Dinefwr Ramblers

Carmarthenshire

Cidwely 20 June 2018

We arrived at Llandeilo car park in heavy drizzle half an hour early. The five of us sat waiting, cooped up and steaming wondering if anyone would be mad enough to venture out on such a day. Surprisingly a few cars did arrive and at the appointed time we left for the final rendezvous. Others were there too, and by now the weather was improving with only a light drizzle - which still required the adornment of waterproofs. Altogether we were fourteen plus two dogs.

After about a mile of gradual climb through a magnificent tunnel with a trickling stream and dense vegetation, the highest point was reached. The path opened out to give us superb panoramic views. The drizzle was gone, and it was turning into a respectable walking day.

spider web

We had however picked up another group member of the four-legged variety who then remained with us for most of the walk. After crossing a dangerous road, we decided we could not let him return and so kept him on a lead. We called the owner (fortunately the dog had a collar with details) who met us toward the end of the walk and took him home. 

En-route we passed by Maes Gwenllian, where in 1136 our Princess who led her army, was brutally beheaded in the field by the Norman invaders, following her defeat in battle. The memorial, a few hundred meters beyond the evil castle gatehouse (photo) is a sanguinary reminder, but is now a peaceful place of reflection.

Thanks to Alcwyn and Wendy for planning yet another walk of variety and interest, and to Linda for her excellent leadership on the day. A special thank you is also due for diligence of this team during the recce to clearing sections of the path of the dense vegetation - which would otherwise have been impassable.
Mike.

Monday, January 21, 2019