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By crickhowelladventure, Mar 23 2017 07:16PM

Now I'm not suggesting that you practise these both at the same time! Yesterday I had a fabulous day with Brecon Beacons Tourism on a trip to learn about Legends of the West by Alan Bowring.


We started off with a tour around Penderyn Distillery (hence the whisky!) The first thing noticed is the smell! Rather nice and a bit heady first thing in the morning....


I've never been there before and the whole process was really interesting, not only the actual production but how the different casks affect the final taste...if you've never been, I can highly recomment it. Included in the price is a taster too! And I can definitely say with my hand on my heart that Penderyn Merlyn Welsh Cream Liqueur is far superiour to Baileys...just saying..


Anyway, with the boozy bit done, we started our walk. After looking around the church (which has a circular graveyard) opposite The Red Lion Inn, Penderyn (which serves real traditional ales and excellent food, we were told this, non sampled) , we walked to Moel Penderyn and then down to the Silica Mines. I've not explored this area much at all, so really enjoyed listening to Alan telling us about the mix of rocks and why they were, where they were. Pointing out the old walls which would have been erected as barriers, which we would have walked past as they are overgrown now and completely unrecognisable as anything except a hump!


We reached the entrance to the mine and crossed the river via the bridge to peek inside a large cave. Just below the bridge was a gorgeous waterfall. I couldn't find it on the map but it is was a lovely thing, especially after all the rain we've had recently.


After we walked to meet the bus, we dropped our rucksacks in it, as Alan had one more treat for us...to check the cave where Arthur's knights lay sleeping, where it is said, it is possible to hear them snore....




Penderyn Distillery..listening attentively, well it is whisky!
Penderyn Distillery..listening attentively, well it is whisky!
Ready for the off! After checking out the Red Lion Inn
Ready for the off! After checking out the Red Lion Inn
Views and mountain on the way to Moel Penderyn
Views and mountain on the way to Moel Penderyn
Entrance to the mine and cave..with a waterfall to boot!
Entrance to the mine and cave..with a waterfall to boot!
The rest of the group and the Legend himself, Alan!
The rest of the group and the Legend himself, Alan!

By crickhowelladventure, Mar 20 2017 05:05PM

I've not updated the blog for a wee while, regaling you with tales of our walks...but i'm slowly getting back into the groove.


So we went out last week, Wednesday it was, we had a bit of time constraints so weren't able to go too far, and decided to amble up along Talybont reservoir...we parked on the other side of the dam and went firstly along the Taff Trail and then meandered back down Brinmore Tramway. At one point we followed a guy on his Mountain bike as he shot off down another track...shall we go explore we asked? Why not, it was that kind of day...the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the feeling of the sun warm on our backs whilst we nibbled our sarnies, just made everything good in the world...it filled our souls right up, ready to face anything.


Since then of course, the weather has been..well, unpredictable...we've had allsorts thrown at us...wind, rain, cold...but with the daffodils appearing, we live in hope that the Spring and summer are not too far away..



medley of photo's...Robbie modeling the new Ruffwear harness!
medley of photo's...Robbie modeling the new Ruffwear harness!

By crickhowelladventure, Mar 12 2017 03:13PM

Apologies for not keeping the blog up to date!


There has been plenty going on since our last post....


New season stuff has come into store ready for Spring and Summer....someone just needs to tell the weather! Although as I'm writing this, it looks quite nice out there, especially as the forecast was for drizzle! We are now stocking Ruffwear for the hounds...brilliant stuff, our Robbie and Trish love it!


The Crickhowell Walking Festival has been and gone...again the weather made itself the talk of the week. It was raining for much of the week, but I don't think any of the walks were cancelled, they were modified to some degree depending on the wind and rain. The walkers who came seem to take it all in their stride though (excuse the pun!) and it certainly found out if anyone's kit was up to the job or not! And talking of the walkers, they did themselves proud and they were all ages!


