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!
At the bottom we had to cross the river Cennen.
Looking back we had a lovely view of the castle perched on the top of the hill.
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!
We stopped for a breather and a Welsh cake ( kindly supplied by the leader!) where we were watched by numerous eyes!
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!
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!
I loved this farmhouse perched on the hill facing the castle.
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.
The 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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
After a good day’s hard work it’s always rewarding to have a beautiful sunset to enjoy.
Another walk this Friday if I have enough energy after all the gardening!