Seven of us set off on what looks like being the H-C’s biennial Lingen Loop walk. With some concern I was reminded that we lead this walk in 2008, 2011, 2013 and now 2015! Shows lack of originality on our part, or, more accurately, the only walk I can remember easily when doing a recce for new walks proves difficult.
However every time you do a walk it is a bit different and that proved to be the case this time. We were very lucky with the weather. Raining in Bucknell when we assembled at the lych-gate, sunshine at Lingen when we set off at 9.25am. And it stayed that way. We stopped, as usual, to talk to the pigs, tossed them a few windfalls from the tree by their enclosure and admired the two rings that the boar has in his nose – very trendy.
Really cold along this stretch of path
Looking north along the Claerwen Reservoir
Coming into the sun at last
Anyway, we carried on alongside the reservoir only to be forced to take to the side of the track to allow about a dozen off road motor cyclists to speed past us. We rounded a second corner and here it was - our climb up onto the top. We had come 2 miles already as we began to climb the western side of Cloddau. After a short distance we sheltered for a quick coffee break.
Climbing up the side of Cloddau
Tussocks looking just like hedgehogs
Near the top of Craig Dyfnant
looking back the way we came...
...and a panorama looking towards the east
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Our path took us round Craig Dyfnant, and near to Cae Blaemethan we turned south in an attempt to intersect our original planned route. Luckily the wind was still behind us and so we kept warm enough. Ahead we could see quadbike tracks which occasionally made walking a bit easier, but for the most part it was back to tussock hopping.- with the occasional stop and regroup when either Sue or Geri let out an "Ooof" or a squeak as they slipped over. It was by no means easy walking at all.
From near Cefn Cmw-coel looking down onto Garreg Ddu dam
The final stretch