With The Navigator topping up his tan in some far flung land, Paul and I chose a walk from the recent Cicerone publication about walks in Carmarthenshire and headed for Llanboidy.
This was the first windscreen scraping day of winter with a heavy grass frost on the fields which disappeared as the day went on.
We parked in the public car park (free) in the village close to the long closed Maesgwynne Arms and headed across the fields to start our walk. There is an interesting story of W R H Powell who owned the Maesgwynne Estate – read the link.
Llanboidy village and Maesgwynne Arms
We joined a quiet lane which double backed on our outward journey and then south along a footpath leading to a ford at Felin Isaf, a remote property which we imagined would be somewhat cold and damp in this weather without a roaring fire.
We stopped near here for a coffee before heading uphill on a leaf strewn path to Dyffryn Marlais and came across a small herd of bullocks up to their knees munching on fresh hay. They seemed contented.
Another lane walk took us west and then north to Crosshands where we joined another footpath, part of the Landsker Trail, back to Llanboidy. On this part of the walk we came across a crop of miscanthus and a small woodland which seemed to be some kind of memorial gardens.
I had arranged to see my grandson play tag rugby at Gowerton Rugby Club on Sunday (he scored a try) and decided to take the bike along and have a ride down to Swansea Bay after.
The route follows NCN 4 and is traffic free. With the fine weather the route along the Bay to Verdis Cafe was busy with walkers, runners and cyclists.
I extended the ride a little by cycling on to Bracelet Bay before returning to Gowerton.
it was good to be out as the weather has been bike unfriendly for some time.
Following a spell of grim weather our little group were feeling the effect of cabin fever and despite a poor forecast for Monday a walk was on. The destination being the Gwaun Valley.
Mrs Navigator took the sensible option and stayed home whilst The Navigator, Paul, Chris, Daisy the Dog and I hoped for the best.
It did not start well for me as my usual organisational skills were found wanting when I found that my boots had been forgotten. I had to make do with the old, tread-less trainers I was wearing, I was going to get wet feet that was guaranteed.
The walk started on a good woodland track and IF there had been some sunshine it would have shown off its autumn colours. We stopped for a coffee above the Afon Gwaun before heading away from the river heading east and then south to Tregynon and more woodlands.
Waterfall near Tregynon
Near Llanerch we joined a minor road passing Pwll y Broga and then near Banc y Rhyd cutting down to again follow a woodland path to Llanerch and the minor road back to the car.
An outdoor kitchen for a local primary school
We passed the famous Gwaun Valley pub, the Dyffryn Arms but known far and wide as Bessies where beer is still served from a jug.
Despite the drizzle, overcast day and my very wet feet it was good to be out.