Monday, May 28, 2012
So today I reached my destination. Another spade-full of inner calm, another piece of our wonderful country visited, another charity helped along its way to do good things for others. Another dreamland fading as reality kicks back in.
Thank you to all of you who sponsored me to do this walk. Yes it was good for me, but I won't see a penny of the money. Your sponsorship kept me going when at times I though perhaps this was all bit of bloody mistake and surely there were better things to do with one's annual leave! And yes, there are moments like that! It also will help the young people that are assisted by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Along the way I met and chatted with someone who has in their family a person who might benefit from their work. If they do apply and their lives are changed even slightly for the better, then for me it has all been worth it.
Thanks to whoever controls the weather for their smiling, hot, sunny days for almost the whole of my hike, and for keeping me safe too. I think that person knows who I mean. And thanks for all the truly wonderful things I was privileged to see, touch, sniff, feel, witness, photograph and remember along the way.
These national trails are open and available for everyone all the time. It's amazing what's out there for free. I encourage you to go find out!
Best wishes to you all
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The hike today was a terrific high level walk along the Clwydian Range at about 400 - 500 m most of the day. At last a day truly away from pasture and arable farming. Terrific views from Snowdon in the west to Liverpool in the east. An undulating walk along heather moors for mile after mile. Lovely. And the sea is getting closer all the time. Not long to go to the end now.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Yet another fantastic day of sunshine! Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow! What did I do to deserve all this? I've been naughty you know; at least once!
After yesterday's marathon, most anything would have seemed good but today was actually a lovely day of grand views, narrow pathways with scary drops and more serious hills that offer the chance to cover some distance at height, once you've sweated your way up there. Oh yes, and then there were peacefully streams and meadows too to add a little contrast. All in all, a lovely and manageable day.
And I came round the side of Moel Gyw (which is a 467m hill) and guess what? In the haze in the distance I'm pretty sure I could see the sea! So the end is within sight. Just two more days to go. Elation and sadness all in one!
But that's all to be dealt with on Monday! For now, it's cool shower time, it's beer o'clock time and then dinner time!
Here's the magic you all missed today!