We left home with anticipation of a challenge ahead of us, not sure what to expect but looking forward to exploring a new area with Nordic walking poles in tow.
The sun was shining as we began our journey but as we approached our destination it became foggier and foggier, a little disheartened that we had left good weather behind we accepted our fate and met our walk leader Tony Bain in the Brynffo car park on the edge of Crychan Forest.
After introductions we set off down the track, getting into our stride we began the warm up to our 21.53km (over 13 miles) walk through the forest.
The Crychan Forest is nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Brecon Beacons and we were lucky enough to witness the beautiful countryside that it contains.
We walked along some of the many waymarked trails which took us along drovers routes and through varying terrains.
Tony gave us the option to extend our walk, which proved to be a very good choice as the fog had lifted and we absorbed the breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains of Mid Wales.
Our experience was enhanced by Tony’s informative knowledge of the forest and surrounding area, explaining the contrasting trees from the many conifers to the native oaks, ash, beech and hazel of the original forest.
Tony’s excellent knowledge helped us to explore the many old tracks and drovers routes which criss-cross through the forest; providing opportunities for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the forest in harmony. In the past the drovers routes were used to drive livestock through the wild mountains of mid-Wales en- route to Smithfield Market in London.
We were lucky enough to see Bluebells still blossoming; listen to birds singing amongst the trees; watch Buzzards fly above our heads, we also came across a field full of Foxgloves – an amazing sight.
Tony pointed out an old house, which was once an important part of the forest, providing a home for workers to return to after a hard days work.
We wish to thank Tony Bain of Green DragonActivities for being an excellent guide and Nordic Walking instructor and for introducing us to one of the most beautiful areas of Wales.
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