Must also thank Sherpa Adventure Gear for their donation of the knitted hats for the walk leaders and their assistants....super warm and toasty in the dismal weather!


Must also thank Deuter and Scarpa for putting up the prizes and for running workshops for rucksacks and walking boots...any questions you had, they answered...well if it related to the aforementioned of course!! Winning lottery numbers may just be a bit too hard for them!


It will be time to start getting 2018 Walking Festival underway...no rest for the wicked!


In other news....


Off to Bhutan again this year...trekking this time, can't wait More on that closer to the time...


Still going out walking of course....went up the Allt yr Esgair the other week.....it is a beautiful place, exeptionally muddy, but the dogs loved it and the views and the light were amazing....



Walkers of all ages out enjoying themselves!
Walkers of all ages out enjoying themselves!
Deuter and Scarpa stand during the Walking Festival
Deuter and Scarpa stand during the Walking Festival
Another band of merry walkers...and leaders showing off their hats!
Another band of merry walkers...and leaders showing off their hats!
See...all weathers this week!
See...all weathers this week!
Ruffwear being beautifully modelled
Ruffwear being beautifully modelled

By crickhowelladventure, Jun 24 2016 02:20PM

To be honest we were looking forward to walking along the Cat's Back again...The view as you're walking along the spine towards the end drop is simply stunning...


However, the weather was against us and the forecast was for low clouds and rain, so we decided to go back to our old favourite...Gwryne Fawr Reservoir....if the weather was going to be nice, we may even get to Bal-Bach!!


We parked in Pont Cadwgan car park and then walked up the track which follows the old road passing the village which was built for the workers whilst the dam was being built. This leads up to the dam, which we couldn't see for ages!! Not because our eyesight's going, but the cloud was down so low!


We followed the path to just above the bothy and then took a 90 right, straight up to the ridge line, being careful not to tread on the Cotton weed, its so pretty....then we followed the ridge going in and out of the clouds as we did so.


As the cloud came back in, we decided not to go higher, but dropped down into the wood and followed the track back to the car park.


This is a great walk, and one which can be altered to a long walk or shorterm=, whichever takes your fancy! and we only saw another couple whilst we were out and lots of hill ponies and their foals....


It truly is good for the soul when out on the hills.....



Couldn't see a thing to start with...then the clouds slowy lifted
Couldn't see a thing to start with...then the clouds slowy lifted
The reservoir looking mysterious! Spot the trig and the lovely Cotton stuff
The reservoir looking mysterious! Spot the trig and the lovely Cotton stuff
Ponies and foal...the dam has an earie light, then into darkness
Ponies and foal...the dam has an earie light, then into darkness

By crickhowelladventure, Jun 7 2016 06:48PM

Last Wednesday I joined a GeoFest 2016 walk from Craig y nos Park, touching the Beacons Way, going towards Penwyllt, past the Cavers club then retracing our steps...


Well, the forecast wasn't too good, a grey day with showers, so I packed the rucksack with all the necessary stuff....waterproofs, hat, gloves, sarnies, fluid you know the usual....but as it happened, the weather was perfect! Not energy sapping meltingly hot..., but overcast at times, windy at times, but we still had our fair share of sunshine too! There was a mixed bag of people in the group, and that makes walks all the more interesting.


We were led by Dilys who was very knowledgeable and even led us to a very rare plant called, 'The Hairy Green Weed' not a very posh name...but very apt!


It was a great day, finished off with a slice of cake made specially by Dilys to celebrate the Beacons Way 10th year! It doesn't seem that long since there was talk of a long distance walk being created...here's to another 10 years!



Dilys talking about Adelina Patti...and the rest of us walkers!
Dilys talking about Adelina Patti...and the rest of us walkers!
Cavers club, cake and limestone...oh and a nice house on a hill!
Cavers club, cake and limestone...oh and a nice house on a hill!
The rare Hairy Green Weed!
The rare Hairy Green Weed!

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