Today, we took on the Raven Walk challenge! We left the Cwmcarn Visitor Centre at 10.00 and found this second Raven cache at 12.30.
From the first Raven post, we walked westward along the common. This was a lovely section of the route: level ground and fantastic views to Pen y Fan in the north and over Caerphilly to Cefn Eglwysilan in the west. In one field, we passed by a clay pigeon launcher, but there was no one around to offer us a go at shooting.
We were disappointed to find St. Tudur's closed, especially as the wind was blowing ferociously. It took us some time to find the gravestone at VC1, but we think we were making it more difficult than it was. As we continued down the road, we regarded the Norman motte with interest. The Raven Walk booklet suggests that a signal tower was built here that, with another on Twmbarlwm, formed part of a signal chain reaching as far as the Brecon Beacons and across the Bristol Channel. (How cool! )
An easy jaunt took us down the sheepy hill to the empty reservoir (or is that "reservoid"?). Unfortunately, we saw no hedgehogs. It was just as well, as our lunch, which we stopped to eat here, included no tins of cat food.
We spotted the cache straight away and left a (rather tricky) ball bearing puzzle.
Thanks for the second cache of this energetic subseries!