I went for a very exciting walk yesterday, a circular from Gregynog. The low early morning sunshine was beaming down on the front of the hall making it look even more beautiful. I visited the water garden first on my way to the footpath and then although a bit muddy, slippery and boggy I made my way across the fields and came across a couple a men working very hard renewing a foot bridge over Iethon brook. A brilliant job! Thank you Powys County Council. One of the men, as it turns out, owns Dolgadfan Farm campsite near Llanbrynmair and I shall be doing some guided walks for his campers so I’m looking forward to doing a recce in that area soon.
Then through a farm where I encountered 5 friendly dogs (who I was introduced to by name – I hope they will remember me but I’m not the best with names) and 2 friendly farmers who apologised for the mud. No apology needed, it’s the nature of the beast at this time of year. I love old green lanes and there were three stretches on this walk. There is something very nostalgic and magical about them. I soon reached the tarmaced lane that would take me up to the Fachwen Pool, passing an intriguing crop of trees on a mound - on the OS map it looks like it is Black Well (Chalybeate). I’ve looked up what chalybeate means - mineral spring containing salts of iron. I had my coffee stop at the pool. Such a picturesque location and always seems a sheltered spot. From here I took the Severn Way northward to head back round to Gregynog. The views from the Severn way were absolutely fantastic, looking towards Glog at Devil’s Elbow and up the Severn Valley towards Llandinam.
To avoid the Bwlch-y-ffridd road I joined a bridle way NE that goes across Blackhouse common where I came across an engineering master piece in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of Mid Wales – see photos. I love a bit of old machinery and the workmanship in this piece was amazing. I don’t know what its purpose would have been but I wonder when it was used last. At the end of the bridleway - views right over to The Callow near Marton and Corndon Hill. A footpath then goes into The Warren in the grounds of Gregynog and the hall soon comes in to sight.
It was certainly an undulating walk and packed full of interesting places – green lanes, beautiful little gullies, superb views and varied scenery. Enjoy my photos.