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Hugo

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« Reply #510 on: May 05, 2020, 07:31:14 PM »
Today for my once a day exercise I thought that I'd have a walk to Bryn Euryn as it's been a while since I last went there.   I followed Llanrwst Road downhill and soon came to the old horse trough, a sign of a bygone age but much the same as the road itself which is narrow and dangerous in places particularly at the bottom where it meets the Conway Road.
I then crossed over the footbridge over the A55 into Tan Y Bryn Road and there is an old water pump that has also survived from times gone by.  After the pump I turned left and followed the public footpath through a delightful woodland setting in Nant Sempyr..This path was to take me to the top of this Iron Age hill fort and although it is only 430 feet above sea level it has stunning views in all directions.
As I came down the hill I could see thousands of Cowslips alongside the path and there were a number of Purple Orchids in full flower too.   By the car park I made a detour to see Llys Euryn which is a ruined building which was the thirteenth century manor house of Ednyfed Fychan allegedly razed to the ground during Owain Glyndwr's rising in about 1409.
After that it was time to head home along Tan Y Bryn Road and then up the steep Llanrwst Road until I got back to my home

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« Reply #511 on: May 05, 2020, 07:33:59 PM »
Bryn Euryn

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« Reply #512 on: May 06, 2020, 10:38:55 AM »
Once again, excellent Hugo, very enjoyable.

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« Reply #513 on: May 17, 2020, 12:33:49 PM »
On Friday,  I did my exercise from home and took the footpath by the bend on the rocky part of Pen Y Bryn Road and it took me to the road in the Nant Y Glyn Valley.     Just by there are impressive stone pillars that marked the entrance to the private drive of Fox Hill.
I'm afraid that curiosity got the better of me and I walked up the drive for a little nosy.    The drive is uphill and very long and goes through some mature woodland, at the end it doubles back on itself and then you see the property.    I don't know what the set up is there but it was strange with a few old cars parked in the trees and the cars  looked like they had not been driven for some time.
Anyway I stayed there just long enough to take two photos and headed off towards Nant Y Glyn Farm and the footpath by the entrance to the farm took me to a nice wooden bridge that crossed over the small stream.      I could see a couple of paths for any future walk but turned around and walked to the Old Highway and then through the steep Pwllycrochan Woods to my home

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« Reply #514 on: May 22, 2020, 07:01:52 AM »
For my daily exercise on Wednesday I thought that I would have a flying visit again to the Nant Y Glyn Valley to try and locate the Devil's Bridge, check on the route to Llanelian Yn Rhos and have a look at the stream on the Glyn Farm estate.
The first part of the walk was on the footpath starting on the rocky bit of Pen Y Bryn Road and it goes through some dark woodland and my flying visit turned out to be just that, literally.    I caught my foot on a tree root and over I went face downwards resulting in a grazed arm and knee but I got up and dusted myself down and I think that it was my pride that hurt most
Anyway I got into the Nant Y Glyn Valley without any more scrapes and the valley looked beautiful as it was bathed in the warm sunshine.I  heard the first Cuckoo there too and as I made my way to the wooden bridge across the stream I could hear the Cuckoo calling all the time.
At the bridge I walked along the stream bank looking for the Devil's Bridge but because of the undergrowth I gave that up after about 10 minutes.      I then turned left after the wooden bridge and made my way uphill just stopping to admire the Nant Y Glyn Farm and the impressive looking houses on the western side of the steep valley.    A little further on I came across the signpost for Cilgwyn Mawr so at least I had found the route I was looking for.
Carrying on along the path I came to Glyn Farm and in front of the farm is a modern and attractive housing estate.     Between the houses is a stream which is fenced off in two parts and it was the second and lower part I was interested in having a good look at as I had read that the area had previously been a rubbish dump and broken pottery and glass could be seen on the bed of the stream.
Anyway as I reached the lower part I saw a gate that was opened and had a look at the gate just to see if it was on private property but there was no sign there so I went in to the enclosure.      Steps had been made down to the stream and then up on the other side where a wooden bench was so I just sat there and relaxed.    I couldn't see any traces of pottery or glass but someone had created what could be described as an oasis in a housing estate.     Pools had been deliberately formed and yellow irises were flowering on the banks and small dams had been formed to control the flow of any Winter rain.   I took a number of photos and didn't want to leave the place but it was time to go.    I started to close the gate as I was leaving but a voice from across the road shouted out " don't close the gate"   so I asked the man who owned the enclosure and he replied " I do"         Oops  I thought for a moment but afterwards we had a long and very interesting chat and he actually likes people to go into the grounds
I did however find out about the pottery and the glass and the reason why I couldn't see any  was because when the stream was excavated the bed of the stream was unstable because of the pottery and glass etc so the guy had put paving flags over the stream bed so that the water just flows over them and doesn't create any damage
I then returned home along the same path as I came on after having learnt a few lessons then, one being that wearing sunglasses and walking briskly in dark woodland isn't cool.   The plasters will come off soon though!

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Re: Exploring The Area
« Reply #515 on: May 22, 2020, 07:06:42 AM »
Nant Y Glyn Valley and Glyn Farm