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May 31 A Step Too Far? May 31, 2016

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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!

DSC03945We drove to the Usk Reservoir,  at the Western  end of the Brecon Beacons , only half an hour away from home.

DSC03949DSC03951We walked across the dam and spotted some colourful lichen covering the wall.

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DSC03958-1The 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.

DSC03963-1 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!

DSC03964Along 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.

DSC03967-1  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!!

DSC03969-1We strolled past vast plantations of forest where all the fir trees had new soft growth like little fingers on the ends of each branch.

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There was much to admire along the pathways ‘fairy glens’ , pretty wildflowers  but the forestry track seemed to go on forever.

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DSC03985 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)







8 Responses to “May 31 A Step Too Far?”

  1. A beautiful day for a walk, I hope that Jim’s knee is doing okay. Loved the scenery and all the flowers, a real treat!

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you. All of Jim is aching this morning so the knee is just fitting in with the rest of his body! I think I’ll take him shopping that will make him feel better!!
      I don’t know how you manage to take such stunning photographs of all the birds and wildlife when you are on your walks. We could hear many, many birds singing in the trees but we are unable to identify bird song easily and we didn’t see any birds at all. I haven’t got your patience to sit and wait!
      Thank you again for getting in touch.

      • I seldom sit and wait, that’s too boring for me. Wehn I move, the birds will move too, and that’s when I catch a glimpse of them. Once I know about where they are, I go in after them.

      • lletty Says:

        Oh that’s how you do it! I’ll try that next time. I’d still miss the bird even though I only point and shoot my camera.

  2. Wendy Says:

    A beautiful area, Chris and I know it well. We took the children up there fishing and now Chris and his friend Jeff are in line for a mooring for their boat.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you Wendy. Yesterday the sun was shining and it was just perfect conditions for a walk but the water was quite choppy! We enjoyed seeing the fishermen on their boats and around the reservoir beaches. Let’s hope Chris gets a mooring soon. Great place for a bit of painting but sadly no coffee shop!

  3. Marie Says:

    A step too far maybe but a good day out and certainly a good test for Jim’s knee. Glad it stood the test

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks Marie. The knee seems to have held up but it’s the rest of his …and my…body that feels stiff and achy today! Just off to the Coop to do some shopping so that should get us going! Off to visit Em tomorrow so looking forward to that . See you soon.

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