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Turned out nice again …

The fairy Door on the top of Gaer Fawr

The fairy Door on the top of Gaer Fawr

Christmas detox – don’t they come round quickly – only seemed five minutes since we were here last year. Ice and fog greeted us this morning, rather than floods and mud as of last year, as seven of us set out from The Oak across the Guilsfield Brook by the Scout Hut and then to Sarn Meadow and up Gwreiddyn Lane towards Gaer Fawr.  Very gloomy and icy in the lane but when we got through the bottom gate the going was fine – all frozen.  This is the steep start to the walk and some of us were feeling the effects of the turkey, pud and booze of the last few days – we couldn’t say we were stopping to admire the view as there wasn’t any: but we crested to ridge and made it over to the pig. A bouquet was draped across the back of the pig and a few daffodils tastefully placed by the Fairy Door – now complete with F. Christmas and a tiny assistant. Down through the ring ditches and out onto Gwreiddyn Lane again, lots of frozen bits in the lane led us up past Pump House to the left turn heading west. The fog was  lifting now with the sun showing weakly through the gloom. A field on the right appeared through the rising mist to show a wonderful flock of  Zwartble sheep – very tall, elegant and almost black: very nice to see.

We turned off the tarmac at The Lane and joined the wide farm tracks across to Trawscoed-hen Farm.  The frost and fog were easing now and the grassy track down to the woods was very wet underfoot but it was all downhill from now to the village with glimpses of sunshine. Back along the Arddleen Road to the warm welcome of Jean at Sŵn y Nant who was ready with the mulled wine, punch and many other delicious goodies.

So ended another year of The Guilsfield Hill Walkers – next year is on the stocks and ready to go – visit the 2017 programme, link on the left of the screen, this will be regularly updated as details come in – please log in to see what is happening or changing.  Pics in the gallery. Very many thanks to all our leaders, drivers and walkers: see you and many others in the New Year. minibootprint