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Hugo

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Re: Walking
« Reply #2010 on: April 14, 2019, 02:40:43 PM »
Yesterday Tellytubby, Rhuddlan and I did a walk in the Dyserth area and we all met at the car park at the far end of the village where the old railway station used to be..   We dropped down to the Afon Ffyddion and followed it downstream, walking past the masses of wild garlic that were only just coming into flower and headed for a spot that is so peaceful and tranquil that I never get fed up of visiting the place.     The cliffs,  cave systems and the fast flowing river make it a place of special interest and the wild garlic abounds nearby.
We moved on and crossed over the old railway bridge and walked across Maes Hiraddug Nature Reserve ( SSSI)  back to the main road.  There were a few Cowsips growing in the fields but in a few weeks time this place will be a mass of colour with wild orchids and numerous other flowers and plants in abundance.
We then crossed the main road to a public footpath that took us across open farmland to Marian Mills just stopping on route to look at a collection of cars in an open garage and then we walked along a tarmac lane passing the ruins of Grove Mill,  one of at least 7 mills that were built along the side of the fast flowing Afon Ffyddion.  It wasn’t much further before we came to Felin Fawr  (Eng  Big Mill ) and we could see all that remains of a massive waterwheel that was once on the side of Felin Fawr.
That was the furthest point of the walk so we all sat on a bench overlooking the river and had our lunch there.    We took a slightly different route returning back to the car park and walked along what would have been a proposed railway track from Dyserth to Marian Mills and our path took us through some thorn bushes which were in full blossom and we carefully made our way through them and then returned to the main road.
Tellytubby and Rhuddlan had done the walk many times with the field club so it was interesting to hear all about the facts and history of the mills and Rhuddlan later sent me a fascinating link about the mills that were in the Dyserth area years ago

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Re: Walking
« Reply #2011 on: April 14, 2019, 02:42:58 PM »
Dyserth to Marian Mills walk

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« Reply #2012 on: July 05, 2019, 05:14:45 PM »
I hadn't had a walk with my walking friends for over 2 months now due to a trapped nerve in my back, but yesterday they arranged a walk  at Gwaith Powdwr   ( Powder Works ) in Penrhyndeudraeth.      They said that it was a relatively short walk on the flat so I had no apprehensions about the walk but as the site was previously for making explosives and there had but some fatal accidents there when the factory was working I let Tellytubby lead the way and I kept a safe distance behind 
It's an interesting site with a few buildings remaining but most were closed because they were habited by Bats, but the ones we saw were quite impressive especially the pendulum.   
There was a man made pond on the site and we spent some time watching the Dragonflies and other insects flying about but they didn't stop long enough for us to get a photo of them so we moved on and sat on a bench to have our lunch and admire the stunning scenery all around.   It was a hot sunny day and the visibility was excellent with views over the river to Harlech and behind us to the Cnicht and the mountains around it and to Snowdon in the distance.
I've attached the link Hollis provided which describes the place better than I could ever do but the only thing is that the reserve does not supply you with a map so it's a case of trial and error.
After a good look around we drove to Pont Croesor  RSPB  reserve and stayed there to watch the Ospreys that have been nesting nearby for many years.     We didn't see any Ospreys in flight but we did see them through binoculars and on the web cam that is above the nest.    After that we returned to old Uncle Albert's house where we enjoyed tea and cakes and a great lot of banter too.
It was a lovely way to end a nice day out and for me personally it was good to be out again.   My legs and back stood the test but I found getting in the car hard even though it's a relatively big car so I've given up any aspirations of owning a sports car

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Re: Walking
« Reply #2013 on: July 05, 2019, 05:18:37 PM »
Great to see you out and about again.

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Re: Walking
« Reply #2014 on: July 05, 2019, 05:21:57 PM »
Powder Works Penrhyndeudraeth