A ramble on two separate days with David Michaels
Preseli Ridge Part 1 on 31 March 2018
20 Ramblers turned up at a cold, grey and blustery car park behind Tafarn Sinc, Rosebush. As this was a linear walk starting at a layby on the Mynachlogddu to Crymych road it meant a car shuttle to get everyone to the start whilst leaving sufficicent cars at Tafarn Since in order to reunite the drivers with their vehicles at the end of the day. Once everyone was in place the walk started at 11am and we headed up up to Foeldrygarn. This first climb allowed everyone to warm up a little.
The wind was much colder and stronger on the tops and the exposed areas and we battled it for much of the walk. From Foeldrygarn it was down and across the moor to pick up the Golden Road to Carn Menyn, here we skirted the outcrop of spotted dolerite stones and dropped downhill slightly to just above the top of the river of stone before heading up hill to the stone circle of Bedd Arthur. After a lunch stop at Carn Bica we followed the broad boggy and rock littered ridge to Foel Feddau. This was mostly uphill and on boggy ground. The wind was at its strongest, and the wind chill at its coldest, at this point in the walk but the compensation was an ever changing golden light across the whole of the landscape.
From Foel Feddau, we dropped down slightly, crossed the fence and began the final climb of the day to a mist covered Foel Cwmcerwyn. It was slightly easier going with the wind to our back. We posed for a photo at the top and then it was an easy descent down the ridge on the old miners track and back to Rosebush and the pub.
Total mileage: 8 miles Total Ascent: 1500ft
1st image on Day1
Preseli Ridge Part 2 on 1 April 2018
10 Ramblers turned up for a second day of walking along the Preseli Ridge. The car shuttle from the Parrog, Newport was a little more straightforward and we started walking from Tafarn Sinc at 11am. The weather was much, much kinder today, the hill fog had lift, the wind had dropped and the sun made sporadic appearances during the first half of the walk.
The route from Rosebush through the old quarries and up to Bwlch Pennant is pretty and straightforward. Once we were back on the ridge, it was a left turn across the moor. We crossed the main road at Bwlch Gwynt and headed up Foel Eryr. There were panoramic views from the top.
Following a steep grassy descent of Foel Eryr, we picked up the fence line, stopped for lunch and then crossed the moor to the road. Once there,we took the track towards Tregynnon and then down through the woods into Cwm Gwaun. After a quick breather we started the longish climb out of the valley and up to Carn Edward. We picked up the main track on Mynydd Carningli and once passed Carn Ingli we dropped down on good paths to the lanes that led into Newport. The rain started just s we arrived at the Royal Oak pub.
There was an extra ½ mile walk for those involved in retrieving their cars before eventually joining the others in the pub for celebratory drinks.
Total mileage: 9.5 miles Total Ascent: 1726ft
Text by David Michaels. All Images by George Allingham