Welcome to two new walkers, namely Izzy and Jessica who along with six “regulars” set out at 7.30a.m. with no great hope of staying dry. Ex hurricane Bertha, the subject of dire warnings from the Met Office promised a real soaking. The rain stopped as we drove past Llanidloes and amazingly blue skies showed over Plynlimon, no-one could quite believe it.
Starting point for the walk was near the ruined Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida, burial place of Welsh Princes and the poet Dafydd ap Gwilym. A steady climb along a well marked track overlooking the Nant Egnant Gorge, a look back to view Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog) before fording the stream and continuing our climb to Llyn Egnant. Time for coffee and chat at the Dam. Ten minutes and the rain arrived to remind us that Bertha had a sting in her tail, short steep heather clad detour to the noted fishing lake of Llyn Bach with views over Graig Wen. On to metalled access track alongside Llyn Egnant with a steady pull up to the Ffair Rhos road. Just half a mile of road with superb views to the south over Llyn Hir and Graig Felen. Now, downhill to Llyn Teifi by another metalled track. Rain now rather heavy but undaunted, a short westerly diversion to a small unnamed lake that would on a better day provide a superb view towards Cwm Rhydol. Round the base of the dam for a yomp on blanket bog to view Llyn y Gorlan, from what should have been a magnificent viewpoint but still raining heavily. At this point, we turned for home cross country, a poorly marked walk on saturated ground down to Frongoch before traversing the bracken slope of Coed Troed y Rhiew. Back to cars , an enjoyable seven miles or so despite the weather.
Thanks to all who ventured out and all who drove.
Report by Len – who not only planned, recced (twice), led and drove. Above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks Len.