Today’s walk was based on Pumpsaint better known for its connection to the Dolaucothi gold mines.
We had bee promised that most of this walk would be new to us despite having walked in the area on a number of occasions. We would see.
Immediately after parking the car we set off in a direction that I had not been before and so the “Navigator’s” pronouncement was proving correct.
In Wales it is frequently the case that farms carry the same name but distinguished by the suffix lower (isel,) middle (ganol) or higher (uchaf). Someone’s knowledge of geography had however gone awry as Penarth Uchaf was at the bottom of the hill and Penarth Isel was at the top! perhaps it was done to confuse the Romans.
Although the weather was dry the clouds were low and not the best for photos of the landscape and hence none in this blogg.
Near Froodvale Farm we headed east to cross the A482 and onto the village of Caio. From here the route was north west to overlook the old gold mines and then into the grounds of the Dolaucothi Estate.
We did try to follow a signed public footpath across a field but there was no exit and we retraced our steps to head north and uphill to the spot height of 283.
This would have been a good viewpoint of the surrounding countryside but the misty weather thought otherwise.
Our route back to the car was through a woodland. The “Navigator” had been correct as the only part of this walk I had done before was that part within the estate.