Plans for this weekend were baulked by Covid and weather. We were due to run the Wythenshawe parkrun with grandson Jacob but for several reasons that didn't happen, and he missed both Wythenshawe and Burnley, where only 123 people turned up due to snowy weather.
Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Sunday, 28 November 2021
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Graeme, JJ and Judith joined me on an overcast day (much better than the expected rain) for a walk described in Jen Darling's 'More Pub Walks' book. Jen's route used to start, in the original 2000 edition, from Netherton Hall, but I believe it has been updated to start from Beacon Hill. Unsure about parking at Netherton Hall, I had already planned to start from the Sandstone Trail car park at Beacon Hill, from near where the above photo was taken as we made our way along a field path between winter greens, to briefly join Manley Road.
Dog walkers were parking nearby, so whilst Jen's description follows the road, we chose to wander as they were, through the wood, passing a disused quarry, and rejoining the road a bit further on, near the signed path to Helsby Hill.
Thursday, 25 November 2021
There's no separate entry for today, just this note that I've updated the index for this year's trips to Porthmadog - here. Lots to go at for anyone lucky enough to be visiting this area.
You can also click on the labels on the right hand side of the blog for any other Porthmadog trip reports.
I now have to go through and index the 400 images from last week, but a couple of 'winter' trips are needed before I produce a Photobook of 'A Year in Porthmadog'. That should be fun!
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Back in 2006 a few of us enjoyed a hot walk along the Pembroke coastal path. I recall an excellent trip. Here are just a couple of photos taken on 8 June 2006, included here by way of 'random pictures from the hard drive'.
Monday, 22 November 2021
Our weather in Wales was fine, but with limited sunshine. Yesterday it dawned sunny in Timperley, and remained so all day. We could have done with that last week.
Sunday, 21 November 2021
After being treated to breakfast in bed by the two Js, Kate realised she had woken to the aura of a Special Day.
A rather large cake later confirmed the fact.
Happy Birthday, Kate, we look forward to a celebratory meal next week.
A bit later, it was parkrun time. Jacob ran another good time in Burnley, whilst a bit further south in Litchfield, Sue and I met up with Mick and Gayle at Beacon Park.
Friday, 19 November 2021
Today's walk, after cleaning the house and enjoying a coffee with Dave, was a short outing on the way home. Starting at Plas Penaeldroch Manor, near Dolwyddelan, we noted that the café is still shut. The owner told us that it was unlikely to reopen any time soon due to Covid regulations and staffing issues. But the B&B has seen good business this year and he has no objection to walkers parking at the Manor. It would be courteous to ask permission. We had already parked in a small lay-by nearby.
The walk continued past Lledr Hall, a fine looking building now used as an outdoor centre by Salford Council. Trees obscured my attempts at a photo.
Beyond this, our route followed that of Afon Lledr, passing a railway bridge before hugging as close to the river, which proceeded through a narrow gorge, as practicable.