Chester – Delamere Forest – Guilden Sutton

My son and partner live just outside Chester and luckily my brother-in-law Andy also lives in Chester.

The main purpose of my visit was to carry out gardening work at my son`s but I had time off for good behaviour and Saturday was pencilled in for a bike ride with Andy.

The plan was to cycle on the Chester Greenway and then on route NCN 70 to Delamere Forest and find our way back again on NCN70 and 71 to Guilden Sutton.


The weather was cooler than late with just a hint of rain but ideal for cycling.

The Chester Greenway is traffic free and built on a disused railway. We headed east but he way west takes you to the Wirral all on traffic free trails.

Once off the Greenway we cycled on mainly country roads with little traffic. Anyone thinking that Cheshire is flat well think again. There were some hilly bits with a couple of 10% inclines. I did walk for one short stretch.

Morning coffee (no cake) was taken at the cafe at Manley Mere and then lunch at the cafe in Delamere Forest (no cake). Not by design but we took a forest trail which coincided with a race celebrating the Sandstone Trail and it was very busy.


They breed them big here


No cake


After lunch we took another forest trail around Blakemere Moss a shallow lake teeming with wildlife.
Blakemere Moss


Segway riding
Back on the roads we cycled through some lovely Cheshire countryside and villages back to my sons home in Guilden Sutton, pretty well tired out.



It was to be just me and the “Navigator” for Monday`s walk as Mrs Navigator was staying home to nurse a raging toothache and to ensure the chimney sweep did a good job.

The decision on the destination had been suggested by me and a coastal walk to the Dale peninsula on the Pembrokeshire Coast was our objective.

It was yet another fine September day with mirror calm seas. The only black spot was the fact that we had to pay for parking – free from October to end of March.


We took a path heading to the neck of the peninsula across a second world war airfield to Hoopers Point to look across the empty expanse of Marloes Beach towards Skokholm Island. Not far from here we had our first coffee break.

Skokholm Island


Marloes Beach and Gateholm Island

Turning south we walked along the coastal path heading back to the car. Usually on our walks we see few people but today it was extremely busy with a number of walkers on a walking holiday taking advantage of a baggage transfer system.


The biggest group was a class of teenagers on a field trip possibly from the Dale Fort Centre.

As well as our lunch boxes we grazed on the abundance of blackberries.

There was also some interesting history connected with Dale as it was here that Henry Tudor and his followers landed.

No wonder he picked this lovely part of Wales.


Why travel to the Med.?


Irish Ferry

On entering Dale village we came across the sculpting work of Sean Kehoe




Foel Fraith and Area

Just to cause confusion the “navigator” who is just back from the Alps thought a Wednesday walk would be a good idea and his suggestion was a walk in the Foel Fraith area.


We parked at the lower car park on the road which leads from Llangadog to Brynamman. This road recently appeared on the ITV4 Bike Show as one of the best hills for cycling. Presumably for those with lungs and legs of steel.

We walked up into the quarry which is now part of an interpretative trail which explains the limestone industry. There is a link here, although the web site needs updating as the trail is now marked and in being.

Route of new limestone trail

Trail marker

We left the trail and headed for the waterfalls of the Afon Clydach which with the recent lack of rainfall was lacking in splendour.  We did however see a leylandi tree which appeared out of kilter with the landscape.

How did that tree get there?

The route continued to overlook the Tyle Garw and turned south to wander over the wilderness to disused quarry buildings where we had lunch.

A deep shake hole


The return journey headed over Cefn Carn Fadog, Foel Fraith and the unnamed top at the trig point at 616m before heading back down to the car.

Trig at unnamed summit

No idea

Carn on unnamed summit

Golden Secrets

I bought some time ago a guide to a number of cycle rides based at Llandovery and with a day spare I decided on the longest ride which is described as “Golden Secrets”


I parked the car by the bridge over the Afon Tywi and set off crossing Dolauhirion Bridge and thereafter followed the described route.

The weather was just right for cycling being not too hot or cold and little wind.





The route shows two steep areas but the first which leads to Bwlch y Rhiw was not too bad and I cycled the whole way rewarded with a lovely descent passing Cwrt Y Cadno and then the entrance to Dolaucothi Gold Mine.


I was hoping the next steep bit on the outskirts of Caio would be similar to the earlier one, but no, this was beyond my output and I walked slowly up pushing the bike and munched a banana at the top.

My friend tells a story about Caio when he was asked by a traveller if he knew the way to CA  10, When the traveller showed my bemused friend a map he realised it was Caio!

I had a short lunch stop in Porthyrhyd ouside the old post office. This Porthyrhyd sometimes gets muddled up with the other Porthyrhyd near my home and about 7 miles east of Carmarthen..

From here it was relatively flat with one steep descent back to the car.


Millennium Coast Path

Paul and I decided a ride on the Millennium Coast Path to include fried egg on toast at the Pavilion Cafe seemed a good idea.


We parked at the Wildlife Centre and cycled west passing the North Dock Discovery Centre and on to the Pavilion Cafe. However we had made good progress and cycled on to Burry Port and stopped here near the lighthouse.

Breakwater leading from lighthouse

There is a plaque here now reminding readers of the power station which once dominated the area and which I did vaguely remember.

We cycled back to the Pavilion and enjoyed double fried egg on toast and a warm drink.

My cycle computer turned 1000 miles on this trip which has taken me from Christmas 2012 to complete!


Lougher to Weobly Castle and Return

I was on grass cutting duty for my son today as he is a work slave trying to educate the youth of Swansea.

So as to make the best of the day I took my bike along with a plan to cycle from Lougher bridge and head out on the north coast of the Gower.


This was a new route for me and a recce for a possible overnight further into the Gower.

I was pleased to find a traffic free part of the route along the North Gower Way which led to the outskirts of Penclawdd.


Then at Crofty I took a minor road which took me alongside Llanrhidian Marshes, with warnings that high tides may flood the road and the danger of unexploded ordnance on the marsh!


On through Llanrhidian I then took the road to Weobly Castle, one I had not previously seen. I did not pay the fee but perhaps next time when I repeat the ride with Paul.  It looks like there may be fine views from the castle.

I retraced my ride back to the car.