Another beautiful, sunny day so after mowing the lawns, watering some of the plants and hanging out the washing it was decided that a walk was on the cards. Although Jim had had a significant amount of liquid drawn from his knee in hospital on Friday I thought that exercise was just what the knee needed!
We drove to the Usk Reservoir, at the Western end of the Brecon Beacons , only half an hour away from home.
We walked across the dam and spotted some colourful lichen covering the wall.
The reservoir was beautiful to look at but there were very few people around to admire the view. Fishing from the beaches and from rowing boats was the only activity to be seen.
There was a machine just like those in car parks where one could buy and pay for a fishing permit for the day- what a sensible idea!
Along the banks of the reservoir there were a couple of picnic benches where one could sit and admire the lovely views over the water towards Pen Y Fan , the highest peak in South Wales.
Pen Y Fan in the distance.
As we looked towards the furthest end of the reservoir it looked a mighty long way to walk but as the knee was holding up we decided to throw caution to the wind and continue…….isn’t hind sight a wonderful thing!!
We strolled past vast plantations of forest where all the fir trees had new soft growth like little fingers on the ends of each branch.
There was much to admire along the pathways ‘fairy glens’ , pretty wildflowers but the forestry track seemed to go on forever.
At last we reached the end of the reservoir. There was a delightful stream that ran down from the hillside into the water with a boggy area covered in a dainty little white flower- water buttercup/water crowfoot?
The end of the reservoir meant we were half way round and the best half had been covered! The rest of the walk was very bumpy and hilly and not picturesque at all and many of the trees had been mowed down and left . We were so pleased to see the car in the car park about 3 hours after we’d left it there. Maybe I should have read this first:
4. A stroll beside Usk Reservoir
The Usk Reservoir is in a remote area surrounded by forest and moor-land overlooking Mynydd Du or the Black Mountain. There is an 8km circular trail which winds its way around the reservoir.
8km – quite a long walk for a poorly knee but we managed it and now we are home and resting the knee is OK! (thank goodness)