After all the frustrations of the recce the new cobbled together route turned out to be very pleasant indeed, and the weather turned out to be “Goldilocks” – not too hot and not too cold, just right. Four of us left The Oak at 8.00 and we were walking just after 9.00.
The start from Llandrillo is great – free car park and very tidy loos – and just a walk across the road and you’re onto the footpaths. The route heads south from the village gently up through the woods of Cefn Pen-llety then east-ish until you break out onto the open hillside of the western slopes of the Berwyns. The track now turns north up the fence line and then east to near the low summit of Trum y Wern and the gate in the fence – (548m). This is not high but the views are very good, across the valley all the way into Snowdonia and everything in-between. A bit of downhill now, north west to that well known place – Sheepfold – on the Taith Tegid – the Tegid Way, for elevenses. The Tegid way runs 18 miles from Cynwyd, near Corwen, to Bala. To the east of the path on the way down is a Cairn Circle: we should have gone and had a look at it because it’s quite impressive.
The route follows the Tegid Way generally east-ish on good tracks up to Pont Rhyd-yr-hŷdd. From here the route turns back on itself across a good grassy path down to a very suitable lunch stop at the first fence – complete with gurgling stream, comfy rocks and shady bits if required. The next few miles follow the north bank of the Afon Llynor on good forestry tracks with open woodlands and hundreds of pheasants. The last mile or so back into Llandrillo is on farmland footpaths and stiles of some awkwardness, but it resolves itself into a steep lane back down into the village. About 8 miles of loveliness. Thanks to all who came and all who drove.