Saturday 27th November was billed as a walking weekend when Susie and I would take guests out to explore parts of the Black Mountains that we know well. The snowfall on the previous day and the bitter temperatures did nothing to curb the enthusiasm of Cynthia & Paul Chaddock who very graciously put themselves in our hands for a walk over Cefn Moel and Mynydd Llangorse.
Just too cold to stop for long!
The country side takes on a whole new look with a covering of snow and we could see that the higher, surrounding hills were wreathed in freezing fog, vindicating our choice of not aiming for the highest hills. We moved fast enough to keep warm but careful not to start sweating as we would freeze when we stopped for a break. The decent down to Cockit Hill was in the teeth of a biting wind and we stopped at the bottom for a brew and we decided that it would be prudent to shorten our route by leaving out the climb of Mynydd Troed.
Once we got moving again and out of the wind we warmed up fast, helped by the steep rocky climb back on to the top of Mynydd Llangorse, Cynthia had the bit between her teeth and shot up the hill leaving the rest of us to follow in her wake. It was just too cold to stop for lunch and ate on the move, pausing only to take pictures of a very steel grey Llangorse lake.
The view over Llangorse Lake
We were back at the car by 2.30pm after 4 hours of great walking with tremendous views of the Brecon Beacons and only the wild Welsh Mountain ponies for company. Back in plenty of time for a hot bath and a slap up Gliffaes tea by the fire.
Susie and I are leading another walk this weekend (Saturday 4th December) do please call me if you would like to join in.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.