Unfortunately for various different reasons three people had to pull out of this event at the last minute.Others who weren't prepared to drive the extra mile(s) missed out on a fabulous day, with fabulous weather at this fabulous place--so FAB, FAB, FAB.
I (Al) had met up with Sandy to do a reccie a few weeks before and can confirm all of the above.
Sandy was leading her first walk for us and I was told afterwards (as sadly, I was one who had fallen by the wayside)that she had done a fantastic job --never in doubt of course!!!--and everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the day with one person driving all the way from Leicester to take in the Elan valley experience.
And so it came to pass that four people and one dog assembled for this glorious sunny Elan Valley walk.Everyone decided to do the linear 10mile walk being blessed with such a nice day. We started from the visitor centre and made our way over the bridge and up the side of the dam, then followed the track beside Caban coch through woods until we came to Nant y Gro Dam which played an important part in the most famous attacks of the second world war, the Dambusters Raid.
We then had a long climb to the top of the hill but the views were spectacular with the sun shimmering on the water. After a short break and picture session at the top the walk we continued, by taking the track down across river and deciding to go the top side of the trees through the fields where we stopped for lunch.
The walk continued on and we eventually came to Nantgwyllt church.
We had a quick conflab to see if we all had the energy to continue around the next dam, Carreg Ddu. We all decided to carry on along forestry tracks,woods,fields and bogs before eventually arriving at the bottom of Pen y Garreg dam and car park where we piled into my car and and returned to the visitor centre tired but very happy.
Many thanks to Sandy for going alone on this one.I do try and attend to show support, especially for new walk leaders but Sandy is obviously so experienced and did a great job.
Thanks too for the fabulous photo's she took and for the other people who came and supported Sandy and this wonderful event.I must say I was green with envy at home having had to miss this one. Al