Friday, October 30, 2009

Autumn In Lakeland

A few weeks ago we took part in the LDWA event "Autumn In Lakeland". We forgot our camera which was a real shame as it was a crisp clear morning with mist in the valleys. The following few pictures are from the phone. The walk started from Rosthwaite & this is looking down the Borrowdale valley. The first section is a climb between Grange Fell & Great Crag, this is looking down on Rosthwaite & the cloud inversion below.
Further along we climbed Walla Crag, this is looking down on Derwent Water
The day unfortunately clouded over & we had a little rain, but the sun was never far away
We completed the walk in a little under 7hours & got our certificates
And so did Bess & Crag!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Weekend In Hay On Wye

Last weekend we were visiting a friend in Hay on Wye. John still works for Unipart & another colleague who left about 10years ago Andy joined us. We arrived just after lunchtime and as we were not expected until later filled a couple of hours with a walk along the river Wye (this also had the benefit of tiring the dogs for some peace later). We wandered through an area called The Warren. An Acer tree The walk was flat & a good surface firstly in some woods & then out into this big open space. We latterly discovered it is a route of a disused railway.
Then back into the trees, Crag watching some ducks below.
The next day we set off for some higher fells on the Brecon Beacons, we cheated a bit by parking beyond Talybont Reservoir at just over 400m. A waterfall on Nant Bwrefwr.
The weather was forecast to be better than it was & we were only just below the cloud line as we started to climb.
Footpath repairs are imminent here as the stones have already been delivered.
Our first break as we meet the main ridge to the Beacons. (Karen, Andy & Andy)
Karen, Andy & John
We now had a relatively flat surface to walk along the tops
Pen y Fan in the distance with the ridge lines of Cribyn & Fan y Big (nearest)
The mist lifted a little & you could see Brecon in the valley
Looking down Cwm Cwareli
As the views weren't there today we decided to drop back down to a track that would complete a circular walk back to the cars. The sun is trying to come out now - typical.
Crag removing stones from a stream
Looking down on Upper Neuadd Reservoir
And back up Pen y Fan still in the mist but Cribyn is clear
As we descend further Pentwyn Reservoir
Beautiful autumnal colours in the trees
A short road walk back to the car that is Craig y Fan Ddu which we climbed earlier
Just before the car some more waterfalls.
John lives in a beautiful old house that has been in the family for some generations & fell into disrepair some years ago & he has painstakingly renovated it back. This is the back.
And the large tiered garden
The Buddha looks over
And from the front, his house runs from the bay window on the left to the end of the garage, John's brother Robert lives in the house to the left. The next day we set off for a lower level walk at Bredwardine, John's words "this is a flat walk" !!!!
The bridge spanning the river Wye built in the mid 1700's.
The dogs head for the river
It had rained very heavily as we drove over from Hay & we were all kitted up in our waterproofs which thankfully we didn't need again.
The sun glistening in the river
St Andrews church is the burial place for the diarist Francis Kilvert
The south doorway & much of the nave date back to the time of the conquest
Three llamas posing for us in the sunshine
At the furthest point of this circular walk we reached Arthur's Stone which are the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber dating back over 5,000 years
After lunch we set off down a very steep field back into Bredwardine, remember John said it was flat!!
Saturday night was our last evening & like the previous two nights John made a delicious three course meal for us all.
The weekend has been a long time in the waiting, we started planning when we could all get together back in June! But it was worth the wait, great to all catch up again & do some walking together.
Finally we have to say a Great Big Thanks again to John for being an excellent host, feeding us so well (the diet has already started) & accomodating us & both dogs in his house, we look forward to seeing John & Andy again soon.