I was back in Welshpool, this time with Crosby Rambling Club and I did the B walk, a comfortable stroll through parkland, tracks and field paths.
We started the walk from the centre of town and nearby was a statue representing a steam train. We walked up the main street to join the Glyndwr’s Way long distance footpath at the entrance to the Llanerchydol estate. As we began to climb I heard a loud whistle from below and then the unmistakable sound of a steam train. This time it was the real thing. The train was just pulling out of the station. I was not in a good position but I managed to grab a quick shot before it disappeared behind the trees.
A touch of nostalgia.
The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is a narrow gauge railway that runs from Welshpool via Castle Caereinon to the village of Llanfair Caereinon, a distance of 8.5 miles. The line was built in 1903 to link farming communities with the market town of Welshpool. After 1931 the railway only carried freight traffic and was closed in 1956. But, in 1963 a group of enthusiasts began to restore and gradually reopen the line as a tourist attraction.
It was lovely to see, and hear it pull away. It was a very clever little train as it blew smoke rings!
We walked through parkland before beginning the steady climb to the summit of Y Golfa at 361 m.
We stopped for lunch by the trig point on the summit. We could watch the golfers on the course below us. There had to be a golf course at Y Golfa !!!!!.
Visibility was perfect and I kept looking at two little hills that we had passed on our journey in. They are Middletown Hill and Breidden Hill. I must walk them one day.
Leaving the summit we followed the Glyndwr’s Way for a short distance and then joined a quiet lane.
Having passed a nursery and garden centre we headed across several fields where the corn had just been cut.
We re-joined our outward route but just before reaching Welshpool we turned off to walk through the grounds of Powis Castle.
It is a medieval castle, fortress and country mansion and the residence of the Earl of Powis. It is administered by the National trust and is famous for its landscaped gardens. There are several pools in the gardens and the surrounding area where they have names like Ladies Pool, Round Pool, Dairy Pool or Duck Pool and of course Welshpool. Apparently the town was once just called Pool, but then the Welsh prefix was added to stop confusion with similar named places such as Poole in Dorset. We did not have time to visit these but were content to walk through the deer park.
Back in Welshpool we did have time for a pint of ‘Black Sheep’ at the Royal Oak. Just what we needed at the end of a hot day.