Adventure Day: Craig Yr Aber

I decided to go back to Craig yr Aber again today, starting at the bottom carpark this time and taking a very different route. The weather was good and a I found a different path to follow.

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Adventure Day: Back to Craig Yr Aber

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 small amount of things I found.
My nice sitting area.

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.

Adventure Day: Melincwrt Waterfall

This morning I had planned to spend the day writing the next post in the All I Own series. I had it all planned out and ready to go… then I looked out the window and seen that we had a nice bit of weather!

So I quickly packed my bag and headed out the door to Neath. For a couple of weeks I have planned to go to Melincwrt Falls, today was the best chance for me to go.

I have been here a few times before, it is a nice little walk up a trail to this lovely waterfall. A good place to start doing trails again after so long.

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Adventure Day: Bwlch-y-Clawdd

It has been a while that I have been out on an adventure!
Today I have decided (last minute) to go to The Bwlch (known locally).

Quick interruption… So I looked up the translation for “Bwlch”, it has multiple meanings. One such meaning, that makes sense here is “Mountain Pass”. Although it is technically a hill, here in Wales we like to call them mountains.
However, where the Cymraeg (Welsh) gets confusing. Bwlch-y-Clawdd means “gap in the hedge”. Now this is off a Google search, I would love to know if this is correct, but it doesn’t make all that much sense.

Bwlch-y-Clawdd Road
Cwmparc
Treorchy
Wales

Latitude: 51.640389 Longitude: -3.534217

Thankfully being mid-week it was very quiet. In fact only one person passed me on his bike.

I had started off using my camera, a Canon 700D. However in all honesty My iPhone takes better quality images than it does. The only real ‘sacrifice’ is printable image size. Something that I don’t really do anyway.

I will explain my decision in a later post.

There are a few different tracks that you can walk here. I chose to go up the one that goes along the South-East that over looks the valley down to Bridgend.

It was a pretty perfect day for it, it was neither too hot or cold with a nice little breeze. It was slightly overcast with a nice lazy sun lighting the sky. Pretty good for photography.

I had walked about half way up this one track, i could have gone further, however being the first time in a while I didn’t want to push too far and regret it later.

I sat down on a rock for a little while for a drink and rest. It was really peaceful, considering that not too far away there was the main road and not much further than that a village. There was almost no sound spare for a bird chirping (a skylark I think) and the silent whoosh of the windmills.

I know this is a bit of a short post, there really was nothing exciting to talk about on this adventure.

However it really was what I needed.

I encourage anyone who has been struggling with the pandemic to get outside, somewhere peaceful and spend some time recharging.



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