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18 Feb 2008

Hike Two, hot, sweaty but not muddy.

Llyn Crafnant mosiac

Yesterday was another glorious day in the world of hiking, I know its annoying to those of you surrounded by snow (haha). It was actually icy, but the sunshine took away the chill factor and well to be honest, the hiking gear and thermal undies helped too.
I have not been to Wales since we attempted this walk the first time round last year and I am definitely heading back to this corner of the world soon. The walk was from Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Bychan to Llyn Crafnant. I cant pronounce it (its Welsh) without sounding like a Klingon.
To start the walk you have to find the car park which in itself was tricky and you have to force others drivers to reverse around corners in order to let you pass. Once at the car park, we discovered it was deserted, not many brave folks out today.
If you look at the mosaic above you should see a building, that was part of a disused mine which you will see in the video below. It says 'keep out', but of course I ignored that. It was a lovely spot to start the walk. The video is not the best quality and due to my naturally clumsy nature its not safe for me to walk and hold camera for any length of time. Hopefully you get an idea of the lovely scenery that we walked through.
The walk was 9.5 miles / 15.4 km graded as Moderate. The ascent was 1900 feet / 576 metres, but we may of added on a wee bit too that (due to incompetent map reading, again).
Although the hike was beautiful, it was not complete success as yet again the damn five bar gate alluded us twice! this happened last year too. It is mentioned in the directions, but we have never spotted the ruddy thing, so therefore must not have completely gone the right way again. That means we will be going back again to conquer it once and for all.

Notice in the title it says 'hot,sweaty but not muddy' this is in fact a lie. I was a bit muddy but I did not fall on my arse this time.

video

Click the link below to see the rest of the hikes photos over on my flickr page.

17 comments:

  1. Watching that video makes it much easier to see why you love hiking so much. Beautiful scenery!

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  2. Plummeting to your death? I bet you're just saying that ;)

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  3. inspiring me - looking forward to getting back to the great outdoors.

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  4. Claire awesome photos & film, so glad you didn't fall on your ares or plummet to your death! That area is so rocky just like here. Thanks for taking me on your hike!!

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  5. Beautiful pictures. Makes me feel as though I was there.

    Ellen
    www.ellens-treasures.blogspot.com

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  6. Stunning pictures - haven't been to Wales for ages, you've reminded me what I'm missing. Very envious!

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  7. You are so clever, working it in as a MM post, too!
    Such beautiful countryside, with a beautiful hiker!

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  8. Great pictures, loved them all, and the vid was nice too, I totally heart that song, can remember who does it though..

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  9. Great MM Post! Remarkable video. You may inspire me to start walking more here in my urban jungle...

    I struggled with this week's MM meme. Come visit if you have time or inclination.

    peace, Villager

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  10. As always I am stunned by the sheer beauty of the places you have hiked. Welsh is not meant to be pronounced ... tongues are shaped in that direction. Whoever heard of putting t h l as a beginning sylable.

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  11. You most definitely have some beautiful scenery over there and I can see why you like hiking so much.

    Clever the way you worked this into your MM post for "two"!

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  12. Wow - what beautiful scenery! I too love to hike but unfortunately not been able to in a while. Thanks for sharing your adventures. With any luck, I'll be out there again soon.

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  13. I can only echo the above sentiments.

    Looks lovely there, my dear.

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  14. Don't hate me cause my photos are beautiful hahaha! Claire I love your photos they are supermegaawesome!! :D

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  15. Cool video & gorgeous pictures! I'm insanely jealous. :)

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  16. Beautiful pictures! It would be cool to visit the UK.

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