Pendine Circular

The “Navigator” gave me a limited choice for today’s walk, Laugharne or Pendine, I chose the latter. The forecast looked a little marginal with rain forecast to 0900 then dull with rain again at 1600.

Chris phoned at 0730 with rain pouring down but I gave him short shrift and said the walk was on, especially as I had just made my sandwiches.

We had a full house today including the lovely laid back Daisy and we left for Pendine and found some free parking and set off uphill heading north west and away from the coast.

 

Route ( the gubbins failed to record a short part  back down to Pendine)

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Hard times when single eggs for sale

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Lime Kiln

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Another lime kiln

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Coffee break

The route took us towards and onto Marros Mountain and then south down to the coast at Telpyn Point.

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Still plenty of bluebells about.

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A good grip was welcomed.

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Attractive gate statue

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Looking  east from Telpyn Point

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Looking west from Telpyn Point

We descended to Marros Sands where we spotted our first naturists of the season. We averted our gaze and walked down towards the sea to look for evidence of the petrified forest

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Caves on Marros sands

 

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Petrified stump

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Daisy finding something smelly to rub in.

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Our way forward was now a long slog upwards followed by a steep descent and another steep uphill climb before the never ending Pendine Sands came into view.

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Looking back to one of the steep descents

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Pendine

As forecast, the rain did make some attempt but was just enough to cool us down as we climbed the aforementioned hill but soon petered out. Back in Carmarthen we heard later that there had been thunder and a huge downpour. Luckily for us the Devil looks after us!

 

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Lliw Valley Reservoir

With the promise of tea and cake and the sun was shining I persuaded Mrs Bob to go for a walk.

We called at Many Tears and collected two of the owners dogs, Archie (no sight) and Custard an old timer and set off for the Lliw Valley Reservoirs not that far from junction 46 of M4 – look for brown tourist signs.

We parked up outside the cafe and  set off along the tar mac road which first takes in the lower reservoir and then eventually to the upper reservoir.

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Spilway

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Upper reservoir

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Looking back down the valley

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There were lots of sheep around and Archie being unable to see was not too sure about their bleating but soon settled down. Whereas most dogs are sniffing close to the ground he sniffs in a 360 degree circle. Custard has seen it all before and is happy to plod along with the occasional lie down in a muddy stream to cool off.

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Archie is still young and like human nippers sometimes sits down and will only move if carried and seems quite happy to be transported that way – but not for long!

There and back took about a leisurely two hours before the reward of tea and cake back at the cafe.

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It’s not how you start but how you finish

There is an eight mile circular walk which takes in the higher moorland and a shorter walk around the lower reservoir.

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Dog tired

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Don’t go.

Ffairfach Circular

The “Navigator” had called this walk “joining the dots” linking well known areas together. It could have been called a stylish walk as we think we crossed some 30 styles!

Route

We parked in the Woodlands Trust carpark in Ffairfach and then headed across the road to walk north along the Afon Tywi to cross the river by the pedestrian footbridge. It’s not clever to jump up and down to make it shake – especially at our age!

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The path leads into Llandeilo town passing the colourful town houses.

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We turned into the lane  into the Dinefwr Estate and we of course left the path and climbed up the steep muddy path and onto the carriage road and then into Penlan Park. Despite visiting Llandeilo on numerous occasion this was first visit to the park. Well worth the diversion as the views are worthwhile.

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Path to the Dinefwr Estate

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On leaving Llandeilo we cracked on soon to be following various footpaths which took us to the Afon Cennen. Trapp and close to the magnificent Carreg Cennen castle.

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My favourite dogs

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Afon Cennen

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Daisy cooling off

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Trapp

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Dog tired

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From her e we headed back to the car via Tregyb Woodland. and the scuplture trail.

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Resembles the “Navigator”?

By the end of the walk rain was threatening but did not arrive until I was safely home.

Arenig Fawr

As is usual when visiting relatives in Chester I try to have an away day with Andy my brother-in-law.

Our destination today was Arenig Fawr. The forecast for the Bala area was sunshine all day although the temperatures looked a little cool.

Route

We parked up and set off up a wide track heading for the east side of Llyn Arenig Fawr passing close to the small bothy.

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Llyn Celyn

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Arenig Fach

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Small Bothy

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Llyn Arenig Fawr

From here the path steepened towards the area shown  as Y Castell. The Viewranger track did not record the true path here as we skirted the steep rocks near spotheight 684 and then onto the ridge line leading to the summit of Arenig Fawr. We had lunch here in the shelter of a large cairn where there is a memorial plaque  sadly in need of replacement.

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Rocky approach to summit

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The  lost crew – not sure about the stuffed animal

The summit gave outstanding views to Snowdon in the north ,Cadair Idris and the Rhinogydd in the south and the Arans to the east.

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Snowdon range

Our descent was a little off piste heading for the obvious track leading back to the minor road.

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Looking back to Arenig Fawr

The track ,very wet in places ,led past a ruined farm which looked as if it once was a sizeable holding.

 

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Andy drying out a used tea bag to dispose of in a suitable bin.

We left the road near a small car park and joined the bed of a dismantled railway back to our car.

 

Felindre Farchog

Our little group are attempting to move to a Friday walk and it worked on this particular day. The “Navigator” had decided on an inland circular starting and finishing at Felindre Farchog just east of Newport.

Route

We headed up a minor road towards Pentre Ifan (not the burial chamber) and then into Pentre Evan Woods and on into Ty Canol Nature Reserve with lots of lichen covered trees. We did take an interesting route in the woods and somehow came out in Constantinople! This turned out to be the name of a property and not a foreign detour.

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Bluebells galore

From here we followed the Afon Clydach north and into an area where there are those living an alternative lifestyle.

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No visit to the brewery, bah!

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More spring flowers

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Curious goats

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Shed envy

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Even more spring flowers

The main A487 was crossed and our route took us near Llwyngwair caravan site to Pont Newydd where we crossed onto the north side of the Afon Nefyr (Nevern) and tracked the river into the village of Nevern. We had our afternoon break here before visiting the church grounds where we saw the bleeding yew and the Nevern Cross.

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No comments about the “Navigator”

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A very relaxed Daisy

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Chris or is it Snozzle Durante?

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Carn Ingli

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Bleeding Yew

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The Afon Nefyr was again followed back to our car at Felindre Farchog

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

At last Judy and I were able to arrange a mutually convenient day for a paddle on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal .

This was the first time this year when I was able to rescue my sandals from the shoe cupboard. It was a lovely day with spring flowers along the canal side and young ducklings skittering along the water.

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We launched at Talybont On Usk and headed west. The tow path was fairly busy with walkers and cyclists one of whom for whatever reason was wearing one of those life jackets which inflates when it hits the water. I can only assume his cycling skills left a lot to be desired!

There were good views of the Brecon Beacons with Pen y Fan standing tall.

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One of the narrow boats moored up was called the Hannah Snell, click the link for her details, very odd.

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Back at Talybont we reloaded the canoe and retired to the cafe for coffee and cake.

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