As the Winter Solstice has now been, come and gone and the evenings will now start getting lighter ( I know it’s very early days but I’m an optimist at heart!) an afternoon walk in the countryside to test the extra milli seconds of light available was arranged! Just 15 minutes drive from home is the little village of Cynghordy. We had never visited the place before in the car or on foot but we have passed over it many times! The Heart of Wales railway line runs from Swansea to Shrewsbury crossing over the village via a Viaduct!
We parked in front of the railway station and headed off down the lane.
I follow a very interesting blogger who captures wonderful photos of his landscape every day of the year. He also loves the tops of fence posts with their huge variety of lichen and life! He’s started me looking now!
Further along the windy road we passed a large manor house with a perimeter wall and a lovely secret gate!
The road cut through the very middle of a farm. Very interesting machinery, lovely old barns, animal noises and a huge pile of turnips got my attention – so we moved swiftly on!
We crossed a bridge over a racing river and continued along the road.
At last, there in the distance we spied the viaduct!
We quickened our pace but stopped to admire a little farm nestling away in the trees.
Rounding another corner a further glimpse of the ….viaduct loomed through the mist and the woodland. (I hope I’m building up the suspense for you!)
Then…gasp…there it was in full view and a truly magnificent sight it was too! Cwtched down underneath the arches is an old chapel and graveyard- just amazing!
Can you spot Jim at the bottom ?
We walked under the arches and looked back towards the chapel from the other side.
Heading back to the car we met a flock of sheep coming along the road!
We had made full use of our extra daylight and vow to return later next year when the trees are in leaf to enjoy the sight of the viaduct once more.