Wednesday, 12 January 2011

#4.Clwydian Hills. 10-1-11

Today i met Glyno in the village of Cilcain for a short walk in the Clwydian Hill's.The original plan was to show him a longer walk in the area culminating with a scramble up "Howie's Gulley",but as it was raining quite hard we settled for a shorter walk.Leaving the village at 9.45 we walked past the 2 new car park's on the outskirt's of Cilcain to reach Ty ar y Croes Ffordd and turned left passing Plas Newydd to reach the Offa's Dyke LDP.Here we climbed up to Moel Dywyll and stopped to admire the view down to the Vale of Clwyd.Next it was on to Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower which we reached in no time as the pace was quick.We walked down the left side of the forest toward's Cilcain but just before the edge of the forest we took the path through the tree's that bring's you out by the stile that lead's up to Ffrith Mountain,but we left that for another day and contoured round the base of it until we reached the Anderson Shelter,here we turned left to pick up a lane that lead's to the house Cae Newydd.I have walked this lane many time's but was dismayed to find it terribly cut up with deep mud from one side to the other,quite clearly mountain bike's had done this as there were lot's of tyre track's through it,in fact 1 lone cyclist cycled past us as we were trying to negotiate our way through the mire.Much zig-zagging entailed until we reached the duckboard's and when we reached the small stream we stepped into it to clean our boot's.Beyond Cae Newydd we turned right on the reservoir road for the short walk back to Cilcain.
We walked 7 mile with 1,500 feet of ascent and it took us just over 2 hour's.

MILES        27
ASCENT     7,650
TOPS         12

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