Whisky and walking!
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....