It’s been a bloody awful summer, in fact summer was in May! Since then we have had only ocassional good days, and I believe August was the wettest on record. Well now we’re into September and we have just had
36 hours of rain, a lot of it heavy. It rained all day yesterday, all night and was still raining this morning. I decided to go out and see what was happening, as there has been a great deal of flooding, mainly in mid and south Wales.
I started just a little further up the Conwy valley at Llanrwst, and set out to walk along the riverside footpath. Unfortunately after only a short distance the footpath vanished beneath the swollen Afon Conwy.
So, back to the car and cross the bridge, into the car park by the under-water cricket pitch, and start along the river bank again. The river hadn’t broken it’s banks but was extremely swollen.
Parts of this path were under water too, but not the river water, just because of the heavy rain. At least I could walk around this, and made my way back to the bridge.
It was still raining, and low cloud was covering the surrounding hills. The Afon Conwy was rushing through the old bridge. The photo on the left was taken in July, the one on the right was taken this morning.
I was getting very rather wet walking along the river bank, the ground was soggy and it was still raining quite hard, so it was back to the car and on to Betws-y-Coed.
I was here a few weeks ago and the river was quite full then, but this morning it was thundering under the Pont-y-Pair (bridge of the cauldron). It really was a cauldron today. The photo on the left was taken on 20th August, the one on the right this morning.
I decided to go a little further, driving on and through Capel Curig. The road was passable but there was a lot of water in places, a lot of it running onto the road from the hillside.
I pulled off the road near Llyn Lockwood and took this photo of the torrent of water gushing down the hillside opposite.
As you can see in the photo, the rain was driving across the hillside, so it was back in the car and head back for home.
Before I got back to Capel Curig though, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the cloud and rain blowing across Creigiau y Garth.
By now my feet were soaking and I was cold and wet, so it was back home for a nice hot cup of coffee.
The rain actually stopped at about 2pm. It’s never really got light today though and it looks as though it could start raining again any time. Lets hope not, and lets hope that the people further south get no more rain and get the chance to dry out their homes and businesses.