How Green was my Valley

The-Berwyns

Just one of the many green valleys that lie within the Berwyn Mountain range in Wales.  Surprisingly they have not really been discovered by the many of the Tourists, who head to Snowdonia or hurry down the A5 to the Welsh Coast….. which makes for a tranquil location.  The Berwyn’s straddle the Welsh county boundaries of Powys and Denbighshire, just over the Shropshire border of England. Natural beauty and excellent hill farming country are their main claim to fame.

Much earlier, back in 1165 the Armies of the English King Henry II, found them a barrier in their attempts to cross into Wales to subdue the “Welsh rebels”.    It has long been suggested that King Henry later changed course, and went round the Berwyn’s.  Not because of any physical difficulties, but more because of persistent rains that hampered progress and demoralised his troops.  Maybe it is those rains that make the valleys so green!

Rain or shine and no matter where you are…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

22nd April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday… Another Favorite Place

Snowdon-Horseshoe

Location:.  Clouds kiss the summits of the Snowdon Horseshoe, seen from Llynnau Mymbyr, Capel Curig, North Wales 

Wherever you are…

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6th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Castle in the Town……

CAERNARFON-CASTLE

Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

Caernarfon Castle stands above the River Seiont where it enters the Menai Straights…  its backdrop is the town, beyond the mountains of Snowdonia.

The Eagle Tower above, with its three turrets is, perhaps, the most dominant and dramatic feature of the Castle. Construction of the stone castle you see today was started in 1283 on the instruction of King Edward I.   It was predated by an 11th century motte and bailey. The town also has links to a much earlier Roman Fort at nearby Segontium.   Caernarfon was one of several of Edwards ‘Ring of Castles’ on the Welsh coast which include Harlech, Beaumaris, and Conway.

Strong defences in a strategic location…..   just what we need in today’s perilous world of CV19

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Bridge with Historical Links

Conway-Castle

Conwy Castle looms large over Conwy Suspension Bridge.  The bridge spans the River Conway as it heads on and into Colwyn Bay.  The famous engineer Thomas Telford was commissioned to design and built the bridge as a replacement for the Ferry river crossing.  It was completed in 1826, has a span of nearly 100 metre’s  and if I remember correctly, at an eye watering (for the time) of £50,000..  For years it carried road traffic.  Progress ensured that a Railway bridge to be constructed (to the left of the image) whilst a ‘new’ road bridge (to the right)  which was opened in 1958.

The Suspension Bridge is a listed Grade 1 structure and now in the care of the National Trust… foot traffic only.  A small fee is charged but worth it for a walk through and too history.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Top Peak Indeed…….

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Tryfan and Ogwen Valley, North Wales

A challenging climb,  a revered mountain venue for Rock Climbers, the striking outline of Tryfan, with a height of 3010ft. it is the most dominant of the Glyder range, part of the Snowdonia massif.

It is suggested that the name Tryfan is a derivation of ‘Top Peak’.  Only memories now for me of some spectacular days climbing, but still one of my ‘Top Peaks’ …. and of another memory….. it was often  rather wet, which made climbing interesting!

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020