Now the title may be a bit over the top but today’s walk did take us through the beautiful estate of Prince Charles! Again, the weather was very pleasant, chilly but dry,and considering it’s the last weekend in January we felt very fortunate not to be soaking wet and knee deep in snow! Our Walking Well group met up in Mydffai Visitor Centre carpark to begin our trek through the Llwynywormwood ( Welsh: Llwynywermwd) estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.
We set off through the village passing the beautiful church and all the lovely cottages accompanied by a wake of red kites flying low overhead and looking very interested in all we were doing.
Sadly my photos don’t show the red kites at all just specks ..but they were there…honest!
Looking back down the road there were beautiful views all around showing the magnificent Brecon Beacons.
Apparently this is a broadband box! Here it is right out in the countryside bringing high speed broadband to all…not to our house yet but we wait in anticipation!
Stepping from the road over a stile onto the Duchy of Cornwall land the views are more parkland and all looks smart and tidy even the sheep!
In the distance one can see the residence of Prince Charles- an old coach house which has been restored and renovated in traditional style. He wasn’t at home!
The old, deserted, derelict and now quite spooky looking country house that stands nearby was the home centuries ago of a relation of Ann Boleyn. The estate was also linked to the Physicians of Myddfai , the 13th century healers , who lived in the area and maybe they used the wormwood plant , which grew on the estate, which in those days was used as an antidote to poison.
We followed the well worn path down over a stream and through some fine gates and passed some lovely trees.
Prince Charles must enjoy honey on his toast as there were a number of bee hives tucked away in a spinney and surrounded by some structural dead hogweed plants.
One doesn’t usually come across a sentry box in the middle of a walk but alas there wasn’t a sentry on duty so we passed by without giving a password!
Every which way one looked there were silhouetted trees against the vast darkening skies
A walker with the group gave me some much needed advice on taking photos and using the photo software to change colours etc- which is why there are now black and white photos on this post…tah dah! Never too old to learn but unfortunately too old to remember!
Post boxes are fascinating- there they are stuck in a hedge on the side of many country lanes and emptied by the postman usually twice a day except Sunday and they are a heritage that should be protected. This postbox had an unusual cipher on the box and I looked it up and it is the cipher of King Edward V11 1901-1910. Over hundred years old and still standing upright and tall very guard like. Maybe it should be placed in the sentry box!
Every good walk with friends ends with a coffee and cake. Today was no exception. Myddfai Hall has a wonderful cafe with all sorts on offer soup, jacket potatoes and of course the yummy cakes! There’s also an amazing shop with Welsh gifts, ranging from jams to paintings. The free range eggs sold there are the tastiest ever – that’s supper sorted tonight then!