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A good day in Cwm Clettwr

Another good Annie-walk starting from Tre’r-ddôl, up Cwm Clettwr to the misty tops and back down with a sighting of otters: not to mention plenty of new-born lambs and tiny Welsh Black calves.

We welcomed Annie’s young friends – Kay and Matt – who joined us for the day and Yvonne joined us at Tre’r-ddôl making eight in all. Started walking at 9.30 up a good sunken lane heading generally east passing through some stunning oak woodland coming out on upland grazing with sheep and beef and fine views back towards Aberdyfi. (Not a pedalo in sight!) In bright and warm sunshine we continued east on a fine track with the vast empty hills of northern Ceredigion in front of us. This is a fabulous area and you can have it to yourself at any time of the year. It’s not amazingly high – 400 – 500 M – but a great empty landscape. Len the bird man spotted the first wheatear of the year plus a beautifully singing skylark.

We clambered over a seriously locked gate to face the leaping from rock to rock of the river crossing: most of us got to the other side  reasonably dry. Here we veered north and then north west onto the open hillside and scrambled up onto the ridge and by now the cloud was coming down as was the temperature.  Lunch was declared at the ‘armchairs’ – two arrangements of slabby rocks to make some rather comfy chairs for Kay and Matt. (Pics in the gallery) These are just to the west of Foel Goch on Carn Wen.

From here on it was generally down hill and back into Cwm Clettwr.  This is a nature reserve managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (Link) and is rich with wild flowers –  violets, wood sorrel, primroses, one or two bluebells just starting to show, wild strawberries in bloom, winter aconite and all sorts of wildlife – worth a visit on its own just to spt the otters – well done Len.  It was then back down the sunken lane and to the cars at Tre’r-ddôl.

As our route home passed the Dyfi Osprey Project we had to stop and have a good look at Glesni and Monty and all the other delights of The Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, including the Osprey Cafe. Do follow the link to the Live Streaming and  watch, in glorious HD with stereo sound, all the goings on at the Osprey nest.  So a bit of a late depart but a very good day all round.

Thanks to all who came and all who drove.  Pics in the gallery