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‘The Cat’s Back’ (Part 2)

Saturday 17th December 2016

In Part 1, I had reached the summit of Hay Bluff, with its trig point imprinted with the image of the Welsh Dragon.

It was slightly too soon for me to stop for lunch and I was looking to rejoin the Offa’s Dyke Path heading south, before a descending to cross the Olchon Valley.

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‘The Cat’s Back’ (Part 1)

Saturday 17th December 2016

This was to be my first ever walk in the Black Mountains. I’d already postponed it by seven-days due to a poor weather forecast and, while a clear sky was not predicted for this occasion, had faith that it would remain dry.

It took just over ninety-minutes for me to cross the River Severn and arrive at the picnic site on the foot of Black Hill… Which is officially classed as being on the English side of the border.

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Video: My First Walk in the Black Mountains

I’m about to begin writing up a memorable walk from the middle of December. It was my first time exploring the Black Mountains in Wales, having already visited the (central) Brecon Beacons three times along with a few walks in the Wye Valley.

If you’re interested in watching my seven-minute video beforehand, you’ll find it below. I’m slightly disappointed (and surprised, actually) that it hasn’t received more views. Some of you may have already seen it but I’m quite certain many of you haven’t.

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Brecon Beacons – Mountain Rescue Walk

Sunday 18th September 2016

I’m no stranger to the Four Peaks that epitomise the Brecon Beacons for many visitors. Having climbed three of them twice within the previous sixteen-months, I hadn’t expected to be revisiting this mountain range so soon.

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Brunel Walking Group arranged an event where we would be led on a walk by two volunteers of Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. Assuming we might stray from the well worn and ‘motorway’ tracks, I decided to go along.

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Back to the Brecons (Part 2)

Friday 3rd of June 2016

With two peaks behind me, I was ready for the second-half of this challenging walk.

Before I could begin the climb to the summit of Cribyn, I had to endure a drop of more than two-hundred metres, from the heights of Pen Y Fan.

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Back to the Brecons (Part 1)

Friday 3rd of June 2016

As a final (and intensive) training exercise ahead of last Sunday’s Mendip Challenge; I left work at 12.30, jumping on to the M5 motorway and then west across the Second Severn Crossing and in to Wales.

It was roughly one-year since my only prior visit to the Brecon Beacons. I had returned to take on the Four Peaks Walk; aiming for a one-hundred per cent completion…

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Wentwood Forest Walk

Sunday 21st February 2016

With an uninviting forecast to follow a day that was wet and dreary, it didn’t seem like the greatest of opportunities to go hiking…

But the lure of creating footsteps in an unfamiliar part of Wales was enough to get me in my car and to arrive at the meeting point on time. It was a similar story for a dozen others (plus one dog).

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Great Ormes Head

Monday 19th October 2015

By now, we’d consumed our final breakfast in Rhosgoch cottage, had packed up and removed all of our belongings and rationed off the outstanding and uneaten food (a lot of which, ended up with me).

Ahead of the very long drive home, we aimed to at least make something of our final morning in North Wales. Our original plan was to visit Bryn Cader Faner, a few miles to the south… But as it was out of range of the OS map we had and a three-mile walk was required to get there, we weren’t entirely confident, knowing that we would also like to be back home before nightfall and not wandering aimlessly around rural Welsh countryside.

In a rather spontaneous move, we continued north up the coast, passing through a tunnel that travelled under the seat and out to Great Ormes Head, a peninsula close to Llandudno.

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