Today I had some time to spend with my sister. It has been a while since we had a good catch up. We wasn’t sure where should go that was a few hours worth but also not too long for doing the school run.
As before, there is plenty of parking at the bottom. You are usually luck to see a car or two there. The start of the track is just on the other side of the road.
Heading up to the waterfall without distraction should take about 15-25 minutes with a slight gradient. I think it took us over half hour taking photos and enjoying the sights along the way.
There is plenty of spots that you can see the river down the left side of the track.
A little way down from the waterfall there is steps on the right, these head over the top of the waterfall and gives access to the fairy forest beyond.
The best time to see the waterfall is just after a few days of rain, even better if you time it half hour after the rains… or I guess as it is raining.
The fairy forest is above the waterfall and is near the church that is there. Although I would ask all to be considerate that this part is not a beaten path and is old and natural woods.
After looking at a small clearing near the. car park that was not there before, we headed on to the trail.
The sun was a bit weird today, lazy and bright.
Winter still has it’s grips on the forest but there was plenty of signs of spring coming and not just from the Daffodils flowering. Other plants were poking through the dead leaves, and the trees had buds on ready.
At the waterfall I found a random pair of sunglasses left there. How did someone forget them?
After seeing the waterfall we headed back down the trail to the steps that head up and over the top. On the way up I found a random tag with a face on it and one blackbird egg in the branches of a fallen tree. Tried looking for more or even a nest.
Following the stream further up into what I say is a Fairy forest, a mostly untouched part of the trail and woods, that just looks old and wild. Although it didn’t strike the majestic beauty that I have seen it in the spring and autumn time it was still a wondrous place to go. We spent probably close to an hour exploring the area including a rest for 10 minutes.
They walk back down went quickly, it always seems to somehow.
In all it has been an enjoyable day and a good catch up with my sister. I can’t wait for my next adventure day!
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As part of Show Your Work! – Austin Kleon who wrote a fantastic book that can be easily summed up to it’s title, show your work. I am now planning to write a weekly update post, a newsletter in a way, on things that I have worked on in the last week, things that I have done and what I plan for the week ahead. I am hoping this makes me feel more accountable and get me to write more blog post and get more productive work done.
I have been thinking a lot about my website, blog and what I want to do with it all. In the few years that it has been up I have hardly done anything with it, time being a small part of that. The biggest reason I have come to realise for me not moving forward with making this website so much more, overwhelming myself.
It has been a hot minute since I went out last. Today after weeks of bad weather and timings I finally managed to get out in the wilds again. I had promised myself that I would be out more this year, this is the first time but so much has been happening. Today was a much need break.
Today I decided to go to an old stomping ground, Craig yr Aber. No matter the time of year I find there is always beauty up there to be found. The deeper forest are the best, the most freeing, a place for imagination to bloom. It was hear that I put use to the foraging pouch and hunted for things for my son to look at and enjoy.
The adventure today paid off. After trying to get to a spring that seemed naturally defended, I settled on stumbling across a beautiful spot. I sat and rested here for a while, the lazy Sun hanging to the left warming me up, a stream flowing on my right and a ruin of a long forgotten building in front. I sat on a tuft of ground covered in thick green moss and wrote in my journal while listening to the birds sing. It was a perfect moment.
Then I heard a sudden scatter of feet heading towards me! A flash of black and white zoomed past, jumped over the stream, under a fence and headed deep into the pine forest! I was so shocked to see a badger that, as far as I could tell, didn’t notice me being there.
The encounter was an interesting highlight to the adventure. The rest of the morning I spent slowly strolling through the woods heading back up to my car.
In all it was a nice walk, although I feel tired now I feel recharged again and I can’t wait to get back out there again. Harley also enjoyed looking at the bits that I managed to pick up, he loves the oak twig for some reason.