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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim

Miles travelled on Sunday: 4
Miles travelled so far: 35 (1686 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 543

Percentage complete: 6%

Point reached on journey: We have just been overtaken by the Grey Company: Halbarad Dúnadan and 30 rangers of the North (summoned by Galadriel), plus Elrond’s sons: Elladan and Elrohir. The moon is westering, but it shines out through clouds.

Where I really went...

Another Sunday field trip, this time to the hills and rocky outcrops above Barmouth. Our luck with the weather sort of ran out, though it didn't quite actually rain. We did have lovely weather on the trip last Sunday, but I didn't blog it because I didn't actually walk anywhere due to having to spend the afternoon sitting and chatting with one of the female students who couldn't make it up the hill. It was a pleasant chat and the day was sunny (I managed to get slightly pink where I had omitted to apply sunscreen), but there wasn't enough to make a post.

Anyway, back to last Sunday...

This was where we ended up.

Mawddach Estuary

Classic shot of the Mawddach Estuary.

Barmouth church turret with seagulls

The zoom on this makes it look like everything was very close together, but this shot was taken from up on the hill behind Barmouth, which you can see behind the tower in this picture.

We climbed up past the back of the church and I only realised when I came to process the picture that it shows the station and tourist information point where we started our walk. Behind that is the amusement arcade.

It's quite a steep climb up from Barmouth on to the hills behind the town. Though the walk was only 4 miles in length, it felt longer due to all the climbing and descending. This is the view looking back down the track.

Looking back down the path

This gives a good impression of the weather yesterday. Basically is was cloudy with mist down on the hills. However, it wasn't too cold, though woollies and waterproof coats were required, I didn't need a hat and I took off my gloves about half way through the walk.

Wind-shaped tree

After mapping various rock outcrops (students) and taking numerous photos of grey rocks (me), we descended to the narrow tarmac road and thence to the Panorama Walk.

The spring flowers are coming out nicely now. We passed a bank of primroses and I spotted this violet in a shady spot in the woods.


At the viewpoint, we were rewarded by a splendid (if rather cloudy and misty) view.

From here we headed back down the footpath through the woods which brought us back to the main road and from there back into Barmouth to where I had parked the car.

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