Monday, 8 September 2014

A six mile walk around Trawsfynydd 'walking in Roman footsteps'

Walk 12 from David Perrott's walking around Porthmadoc and Blanau FFestiniog
The day started cold and misty but by the time we were in the car and heading towards Porthmadoc the sun was starting to get through, just nine miles through Porthmadoc we found our parking place and no other cars. I looked at the notice on the pole, some paths closed for work on the pylons, their map differed to ours so off we went. The first bit through the woods was difficult to follow, obviously not a well used path. Soon we were out of the woods and picked up the path to the starting point for the short walk. Now we new where we were and also where we were going, the views opening up before us, Hills, dams, radio mast, Amphitheatre, Disused quarries & railways, lakes and Roman Roads, The highlight to come at the end of the walk with the Hill Fort. Every where we looked they were working on the pylons renewing the cables. After our first hour we came to the abandoned farm and waterfall, this was our change of direction along an old Roman Road, after a while we stopped for lunch sitting looking down over the Lake. Refreshed we carried on to find the path rerouted around a farm and cattle in the field, Sue armed herself with here walking pole and off we went. This diversion took us to our next change of direction, here we missed the path, John's fault but we ended in the right place at the Roman parade ground. Here we could clearly see the Roman Fort or as some would say small hillock. We decided to take the diversion for a quick look, when we got there I went up Sue decided to stay down. Good views all round. Now our walk was more or less over we just had to get back to the car about half a mile, the workers gone from the pylons. After a slight mishap in the woods again we found our way with John's gizmo and were glad to see the car. Off we went homewards and called at the Oakley Arms Hotel for a pint en-route.

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