Sunday 27 September 2015. It was good to see that 15 walkers, including two new faces, turned out for today’s 6.3 mile walk with just 300ft of ascent around Roydon Common. It was another super sunny Sunday as we set off towards Hall Farm and then on to the northern edge of Roydon Common where we stopped for a leisurely coffee break.
Resuming the walk, we headed towards the A47 before turning east past Warren Farm and along the southern edge of the Common. There are two “odd” towers in the vicinity of the Common. I’ve often wondered what these are and thanks to “Google” I now know that they are relics from WW Two.
Lunch was taken at the 5 mile point sat on the staging for a cattle/sheep/pony gathering pen. From here it was just a short walk back to the cars to complete an enjoyable walk in one of my favourite areas. I should record our thanks to Helen for leading this walk.
Roydon Common – walk route
Sunday 20 September 2015. Only 6 of us turned out for today’s 8.6 mile walk with just 650ft of ascent starting from Southwick. It was a shame that so few bothered or were able to join in with what was a nice walk on a sunny Sunday. Perhaps they were put off as when we last did this walk in February 2014 the conditions underfoot were very different and extremely muddy.
There was a slight uphill climb before we were able to walk through Short Wood and stop for coffee just before Provost Lodge Farm. The next leg was a little longer than usual as we made our way around Glapthorn Cow Pasture and through the outskirts of Oundle before stopping for lunch at Glapthorn church. This was a nice sunny spot and we made the most of it before eventually moving on.
The last leg of the walk saw us pass through Glapthorn before making the brief climb back up to Short Wood again and then downhill back to the cars.
Southwick – walk route
Friday 11 September 2015. Today’s walk was another that I made up for myself and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable of this holiday. I parked just across the river from Crickhowell and started the 900ft climb up to the disused quarries just above Llangattock. This was a steady rather than a steep climb with much of it being along an enclosed bridleway.
The next 2 miles were absolutely beautiful as I followed the level course of the old tramway through the Craig Cilau nature reserve. This is a limestone area similar to that found in the White Peak or the Yorkshire Dales and made me feel at home. It was so tranquil and provided good views back towards Crickhowell. All too soon this section of the walk came to an end and I then headed back towards my car, passing through Llangatock village where there was a lovely wild flower border.
Today’s walk was 7.25 miles with 1,650ft of ascent. The weather forecast for the weekend isn’t great and I’ve decided to come home tomorrow and cut the holiday short by a couple of days. In my time at Crickhowell I’ve done 9 walks totaling 67 miles and 15,500ft of ascent.
Llangattock Quarries – walk route
Thursday 10 September 2015. I had considered a walk up Waun Rydd today but this would have been 9 miles with 2,300ft of ascent. I think that I’ve had my fill of climbing mountains for this holiday and opted instead for a walk that I made up starting from nearby Llangynidr. It was far less taxing although it was still 8.5 miles with 1,630ft of ascent.
It was a gentle start as I strolled alongside the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal. This section was a little more attractive as it meandered towards Talybont-on-Usk and included a number of locks. I couldn’t stay on the level for the whole of this walk and the climbing began as I turned on to the Usk Valley Walk. It was a fairly gentle climb before descending briefly to pick up the Brinore Tramroad. From here I could see across the Talybont Reservoir to Waun Rydd and the surrounding mountains which were shrouded in mist and low cloud. This only served to reinforce my decision to stay low today.
The former tramway rose gently before leading me to a path across the hillside to join up with the Beacons Way. This was the highest point of the walk and it was all downhill from here back to the canal and Llangynidr. The weather forecast today was for sunshine but, as happened yesterday, this took a long time to break through and it didn’t really brighten up until near the end of the walk.
Llangynidr – walk route
Wednesday 9 September 2015. I decided to do a walk directly from my caravan site today. The route was one that I devised myself from the map and turned out to be 7.25 miles with a total ascent of 1,400ft.
I walked down to Cwmdu and crossed the A479 to begin the ascent of Pen Tir. This involved a short section of uphill road walking along the route of the Beacons Way before turning on to an even steeper bridleway which lead towards the summit at at just below 1,500ft. By now I had climbed 1,000ft in under 2k. The route then leveled out as it contoured around the top of the valley and rejoined the Beacons Way.
Soon after crossing Cefn Moel I turned east back towards Cwmdu. The bridleway that I had planned to use was lost in a sea of bracken but there was another track a little further on which brought me back to The Crindau and my scheduled way back to the caravan. This walk has taken my annual mileage to just over 800 and I should make it to my target of 1,000 miles before the end of the year.
Cwmdu – walk route
Tuesday 8 September 2015. Back in April 2011 I posted a picture of myself with a bright red and very sore nose. Well, it has happened again, something which is triggered by bright sunshine. I know that this has been scarce this summer but this last week in Wales has been very bright an very warm.
My problem is that I suffer with the Herpes Simplex Virus (cold sores) but rather than erupting around my lips, for me the outbreak is normally on the left side of my forehead and sometimes on my nose, as is the case just now. I try to prevent this by using suncream and wearing a baseball cap to keep the sun off my face, but sometimes I forget and have to suffer the consequences.
The treatment is to use Zovirax antiviral cream which normally clears this up in a week or so. I know that I shouldn’t complain, especially as it is the result of sunny weather which we haven’t seen too much of this year. I’ve added a not very flattering photo to show you how I look today.
Tuesday 8 September 2015. The low cloud and mist that had formed overnight took longer to clear than I had thought and meant that I didn’t start my walk until 11.00 today. Even so there was still some cloud cover as I set off and Pen y Fan was disappearing into the cloud and then clearing again for most of my walk.
I drove out of Brecon, along the A470, to the starting point of my 3.8 mile circuit of Fan Frynych with a total ascent of 1,200ft. This is the highest point on the Craig Cerrig Gleisiad national nature reserve, an area less frequented than Pen y Fan on the other side of the A470. There was a stiff climb straight from the car and this became even steeper as I made my way up the side of Craig Cerrig Gleisiad. I climbed over 900ft in the first mile of this walk. Once on top of the crags the going became easier as I made my way to the trig point at Fan Frynych.
The route that I had planned would have taken me almost 1,000ft down from the trig point and would have meant that I would then have another climb of 350ft to pick up the path that I decided to follow back to the car. This change of route cut a couple of miles from the walk, something that I was thankful for after a few days of hard walking. It was all downhill from the trig point but at a much less steep gradient than that of the ascent and made for an enjoyable return.
Fan Frynych – walk route