Hard going at Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog.

Last weekend I was in Wales with my local rambling club where we did a walk from the quiet village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog. We headed out of the village along the Upper Ceiriog Way. This began with a stiff climb along a lane before reaching open moorland. I was soon out of breath but the gradient eased as we reached the moor. There was lots of mud and water. The going was more suited the the people in the 4 x 4’s than those of us on foot.

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We continued along the track for a couple of miles before dropping down into the vale of the River Teirw.

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From here we headed west along a track and then through woodland towards the isolated Dolydd Ceiriog.

It was hard going and I was glad when we could stop for lunch at a lovely spot in some woodland.

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On the move again it was another steady climb but the weather was improving and we stopped for a group photo.

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At Dolydd Ceiriog we headed south climbing once again onto the moors. It felt quite remote and the way was not clear as several of the marker posts had fallen down. It was also very wet underfoot.

 

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Eventually we dropped down into the Ceiriog Valley. Dotted on the hillside were several plantations. Some deciduous trees surrounded by conifers.

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Our route now followed the river Ceiriog back to Llanarmon. We passed through some farmland where we had to avoid the wildlife. The final section was through some beautiful woodland where pheasants were being reared. Gordon stopped to inspect the irrigation system, a simple ball-cock device.

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The walk was only 11 miles but it had taken us longer than expected. We just had time for a quick drink. Llanarmon is a small village but boasts two pubs. We chose ‘The Hand’ mainly because it sold real ale. I forget the name of the other pub. I think it was called ‘The Bush’

We had an excellent pint of Station Ale. I remarked to David that he had made a  good choice.

He replied “ A pint in the hand is worth two in the bush”.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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3 Responses to Hard going at Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog.

  1. Doreen Thomas says:

    Glad I did the ‘C’ walk with Mike

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    I think I might be joining you next time

  3. dolewis says:

    Thanks, Alan, for another good set of photos and notes. Yes, we had a nice pint of “Station” at ‘The Hand” Inn. The hotel across the road, however, is called “The West Arms” and I’m afraid you misheard my quip that “a pint in The Hand is worth two in the bus”! Not as clever as you gave me credit for!

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