Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Easter Saturday Hike

Easter Saturday and grandson Stuart was given the choice of a visit to the seaside or a hike up the local "mountain". He said that he had never been up a mountain so would like to do that.

This is a photographic record of our hike up Twm Barlwm, which is 419 metres above sea level. On a clear day you can see for miles in all directions. The estuary of the river Severn to the south and the North Devon coast across the water. To the north and east are Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Further north the Brecon Beacons can be seen and immediately below are the towns of Newport, Cwmbran and Risca.

Not quite the start as we had already walked uphill for about 1 km to reach this point where we turned off the road.

Lots of interesting things to see on the way

In the distance we can now see the summit, or pimple of Twm Barlwm

Grandma is getting left way behind, maybe just because I was stopping to take photos. lol

We reached the summit and sat right on top for a well deserved picnic lunch. The views from here are spectacular but unfortunately the air quality had been poor for a few days due to pollution so it was very misty

Plaque with details of the history of Twm Barlwm.

On top of the world. (well not quite)

Young calf ready for its lunch too.

Lambs having difficulty following after mum up the slope.

What an amazing tree, must be the result of years of coppicing in the past.

What a harsh warning!

We arrived home feeling very tired but we all enjoyed our day out and it is another experience to tick off Stuart's list of thing to do.

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