Friday 19 May 2017. I met up with Jacqui again today for a walk from Ruthin which sits in the western foothills of the Clwydian mountain range. We could see the summit of Moel Famau (our last walk) towering above us in the distance. Although this was a much lower level walk, we still clocked up 8 miles and almost 1,500ft of ascent.

The first leg of the walk from Ruthin Rugby Club to the edge of the village of Rhewl was over farmland with many stiles to be crossed, some of which were in need of repair. We stopped for coffee after a couple of miles sat on the parapet of the bridge over Afon Clywedog. The second part of the walk was on a good surface along Lady Bagot’s Drive. It was here that we met a couple walking their one year old Boxer dog. It was full of life, bounding about as if on springs. They asked us which route we were walking and told us about a nice cafe in Rhewl that served great welsh rarebit.

Lunch was taken sat on a hillside above Bontuchel looking out west. The clouds were building as we approached Galltegfa and a sharp shower had us donning our rain jackets. This didn’t last long and stopped almost as soon as it started. It was 2pm by the time that we finished our walk and we then drove to Rhewl in search of the Sugar Plum Tea Room. It was difficult to find and we had to call in at the village pub for directions. Finally we were rewarded with tea/coffee and most excellent welsh rarebit. The heavens opened on the drive back and I’m glad that it waited until we had finished our walk.

Ruthin – walk route



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