A Grand Day Out – On Moel Famau

Gromit enjoying a patch of snow

When Barb made arrangements to go away for a short break with two of her long-standing friends, we thought it would be a good idea if I booked a day off work to go walking in Wales with Gromit, rather than leaving him on his own for a full day.

Initially I thought of attempting Snowdon, as I’ve never climbed to the summit in spite of having done a lot of climbing in the area in my youth. However, I decided that scaling Snowdon, without using the tourist route, may have required an overnight stay in the area, and I didn’t want to use up too much of my annual leave this early in the year.

I finally decided on a route a little nearer to home which was 10 miles long and took in the two Clwydian peaks of Foel Fenlli and Moel Famau. The route started at Loggerheads Country Park, looped around the back of Llanferres via several lanes and footpaths before crossing the A494 right next to the Druid Inn at Llanferres and climbing steadily up towards Foel Fenlli across several farm pastures. From Foel Fenlli the route descended to the car park at Bwlch Penbarra before immediately rising up to the peak of Moel Famau. From Moel Famau the walk descends around the back of a Forest plantation to Ffrith Farm and then crosses a river to take you  back onto the path back to Loggerheads. Full details available at: www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_a/1259/

We started and finished the walk in bright sunlight, although it became quite overcast and extremely windy whilst traversing the middle section of the walk up on the peaks. The directions I’d downloaded were fairly good, however, you have to keep your wits about you as I almost headed off in the wrong direction on a couple of occasions, and I think I may have taken a slightly different route from Llanferres to the top of Foel Fenlli than the suggested one, but overall most sections are well marked.

Whilst I ride my bike to work each day on a round journey of 20 miles, and walk Gromit a couple of miles a day, it can still surprise you when you use some muscle groups that haven’t been exercised for some time and I really started to feel the strain in my thighs on the final descent, and for several days after, however, I really enjoyed being out in the mountains again and I’m pretty sure Gromit thoroughly enjoyed the experience too, especially when he found a few temporary playmates at the top of Moel Famau.

 

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