Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

A brand new walk

I felt really down yesterday, so much so that I didn't feel up to socialising in the Welsh chat group. Instead I decided to test and proof read some more of my husband's latest programming book. But I got in a total muddle and ended up in tears feeling stupid. When he returned from his walk and he tried to sort it out, it became clear that the book was confusing, but it had made me sad.

Anyway, still not up to talking to people, I messaged my Australian Welsh chat buddy to apologise, saying I was taking advantage of a rare fine day to go for a walk.

It was a good decision. The day was sunny and that, combined with a bit of strenuous exercise made me feel much better.

When you've lived in a place for 40 years, it's difficult to find a local walk you haven't done umpteen times before, but last year the Nannau Estate made a permissory path around a local hill called Foel Offrwm. It's a hill I'd never climbed until last year because the land is private and there are no public footpaths. Now, instead of scrambling up the steep heather clad hill and trying to find a route, there is a proper path. But I didn't go to the summit because there is now a circular walk that goes around the hill about half way up.

First you climb up from the car park.

View north (Foel Offrwm path)

Here I'm wearing another of those headbands I mentioned in a recent post.


The track is nicely constructed and, considering the record breaking amount of rain we've had recently, not particularly muddy.

Foel Offrwm path

Nearly back, the big house in the distance is Nannau, the former home of the Vaughan family, one of the ancient noble families of Wales. Now, sadly, it's empty and deteriorating.


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