Winter Walking at Gliffaes

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.