried on eventually finding a marked path leading down from the escarpment on to the lanes leading into Llangollen.

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Heading down into the wind

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An interesting way down

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Looking back up

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Another view of the ruins

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A very full Afon Dee at Town Falls

The day finished with a welcome cup of chocolate and a festive mince pie.

The rest of the week was spent doing my utmost to train the puppy to realise the toilet area was outside and that her needle sharp teeth were not for eating me. Best of luck Rhodri and G.

 

Mynydd Llangyndeirne

I made my usual telephone call to “The Navigator” on Sunday evening only to be told I was to be the guide on Monday suggesting a walk near my home.

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So on Monday the 7th December a full group was assembled consisting of Mr and Mrs Navigator, Paul, Chris, Daisy the Dog and me.

We left the village of Llanddarog and headed south on lanes and up to Mynydd Llangyndeirne  passing the huge limestone quarry. This quarry has been in production for a considerable time and we have seen it eating into the mountain for the 35 years we lived here.

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An old lime kiln near the quarry

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Letter boxes for the few properties on the hill

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Once on top of the hill (mountain seems an excessive description) we walked through some very muddy areas, the group had been forewarned about conditions, and up to the trig point where a panorama view point had been erected showing the various areas that can be seen.

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They were warned it would be muddy

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Two toned Daisy

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No, it is not what it looks like!

Lunch was had out of the wind and we then set off on the return leg, encountering even more mud until we reached the more firm track taking us back to the road. Another footpath was taken leading to the fishing ponds of Garn Ffrwd. It was then lane work down to near White Hall, Cil-yr Ynys and then another footpath through Glanyrynys leading back to Llanddarog.