Today, we trekked the Sirhowy Valley Walk from Manmoel to Ynysddu. Our friend, Gilles, bravely accompanied us through a day filled with sun and showers, barbed wire and bluebells.
From CC26, we walked south for about 3.5 km along what we agreed was an entirely missable section of the SVW. Mostly dull, paved paths, we went past industrial and business park buildings and had very little in the way of scenery. It might have been nice to stop at the mill outside Gelligroes, but it was getting on for time.
When we reached Wyllie, everything became better! We climbed the road uphill (which we're sure only felt steep after so long on the flat) and soon were back in the countryside. Ahh! We enjoyed this route down to Ynysddu, even though Elizabeth and Gilles were tired and footweary. (Does Simon ever wear out?!) We had good late evening views across and down the valley. The air was crisp and the sky, although grey and slightly soggy, withheld its rain. Parts of the path were muddy and slippery, but it felt good to walk on earth, and the springy, pine needled floor through the foresty bits was lovely.
Gilles located this final cache. He is now grasping the Force and needs only to grasp his own GPSr!
We continued through the forest until a path took us back down to Ynysddu's dismantled railway station at CC17. The evening was nearly all gone, and a horde of local young people had congregated under the railway bridge. They were quite raucous, and we were glad that there was a path that took us down from the platform without having to interrupt their soirée.
This final SVW cache was really nice! We enjoyed the walk from Wyllie to Ynysddu and don't think that there's anything unfair about placing a cache here.
Thank you for this Sirhowy Valley Walk subseries!