A slightly misleading title. I do not suggest that I have fallen out or that I am in dispute with the Rambling Club. I mean that yesterday I visited Loggerheads in North Wales with the club.
I chose to do the ‘B’ party walk led by Ray. Only 9 miles but with several steep ascents. We started our walk from Loggerheads Country Park and were immediately into our first climb. A tough 100 or so steep steps leading up to the road. I was out of breath before we reached the top and we had not even started the walk proper.
We now headed south past the Colomendy Outdoor Centre and continued towards Maeshafn. It bought back memories as I stayed at the Maeshafn Youth Hostel way back in 1959 when I was on a cycling tour of North Wales.
We dropped down to cross the main road at Llanferes and then started to climb up onto the hillside. The weather had started to clear and we could see across to Snowdonia.
However it did not last and a bank of cloud rolled in.
After passing through a forest we joined a track which led us to the base of Foel Fenlli.
Foel Fenlli is the sister hill of Moel Famau and at 1677 ft is just a few feet lower, making it the second highest peak in the Clwydian Range.
It was quite a stiff climb and everyone took it at their own pace.
The Offa’s Dyke path contours round the western slopes of the mountain and the majority of our group took this path. Just six of us braved the steep, stepped path to the summit.
By the time we reached the summit the clouds had blown away and we could appreciate the views while we got our breath back
At the summit there are the remains of a hill fort that dated back to the Iron Age but was reoccupied during the Dark Ages.King Benlli ( after whom the mountain was named ) probably lived here c. 450.
The descent was steep and quite slippery but we could enjoy the views looking towards Moel Famau. From the large car park at the base of the hill we followed forest tracks back towards Loggerheads with time for a welcome pint at ‘We Three Loggerheads’
The term “at loggerheads” refers to people engaged in a quarrel or dispute. It can also be used to describe a “stupid person” or “blockhead”. Local legend states that the pub acquired its name during the 1780’s when a local landowner and the vicar were constantly in dispute. The landlord of the pub called a meeting between the two of them to try and settle the dispute.
Richard Wilson painted a sign for the pub showing two people with their backs to one another. The thinking was that there were two people at the Loggerheads in disagreement plus the third person looking at the sign.
The present sign outside the pub looks very modern and is not the one that I remember from several years ago
Ancient and modern.
Between our group there was no dispute. We all agreed that the pint of Black Sheep was delicious.