A circular walk in quiet mid-Wales hill country - July 2007
Llandegley Rocks Walks with a Camera
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No, it's not a description! As I drove to collect my companion for the walk, the BBC's "Today" programme was reviewing a play based on the last 10 years of politics - the expression "government rocks" had been used to describe Mr Blair's approach... I had noted Llandegley Rocks a couple of months previously, on a trip out to Rhayader to see the red kites. We had driven through Knighton and over the hills, and as we joined the A44 at Pen-y- bont, I glanced to the left, and wondered what that rugged and interesting-looking ridge might be. Hence today's trip - and yes, as we donned boots beside Llandegley's little church (of St. Tecla), a red kite wheeled overhead. We would see several more (or perhaps we would see the same one several times...) on this fine walk. Llandegley Rocks is the north-eastern extremity of a ridge which runs from near Llandrindod Wells, and marks the highest point, which isn't saying a lot at about 1430'. The 2000' plus bulk of
Radnor Forest looms just a mile or two to the east - but, despite its height, looks a lot less interesting. The village is about 800' above sea level, so we didn't have to exert much effort to reach the top. Here begins an interesting exercise in route-finding - these hills see few visitors, so there are no clear paths, though the general direction is pretty obvious. There aren't many waymarkers or public footpath signs either... We had begun the walk heading south-west; at Bwlch-llwyn Bank, a minor road crosses the ridge, and a clear track heads westwards towards Llandrindod. A small lake catches the light a mile or two away, more or less beside the path - scope for one or two photos perhaps. Eventually the track starts to descend, and our route turns to the north to drop down to the river Ithon and the delightfully-named "Shaky Bridge" (it's not very shaky now, but photos from the turn of the last century reveal an altogether less stable construction). Across the bridge is the little church at Cefnllys - which can only be visited by walking across the fields, there being no direct road access. The most interesting part of the walk is now over. The remainder was a pleasant stroll along very quiet lanes and field paths - more interesting navigational problems, and no shortage of mud on this beautiful dry, pleasantly warm and breezy day, a scarce commodity in this somewhat soggy summer (as I write this, the day after the walk, I hear yet another rumble of thunder - more rain to come...)
Llandegley's little church Starting to climb Lamb on the ridge Looking back to Llandegley Approaching the summit cairn Ridge view South-west - the ridge in prospect View to the west with bales Trig point and view to the Brecon Beacons Summit Cairn View to the east with pond A field day for mushrooms Sheep, Pawl-hir Looking back along the ridge Llandegley Rocks and Radnor Forest Pines on Pawl-hir Pool and pine Riders on the ridge Shaky Bridge St Michael's church at Cefnllys Back at Llandegley - the rain held off until we were in the car!

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