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Moel Siabod and Llyn y Foel

The advantage of digital photos is that you have much more control over the finished image. The problem with digital photos is that the processing in PhotoShop or other photoediting software takes a lot of time!

I still haven't finished the US pictures or the wedding pictures and I've barely glanced at the Harlech pictures I took yesterday while out with green_knight. However, I have now done what I can with the rather dismal photos taken on our walk last Friday.

G had been spending days running his computer models, so basicaly was getting as fidgety as a horse that has been shut in a stable for too long. He announced that he wanted to climb a mountain and that he'd found one he'd never been up before. As we've lived here for nearly 30 year, this takes some doing.

Thursday was horrible and the weather forecast indicated that the weekend was going to be wet, but Friday indicated a brief window of opportunity.

We drove to Dolwyddelan and walked up through the forest from there.

Everywhere was deserted. We saw:

People 0
Sheep 3 (totally astonishing for Wales which is teeming with sheep)
Buzzards 2
Little unidentifiable brown birds 6
Butterflies 2
Bumble-bees 2
Slugs 1
Spiders 1

The Crimea Pass
The Crimea Pass

The road between Dolwyddelan and Blaenau Ffestiniog climbs over the Crimea Pass.


Afon Ystumiau
Afon Ystumiau
The track through the forestry crossed over the River Ystumiau.
Moel Siabod and forest
Moel Siabod and forest
The weather was very overcast and it was extremely difficult to get any decent shots.
Tormentil
Tormentil
These tiny flowers are common on the sheep pasture. This specimen was only about 7mm across.
Liverwort growing in the forest
Liverwort growing in the forest
These liverworts only grow in places that are continually wet.
Waterfall -- detail
Waterfall -- detail
These pretty falls were in the forest leading to Moel Siabod.
Waterfall below Moel Siabod
Waterfall below Moel Siabod
We ate our lunch by these beautiful falls.
Llyn y Foel (Foel Lake)
Llyn y Foel (Foel Lake)
We eventually reached the lake below the summit of Moel Siabod. The weather was pretty horrible by then, so we didn't linger!
Moorland leading to Moel Siabod
Moorland leading to Moel Siabod
No one seems to climb Moel Siabod. The fact that there's a long slog through forest and across moorland to get there might have something to do with it!
Stile leading out of the forest
Stile leading out of the forest
When we climbed out of the forest, we saw a sign saying no walkers. This was a total mystery as there were no signs down at the bottom saying we shouldn't enter. Theoretically, having left the forest, we shouldn't go back in there -- except that was the only way back to the road!
No walkers
No walkers
This was the rather weathered sign on the mountain side of the stile.
Walk this way
Walk this way
However, on re-entering the forest, we saw that this sign was on the forest side of the stile. It was as though the stile was a one way filter. Please leave the forest via this stile, but don't go back in there again! Why this should be, we hadn't a clue.

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