#101 – Arenig Fawr – A Welsh mountain gem

Arenig Fawr on the right, with the ridge of Craig y Hyrddod on the left

I’ve spent most of my mountaineering life not knowing a thing about the Arenig hills of North Wales.  That’s probably not unusual for those who only visit the Welsh hills a couple of times a year, and are then seduced by bigger, better known and more accessible hills.  Then the Discovery Walking Guides project came along and nudged me towards these less familiar hills – we now live about forty miles from them.

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#100 – What we did on our holidays

On our holidays last year – The camper parked up in North Wales

Typical isn’t it – you wait a year for a trip away in the camper, then two arrive at once! (For non-UK readers, that is an example of British humour at its best!)  We’ve hardly used the camper this year due to a combination of moving house and also having the worst weather this summer since, err… last summer?!

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#99 – The ancient forts of the Clwydian Hills

Moel Arthur hillfort, seen from the south – © Bryan Pready

After dawdling round Dorset and swanning around Swanage it was time to return to the hills in my own backyard.  Although we have explored our own local hills of Moel Hirraddug ( post #73) and Craig Fawr (post #82) at the northern end of the Clwydian Hills, and had also walked out over Moel Famau at the southern end of the range (post #79), there was still a lot to look at in between.  My sights were on the Iron Age hillforts of Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau.

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#98 – Walking the Jurassic Coast

Golden Cap above the Anchor Inn at Seatown, Dorset

I should make something quite clear.  I prefer to walk mountains, moors and high places.  Ok, so I sometimes I walk the dog on one of our local beaches, but I’m not a beach walker – I want ups and downs, and views that change with almost every step, things that you don’t get walking a beach.  Mind you, anyone familiar with the coastline of the UK will tell you that you are often in for a surprise if you go expecting a flat, easy beach walk.

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#97 – “Yomping” over Dartmoor with the Royal Marine Commandos

Dartmoor – on a good day!

 When I first became interested in the outdoors as a teenager, I had no interest whatsoever in walking on Dartmoor – Living in Lancashire meant that we had plenty of our own moorland, and the mountains of the Lake District were just over an hour away.  In fact it took about as long to drive to Dartmoor as it did to the Scottish Highlands.  Why would I want to go to Dartmoor?

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#96 – A romp in the Rhinogs (Day 2)

Rhinog Fawr (left) and Rhinog Fach, seen from the Cwm Nantcol road

In the UK, the summer of 2012 has been largely regarded as one of the wettest in recorded meteorological history, with a month’s rain falling on one single July day.  This hasn’t been reflected in the photographs of my hill-walking days, probably because I’ve finally learned enough sense not to go out when it’s raining!  However, the light has often been dull, with mist on the tops, not very interesting for photography.  So, I couldn’t believe my luck when two days after our misty day on Rhinog Fawr, the forecast was for sun – my rucksack was packed in minutes!

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#95 – A romp in the Rhinogs (Day 1)

Setting out in the sunshine from Cwm Buchan

The hills and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park are one of the main attractions of North Wales, bringing in visitors from all over the UK and even further afield.  Top of most walkers tick list is the peak of ‘Snowdon’ itself (Yr Wyddfa), the highest mountain in Wales, and higher than anything in England as well (See posts #86 and #39).  However, popularity means busy, and Yr Wyddfa is not the place to go to for peace and solitude.  For that, you need to visit the Rhinog Hills.

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