Today, Sue and I enjoyed two more of Alex Kendall's walks from his 'Snowdonia: South Cicerone guide.
The first was walk number 25, an 11km walk from Abergynolwyn, the village pictured above, below the flanks of Cadair Idris. The outing featured a lovely valley with a tumbling stream, the remnants of a slate quarry that once had 300 workers, and a small adjacent summit - Foel Fawr (348 metres) - that turned out to be inaccessible due to thick forest.
Here are some photos from this first walk of the day:
We set off from outside the Railway Inn in Abergynolwyn
Rosebay Willowherb (above) and Foxgloves (below) lined the verges as we rose above Hendre and the narrow guage railway
Our attempt to reach the minor summit of Foel Fawr failed at the edge of a forest edged slate quarry
We descended to the remains of the large Bryn Eglwys quarry,
armed with informative information boards
Beyond the quarry, the path back to the start led through lovely woodland and past a series of waterfalls
The walk of 11km included 450 metres ascent and took us 3.5 hours
Later, on walk number 24, we explored the ruins of a 13th Century castle, pictured below, before strolling in a 9km circuit in the environs of the valley of Afon Cadair.
More photos and descriptions will follow when we get home (see below), but the day was memorable for the following...
Red kites circling above us.
Numerous flowers - Sue reaching 99 species on her 'Seek' App.
Wet feet thanks to an experimental diversion.
A DofE group that got displaced on the wrong side of a wall. Hardly anyone else seen on today's paths.
Fish 'n chips from Creel instead of cooking, due to our late arrival back in Porthmadog.
Here are the photos referred to above:
Edward 1, who planned to establish an English town here
and strolled along the road, past St Michael's church
We followed (until they took a wrong turning) a group of DofE award children on a pleasant meadowland path to Bodilan. There were various different grasses, and Orange Hawkweed