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Two Walks and a Paddle November 2, 2016

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Two lovely local walks recently have kept the fitness levels up!

Carreg Cennen Castle is as all the tourist books say “spectacular’!  The castle sits on  top of a mountainous ridge with views all around of beautiful Carmarthenshire.

“Carreg Cennen Castle never ceases to amaze. There are few castles in Wales which can boast a more spectacular location. Its stout, weatherbeaten ruins crown a sheer limestone crag overlooking the remote Black Mountain (Mynydd Du) and the River Cennen in the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park, around four miles southeast of Llandeilo.’ copied from Brecon Beacons

Anyway- this is where we set off on a misty morning to circumnavigate the   castle. We walked up to the entrance of the castle and then descended to the bottom of the hill…a long way  down!

DSC06354.jpgDSC06361.jpg At the bottom we had to cross the river Cennen.

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Looking back we had a lovely view of the castle perched on the top of the hill.

DSC06371.jpgDSC06380.jpg We kept on walking  and each time we paused for breath  another amazing view of the castle appeared. Can’t imagine any invader trying to climb up that rocky face!

DSC06401.jpgWe stopped for a breather and a Welsh cake ( kindly supplied by the leader!)  where we were watched by numerous eyes!

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We crossed over the river again and thank goodness we had a leader who knew where we were going as  I would have been totally confused by this signpost!

 

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Crossing the river yet again via a ford we were nearly there…just one more hill to go down and then one more hill to go up again!  Rather like the Grand Old Duke of York!

 

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I loved this farmhouse perched on the hill facing the castle.

DSC06434.jpg Delighted to know that a large coffee and cake were waiting for us at the castle cafe. What a walk, what a  treat!

LlynLech Owen is a nearby Country Park with numerous routes through it. I was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to a new pathway where there are  bird hides …sadly no birds to hide from this day but pretty all the same.

DSC06539.jpgDSC06547.jpgDSC06548.jpgDSC06560.jpgThe visitor centre is a wonderful place to climb up  and view the water and spot the birds. There was a very handy chart to help identification but the birds were extremely shy  or  just didn’t want to be identified as I didn’t spot one!

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Rufus doesn’t seem to have many problems spotting birds in the garden but he is an excellent cat and  doesn’t catch them.He is too busy watching mice and improving his climbing skills.

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Clearing the garden today has been hard work   as the weather has seemed to encourage the plants to keep growing and I don’t like cutting down flowers when they are still flowering. However, I have massacred this clematis montana ( I know it’s the wrong season to cut it!) as it is a thug and I need to have a little bit of control in my garden! IMG_6653.jpg

The view across the Pond Field was very pretty today with the leaves turning  into their autumn colours. Trouble  with trees is their leaves….raking them all up!

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Also on the Pond Field Jim was being a star and helping with the gardening!! He took the boat out to the island and started cutting down the Gunnera. It was only  after he’d reached the island that he remembered that he’d left his gloves on the  other bank! Ow!

The moorhens were not amused that their home base was being disturbed   and swam off to the lower pond!

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After  a good day’s hard work it’s always rewarding to have a beautiful sunset  to enjoy.

IMG_6573.jpgAnother walk this Friday if I have enough energy after all the gardening!

 

6 Responses to “Two Walks and a Paddle”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    What a great walk. The views back to the castle are very fine.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading. The castle is quite wonderful with a dungeon to enjoy and walks round the parapet but the views from inside the castle over the surrounding hills and valleys are beautiful. I’m very pleased I did the walk as I’d never seen this view of the castle before and it’s the best!

  2. What spectacular views of the castle! I wouldn’t want to climb the easy hills to get to it, even if there were coffee and cake waiting there. 😉

    It’s too bad that you didn’t see any birds, but it is the wrong time of the year for bird watching, maybe you’ll return there next spring when there’ll be more birds to see.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading. The views were needed spectacular. The effort of walking up and down those hills was well worth it when I saw the castle perched high on those rocks and I also knew there was homemade carrot cake on offer in the cafe at the end of the trek! I will return to the country park next spring as I really liked the area and it’s not too far to drive there and then hopefully the birds will have returned. Tomorrow it’s another walk to another castle so hoping for some more views and sunny weather.

  3. Marie Says:

    Thanks again for a wonderful account of your adventures at home and away. The view of the castle is spectacular from any angle. I have been on that walk many times. Once in the snow and have photographs to prove it.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading Marie. The walk was wonderful. I’d love to see your photos of the castle in the snow…that would be an excellent subject to paint! Thanks again.


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