Bagging Cader Idris on foot on a glorious summer day
09.07.2009 31 °C
I got a phone call recently from Steve, a friend of Lois and mine from way back in her University days. Steve has got into a habit of travelling up to North Wales to do some hill walking on his own, and last year he invited me up to join him for a couple of days, when we bagged Tryfan and Bristly Ridge (Glyder Fawr). This year, Steve called me again and suggested I join him near Bala, in Mid/North Wales.
I decided to go up on my motorbike as the roads in Wales are perfect for bike riding. I stopped at Ruths and nicks house for lunch in Cardiff, then rode up the A470 through Brecon, Builth Wells, Rhyadder and eventually arrived at a mountain pass about 40 minute South of Bala for a rest and to telephone Steve to find out where to meet him.
Just as I got there, I noticed a car that looked remarkably like Steve's, I looked up, and who should be hopping over a stile, but Steve. An amazing coincidence considering we hadn't planned to meet there, nor had he told me he would be in the area. So I had the luxury of being guided to our accommodation by Steve whilst I was acting as his out rider.
Enough words, I spent 3 days there. The first day we climbed a mountain called Cader idris..a famous ridge walk that is quite often used by the SAS for training. It was sweltering, but we could see for miles which made the navigation easy as we could see where we were going..a rare feat in North Wales!
Please don't tell my Mum that's me on the edge..she'll have a fit!
We also saw loads of jet fighters doing low flying training in the valleys below us which was an impressive sight and sound.
The next day I hopped on my bike and did a tour of the local roads, taking in a lake tour and then visiting Port Merion, which is where th cult TV series form the 60's "The Prisoner" was filmed. What a lovely day that was, pictures below:
I am not a number !
Next stop...fixing my house in Southampton ready for moving back in...an emotional but necessary journey for my daughter Laura and I.