Yesterday was a housework day! Washing, hoovering, dusting and all the usual stuff. This is the most dusty house I’ve ever known! Dust, cobwebs and spiders webs seem to appear in minutes. Anyway, for now it’s reasonably clean.
I woke up in the middle of the night bathed in moonlight. Although the moon is waning it was really bright, and the stars were also bright. it seems so long since we had a clear night and I had to get up and look out of the window for a while.
Before I forget, you must see these wonderful cloud formations. I’ve never seen anything like these. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7574684.stm
This walk started in the Nant y Coed valley, near the coast and only about 10 miles from home. When I left home at about 10am it was quite a pleasant morning, but as I arrived in the valley the mist was swirling in from the sea.
As I walked up the valley through the woodland, I could hardly see. The hill to my left rises to about 1000ft but it was only just visible through the mist.
As I got higher and looked across the valley the mist was swirling around.
I sat here and had a drink and heard a Buzzard “meowing” above me somewhere. I couldn’t see it but it was a haunting sound in the quiet and mist.
As I climbed the Fridd it seemed as though I wasn’t going to see much, the mist was still swirling around.
The Fridd is what I would normally call moorland, but around here Fridd means “above the fields”.
Amazingly though, as I climbed higher the sun began to burn off the mist and I could see the Carneddau hills. The Carneddau range has more peaks over 3000ft than any other range in Wales, as well as some of the best ridge walking.
And now the sun came out and I was up in the hills with some wonderful views.
I love being up here, it’s great scenery and it’s peaceful. My only company was the occasional Stonechat but then i saw a Buzzard, just gliding above me on the thermals. I had seen one a few days ago, soaring up from woodland on the thermals, and suddenly 2 Crows came up from the woods and started to chase it. Buzzards can be quite playful, and having Crows chase them is a game, but when they tire of it they will just turn on their back and show the Crows their talons…..game over!
I carried on climbing over the rough Fridd, now there is just Heather, Cotton grass and Gorse bushes and the path is quite rough. Away to my right an old Roman road runs towards the coast, but over over a stile and another few hundred yards takes me to todays destination.
This is Bwlch y Ddeufaen – the pass of the two stones. The pass is about 1200ft above sea level and the two standing stones which are on either side of the path date from around 2000BC.
There are a number of smaller stones in the area too, and not far away is a stone circle (which I have visited in another post).
The air up here is clean and crisp, and lichens thrive in it. This is the lichen on one of the standing stones.
The scenery up here in the Carneddau is breathtaking, and the hills are popular with walkers and climbers. The weather though can change rapidly and you always need warm clothing and waterproofs, just in case!
I made my way back down the Fridd to the Nant y Coed valley. Now the solitary wind-blown tree on the hill top, which I could barely see on the way up, stood out clearly against the blue sky.
Another wonderful day up in the hills. Its worth going whatever the weather, as long as you take care.