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Expotition to the Wilds of Wales
Last Thursday we went on an expotition to Nant y Moch. This is a reservoir created by damming a valley in the middle of nowhere in Mid-Wales.

For some reason there was a huge car park by the dam. Ours was the only car!

Looking back to the dam

Onwards and upwards we plodded. Apart from the time we took a short cut across the corner of a bit of moorland to avoid a herd of Highland cattle who were gathered around a pile of hay that the farmer had thoughtfully left by the road, we followed this well made track. This is actually looking back downhill at part of the reservoir.

Track & reservoir

This large pool or small lake is being filled in with vegetation. However, what looks like solid land is probably just a floating mat of moss and plants and it's therefore really treacherous, especially if you were walking here in the dark. This may account for its name of Pwll y Diafol / Devil's Pool.

Pwll y Diafol / Devil's Pool

Just emerging from the cloud in the far distance is the faint grey shape of Cader Idris. We live just on the other side of this mountain.

Cader Idris

Almost at our destination! Llyn Llygad Rheidol. Hidden in the cwm is the small lake that is the source of the River Rheidol.

Llyn Llygad Rheidol

We just managed to make it back to the car before the heavy rain started. Weather permitting, we're off on another expotition tomorrow, though the forecast is a bit iffy.
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feodora From: feodora Date: December 19th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love these wide views even with these low clouds a spectaculous view
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
The landscape in Mid-Wales is not as craggy as in Snowdonia, but it is much wilder and emptier.
karinfromnosund From: karinfromnosund Date: December 19th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous!

I really have to go to Wales some day.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does have a lot of scenery crammed into a very small country. :)
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 19th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous photos, but all that gold and brown, it looks like here!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, ha! Yes, it's very brown at this time of year, but I don't think the land would feel the same. All that moorland is very wet and squishy. :)
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 21st, 2016 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, lord! And I assumed hot, and dry as a bone!
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: December 20th, 2016 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That lake does look very treacherous! Hope the weather holds for you tomorrow...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be very easy to wander out onto the vegetation -- and then you realise that the ground is wobbling under you like a water bed! (Don't ask how I know that. Not this bog, a different one.) That's when you need to turn round and head swiftly back to terra firma.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: December 20th, 2016 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous! I love those wide empty north Wales landscapes... though not sure I'd want to walking there on a day of endless heavy rain!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thankfully the rain obligingly held off until we were almost back at the car. We have another walk planned tomorrow, somewhat nearer home. The forecast is promising sun, but I'll believe it when I see it!
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: December 20th, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
That really does look quite desolate! Lovely photos, thank you for posting them.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
The landscape in Mid-Wales is not as craggy as in Snowdonia, but it is much wilder and emptier.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: December 20th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a really evocative landscape ... I'm quite drawn to it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 21st, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wales does have a lot of scenery crammed into a very small country. This is about as empty as England or Wales gets. The mountains of Snowdonia are higher and craggier, but you don't have to go far to find a farm or village tucked into a valley. In Mid-Wales there is just a lot of nothing.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: December 21st, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That country looks like a good fit for me. I much prefer landscapes that are more than a bit empty by the standards of city-dwellers. :)
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