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Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

3 months ago
Ducks near Maes-llyn, Cors Caron
Just a short walk to stretch the legs on a Saturday afternoon. Starting from the old reserve car park, effectively a lay-by on the B4343, we followed the alignment of the abandoned Aberystwyth-Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen railway, which now serves as a long-distance cycle path. After passing the new-ish visitor centre, a small boardwalk circuit Photo leads into the bog and past some ponds, remnants from the times when peat was dug here Photo. A short branch leads to the massive...
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A quick stroll amongst the Teifi Pools

6 months ago
Craig Ddu Fach with two of the Teifi Pools
After a first week of the year which was a total wash-out, I wanted to get at least a short stroll in, so had an hour's ramble to west of Llyn Egnant Photo. A stiff northwesterly was chasing heavy rain clouds Photo, and the light was soon fading Photo. Not much of a walk, but at least out for a moment! You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link . Trip profile:...
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Ceredigion coast north of Llangrannog

6 months ago
Ceredigion coast path between Cwmtydu and Llangrannog
This is the most recent section of the Ceredigion Coast Path Photo, which makes it a continuous walk all the way from the Pembrokeshire border near Aberteifi/Cardigan to the Dyfi estuary. I started this walk at Cwmtydu, which is a bit off the beaten track but has ample space to leave a car. Cwmtydu lies in a breach in the coastal cliff formed by two streams merging just before they reach the beach, and so the walk starts with a steep climb Photo onto the cliff path...
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Reservoirs and poor judgement

6 months ago
Craig Goch reservoir
I hadn't quite appreciated just how much snow there was in the Elenydd after the heavy Easter snowfall. We had very little of it in the western foothills. Starting from the dam Photo of Craig Goch Photo, the topmost of the Cwm Elan reservoirs, I followed a track Photo up the side of Esgair Perfedd, originally aiming for the Roman camp and the waterfall next to the Rhaeadr mountain road. But I wasn't really prepared for serious snow, and when I encountered extended...
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An evening stroll in the Hafod estate

6 months ago
Afon Ystwyth from the Hafod viewpoint
The Hafod estate is located in the Ystwyth valley just upstream of Pont-rhyd-y-groes. It has a dense network of tracks and paths both on the valley bottom and on the steep flanks either side. Some of the landscape features originating from the time when the area was a landscaped country estate have been restored, but it all fits in nicely with the character of an upland river valley. I live nearby, and while the evenings are light I sometimes go for a short stroll in the Hafod estate after...
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Low cloud and a little snow on Pumlumon

6 months ago
Cloud front over Cwm Hengwm
A surprise sunny cold spell at the weekend between two miserable, murky November weeks gave an opportunity for a quick ascent of Pumlumon Fawr from Nant-y-Moch reservoir. As the camera battery was playing up, I had to resort to using the phone to take pictures - with reasonable results. Starting from the minor road running up the eastern shore of Nant-y-Moch reservoir, I took the hydro track to Llyn Llygad Rheidol, waded through the stream emerging from its overflow and made my way up...
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Strumbling about the north Pembrokeshire coast

8 months ago
Ynys Onnen and Ynys Meicel, Strumble Head
There were some doubts about the weather prospects for this bank holiday Saturday, but the Met Office produced excellent advice: go south rather than north, and stick to the coast, so Strumble Head it was. Despite the bank holiday, there was still plenty of parking space by the lighthouse when we arrived, and the weather was glorious. The route followed all the narrow inlets of Pembrokeshire's fractal coast Photo Photo, but we turned inland Photo at Carregwastad Point...
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Cwm Rheidol

9 months ago
Rheidol gorge
This walk was an out-and-back job into the Rheidol gorge and up to Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge, starting from the dam of Cwmrheidol hydro-electric power station. I'd planned to run the downhill leg as one of the excursions surrounding the 2015 Geograph conference at Aberystwyth and wanted to optimise the route for that walk, taking in the power station Photo, Rheidol falls Photo and fish ladder Photo, the Vale of Rheidol railway Photo, views into the Rheidol...
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Where does Aberystwyth's drinking water come from

14 months ago
Dam, Llyn Llygad Rheidol
For a gentle start to the season, I had a stroll up the service track Photo to Llyn Llygad Rheidol Photo from Nant-y-moch Photo. I knew that the beautiful glacial lake tucked away on the north side of Pumlumon Fawr Photo was part of Aberystwyth's drinking water supply, but I hadn't appreciated quite how important it is in this respect. During the walk, I had a rummage around the dam Photo Photo and spillway Photo Photo and on...
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Southampton's old town and cruise docks

22 months ago
Berth 101
The day after the Geograph conference 2014, fellow Geograph-er Basher Eyre took us on a guided tour Photo of Southampton's old town. Starting at the station, we walked past the Civic Centre Photo towards the town walls Photo. After seeing an interesting mural Photo summarising Southampton's history in Hamtun Street and hearing about Southampton's oldest church, St Michael's Photo, we saw a number of preserved buildings such as a mediaeval wine...
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The wrong side of the Nant-y-Factory from Glaspwll

