Posts Tagged ‘hills’

Well, summer is well and truly over now, the last few days have been very windy, wet and quite chilly, definitely Autumnal!

Not that summer has been brilliant. It started well in May, but since then it has been dull and quite wet. Very wet at times! 

So I thought now was a good time to post some photos which I haven’t used before, and show that north Wales is beautiful no matter what the weather.



April started off well, sunny but chilly. This is a view cross the Conwy valley to the northern Carneddau, taken from the hills above the village where I live.





 May was pleasant, though at times misty. This is a long  distance view of Snowdon.






 Spring, of course is when wildlife  comes to life. This chaffinch was  singing away on Anglesey.


 The lambs were beside Llyn Tenig, near  Bala




 During May I spent some time on the Island of Anglesey.  This is the lovely village of Moelfre, looking more like a  Cornish fishing village than a Welsh one.






The Aber falls are a wonderful sight. It’s a great walk up through woodland, with lots of birds singing as you walk.

The falls’ longest single drop is about 115ft. About 1/2 mile to the right is another fall, Rhaeadr Bach (the small waterfall), well worth the short extra walk.




  Llyn Geirionydd is in the hills above the village of Trefriw.  There is a picnic site and car park at one end, and it’s a  lovely walk around the lake.

 As you walk around the far side there are the remains of lead  mines which are scattered around these hills. The spoil from  the mines has poisoned this lake though, there are no fish in  here!

 At the far end is a monument to the Welsh bard Taliesin.



The Black headed gull was on the Conwy estuary.




The Chough was at South Stack on Angelesy.



 This is South Stack, with it’s lighthouse. In spring  the cliffs are alive with nesting Razorbills and  Guillemots and Puffins. It is also one of the few  places in the UK where Choughs breed.







The marble church is at Bodelwyddan and is well worth a visit. 

It is actually the parish church of St Margaret. The steeple is 202ft high.

It gets it’s nickname because of the 13 kinds of marble used in the interior.



This was a July day up in the carneddau hills.



And this was another one! Somewhere in the cloud is Tal y Fan, the most northerly 2000 footer in Wales.







 When we do get sun, the sunsets behind Conwy  castle are wonderful. I managed to take these from  the village in July.




This was Snowdonia one day in August, more cloud rolling down the hills.

Pinnacle Crag is in the cloud somewhere.




 A few minutes after the last photo I was looking through a  windswept windscreen. Llyn Ogwen is just about visible.





Yet another rainy day in the hills. Low cloud with rain sweeping across the hills and water gushing down them.

Glyder Fach is somewhere up there in the cloud. This was in September.




 On the same day I stopped at Llanwrst. The river was very  swollen after about 36 hours of heavy rain. In some places  the footpath was under water.






A September day up in the hills near the Aber falls. 






 Wild ponies roam a lot of the western Carneddau.




 Low cloud covering the peak of Snowdon today (2nd  October). The peak to the right is Crib Goch, with Y  Lliwedd on the left.




Llyn Gwynant this morning, between heavy showers of rain and hail.

When I was out the temperature was 7 deg C, but the wind chill made it feel more like freezing.




 And to finish…..a picture of the village where I live. A  great little place, so handy for getting into the hills.  It has a great little pub, a shop and a post office. For  some reason there are two ladies hairdressers, not  sure what that says!


 North Wales is a wonderful place, no matter what the  weather. Well worth a visit for anyone who hasn’t  been yet.


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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.

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