New Year Resolutions are always good fun. Every year I try to make a few. In years gone by I have often vowed to get out into the countryside more. After my adventures of 2017 I don’t think it will be feasible this year to spend even more days in the fresh air!
Six days of the New Year have already passed by without a ‘proper’ walk. A fine weather forecast tempted me away from decorating the front room. Mind you it was not difficult to tempt me out. I like the painting part of the decorating but the preparation part is definitely tedious.
This hill is one of the closest to home. An hour and a bit in the car delivers me to the foot of the mountain and there is a gentle walk up a rough road. In the early morning the shadows are long. It was a cold, bitter morning. I was well dressed for the cold. I had a spare hat, goggles, spare down jacket, but I forgot a spare pair of gloves. If I had lost my gloves for some reason, perhaps they might blow away in the strong wind, I would have had to descend quickly. It was definitely not the weather to be without gloves. Perhaps this is a New Year Resolution I should make – better planning.
As the mountain is ascended there are extensive views all around over the barren, empty countryside of central Wales.
The tops of these hills in winter are like a different country from the green valleys below. They capture the cold weather really well.
The rocks are all encrusted in snow / frozen rime. The white of the tops contrasts strongly with the deep brown and grey colours of the lower slopes
There are a couple of people in this shot to give you an idea of the scale of the ridge
Too soon the summit trig point is reached
I cannot believe that it was only two and half weeks ago I was enjoying the heat of a Southern Hemisphere summer. That really was a different country.
If it is not too late – HAPPY NEW YEAR