22 months ago
Maesycoed Queen Raising Station
I had great plans for this Easter holiday walk: A farm track would take me up to the intake of the curiously named Nant-y-Factory (if one can trust the map in this respect), then find my way up to the top end of the Moel-y-Llyn forestry, round the four lakes around Angler's Retreat and finally back down the upper Cwm Llyfnant, with a waterfall thrown in for interest. It didn't quite work out. I didn't manage to set off until afternoon, then couldn't find anywhere to park without...
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The source grounds of the Afon Irfon

25 months ago
Moorland at the head of the Afon Irfon
14 Apr 2014 A walk to start the season, with relatively little ascent but some tough terrain. Starting from the Tregaron-Abergwesyn mountain road near the turn-off to Dolgoch hostel Photo, I took the forestry track onto Bryn Crwn Photo, gaining height over Nant-ystalwyn farmhouse at the bottom of Dyffryn Tywi Photo fairly quickly. The landmark waterfall Photo visible from the road is mostly above this track, with a few further cascades after passing the...
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Exploring the water mills of the Loxley valley

49 months ago
Black Lane near Olive rolling mill
A group of Geograph-ers met again the morning after the Geograph conference to walk the Loxley valley from Malin Bridge to Stacey Bank. Alan Murray-Rust had prepared a map and factsheet for each participant showing the locations of all the former mills along the way. Setting off from the tram stop, we soon left the road and followed a footpath along the river, seeing the sites of Wisewood Photo rolling mill and forge on the way. The rolling mill at Little Matlock Photo is...
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Along the Sheffield Tinsley Canal into Sheffield

49 months ago
The Straddle, Sheffield Canal Basin
On the Tue afternoon before the Geograph conference, a group of Geograph-ers met at Meadowall South / Tinsley tram stop for a walk along the canal to its terminus at Sheffield Canal Basin on the edge of the city centre. The walk passes a flight of locks at the Tinsley end Photo to take the canal up towards industrial Attercliffe Photo. The canal then runs in a fairly deep trench, with the tram and several foot and road bridges crossing it at considerable height...
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The lower Ystwyth gorge and Ysbyty Ystwyth

50 months ago
Ysbyty Ystwyth from the edge of Coed Craigyrogof
14 Jan 2012 From the little car park near the sawmill at the downstream end of the Ystwyth gorge, this walk leads steeply up through forest Photo on the southern side of the gorge, following forest tracks through Coed Craig-yr-Ogof Photo until open land is reached Photo and Ysbyty Ystwyth comes into sight Photo. After a pleasant descent with good views Photo of what once was the valley of the upper Teifi...
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Mermaid Quay and the Cardiff Bay Barrage

58 months ago
Sluice gates in Cardiff bay barrage
Left with a little time after an appointment in Cardiff, I had a stroll from the Wales Millennium Centre Photo down to Penarth Photo via the barrage Photo and back. Unfortunately the weather turned rather sour half way round, which explains the smudges on some of the photographs. Still, a worthwhile walk to see the bascule bridges Photo and locks Photo in operation and get some long-distance pictures of what is left of Cardiff docks Photo....
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Cyfartha mine and Clywedog gorge from Glaslyn

60 months ago
Upper Cwm Clywedog
I wish I'd done my research before going on this walk! Starting from the Dylife mountain road at the turn off for Glaslyn nature reserve, I walked past the lake Photo and into the Nant Ddu valley, where Cyfartha mine Photo, a 19th century underground mine is located. The spoil tips Photo and a few ruined buildings including a well preserved wheel pit Photo are obvious, but there is a lot more to see south of the stream apparently. Must go back soon!...
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Sarn Gynfelyn from Aberystwyth

63 months ago
Wallog and Sarn Gynfelyn
A stroll up the Ceredigion coast path from Aberystwyth Photo to Wallog Photo, about half way to Borth. At Wallog, a narrow spit of pebbles stretches out into the bay for several hundred metres Photo and extends further under water. It is a remnant of one of three glacial moraines in the northern half of Cardigan Bay. I had miscalculated the tide and arrived some time after low tide, but as the tide had been rather low on this day, the water had only just reached the...
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Geotrips - geographing expeditions put on the map

65 months ago
Field mouse at bay
I've been playing a bit with the Ordnance Survey's Open Space LinkExternal link mapping interface recently, which provides access to a variety of maps at different scales (including the OS flagship 1:25k scale mapping) and the ability to plot user-generated content on them. The result is Geotrips LinkExternal link , a map showing the trips Geographers have undertaken to get to those elusive green squares. For each trip, thumbnails and...
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A walk in the Hafod estate, Pont-rhyd-y-groes

65 months ago
Path in the Ystwyth gorge
Started from the main car park of Hafod estate near Cwmystwyth, following the blue and red waymarked paths into the Ystwyth gorge. There's a spectacular waterfall Photo in the Nant Peiran. A viewpoint on a retaining wall above the Ystwyth gives a good overview of the valley and the meandering river Photo. After crossing the Alpine bridge, the red track leads up to the southern boundary wall of the old estate Photo. From here I tried to find my way across open...
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