Cwm-Berwyn-Cambrian-MountainsSix of us plus 2 eager dogs set off on what must have been the best weather day I have personally known for a CMS walk. After a short time on country lanes, a footpath led us away from a farm up onto the moorland slopes below Craig y Fintan where we chose a sheltered spot for a quick coffee break that offered some fine views of the nearby craggy slopes (see above). Red had decided to lead us away from a large tract of Molinia bog below to instead access higher drier ground using a elevated sheep track that soon offered views towards our next destination, Carn Fawr (485m) its distant Carn-Fawr-Cambrian-Mountainscairn top visible from afar. Upon arrival and courtesy of the outstanding weather we enjoyed far reaching views of Cadair Idris to the N, the Black Mountain to the S and Drygarn Fawr to the E .

After descending from this wonderful high point we headed towards the next one of Bryn Rhudd along a forest track. We stopped along the way to listen to one of the the sounds of early summer courtesy of a Willow Warbler. Hopping over a fence we paused to ogle an Oak Egger caterpillar that Red had picked up before we began a sharp climb over rough ground passing “wild” horses, one of which was sufficiently tame to allow a close encounter and enjoyed a nose rub. As we reached the Bronze Age cairns of Bryn Rhudd (480m), several four spotted chasers buzzed by. Here, propped up against the stone wall of the cairn, we enjoyed our lunch with views of the distant coniferous forests of Bryn Du and Cwm Berwyn.

Nant-Carfan-Cambrian-MountainsSuitably refreshed we began the return route towards Drysgol with a rapid descent of the hillside pausing to watch a fantastic aerial duel between  two Buzzards and a Kestrel as the larger raptors tried in vain to force the Kestrel to presumably give up its prey; it was having none of their intimidatory tactics. Reaching the base of Bryn Rhyudd we traversed Nant Carfan to soon join a long stretch of picturesque woodland paths that offered some welcome shade. Water crowsfootHere, Water Crowfoot was seen flowering in the boggy mud patches, the smell of blossoming Hawthorn filled the air and an impressive row of Beech trees watched over some stone ruins.

The final section combining a green lane and a footpath through a field of wheat linked us back up to the mountain road out of Tregaron where the short walk back to our cars allowed a chance to enjoy the beautiful hedgerows brimming with bluebells, cow parsley, dog violet and pignut while Blackcap, Chiffchaf and Willow Warblers sung from the trees. A Cardiganshire ramble to definitely repeat in perfect conditions.

Neal

May walk Photo 4