#85 – “Wonderful waterfall” – Pistyll Rhaeadr.

Pistyll Rhaeadr, one of the “Seven Wonders of Wales”

Why is the number Seven so significant?  Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, Seven virtues, Seven Heavens, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (eh?!…)  Well OK, you probably get the picture….

In Wales it is said that there are Seven Wonders, listed as –

 “Pistyll Rhaeadr and Wrexham steeple, Snowdon’s mountain without its people,

Overton yew trees, St Winefride’s well, Llangollen bridge and Gresford bells.”

A couple of years back we took a look at number one on the list, the waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr.

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#84 – Bidean nam Bian, the hidden giant of Glencoe

The view up the ‘Lost Valley’ in Glencoe

As you drive down Glencoe towards Loch Achtriochtan, you can’t help but notice the impressive rock architecture rising above you on both sides. To the north lies the airy ridge of the Aonach Eagach (see post #52) and opposite lie the Three Sisters. It’s clear that these are big hills but the one that you will not see is hidden from view by its neighbours – Bidean nam Bian, the highest peak in the old county of Argyll at 1,150 metres (3,773ft).

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#83 – “One Man and his Dog” on Heather Terrace, Tryfan

Tryfan in ‘moody’ light conditions

Some hills get attention just because they are above a certain height.  The Munros  in Scotland (mountains over 3000 ft in height) started the trend in the UK, and the Welsh and English Munros, although fewer in number, are equally popular with British walkers and mountaineers.

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#82 – This blog has been hijacked!! (Woof!)

Well, there nearly wasn’t a blog this week – ‘The Boss’ and ‘Mrs Boss’ have moved house to Wales, and you wouldn’t believe the mess that the new place is in!!  How do you humans accumulate so much stuff?!  Instead of heading off to the hills or writing the blog, they are both unpacking loads of cardboard boxes, so this week I’ve hijacked the blog.

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#81 – The quiet hills of the Llŷn Peninsula

Gyrn Goch (left) and Gyrn Ddu, seen from Trefor

I don’t usually do requests in this blog, mainly for the reason that I don’t get many requests!  In post #76 I wrote about the processes I go through writing walking routes for websites.  I had a bit of fun adding some archive photos, and inadvertently started a mini ‘Spot the location’ competition!  Fellow outdoor blogger ‘Mountain Coward’ asked for a bit more info on one of the pics, and how could I refuse – So, here’s a Welsh walk that Chris and I did in October 2010.

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#80 – Sunny day on the Langdale Pikes

The Langdale Pikes, seen from Elterwater

It’s never happened to me before.  I went into the Hiker’s Bar of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Langdale on a Sunday afternoon, and it was empty!  Not a case of alien abduction though, as dozens of customers were sat in the garden area enjoying a rarity in Langdale – a hot, sunny afternoon.  The pub, known as “The ODG” to thousands of walkers and climbers, is an institution, and makes a perfect end to a good day in the hills.  Which is why we were there.

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#79 – The Clwydian Hills (Bryniau Clwyd) – Gateway to North Wales

The summit of Moel Famau

Those of you who have read #73 will remember that Chris and I have recently bought a house in the Clwydian Hills in North Wales, but on our recent trips over there we’ve been ‘flat-packing’  instead of ‘back-packing’  – IKEA has a lot to answer for!  When the recent spell of good weather arrived it didn’t take much to find an excuse to escape, and as we will soon be living amongst the Bryniau Clwyd it seemed a good idea to keep it local.

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