Friday, February 28, 2014

Day 79: Esgair Gelli to Llwyngaru

Distance covered today: 13262 steps - 5.45 miles
Distance traveled so far: 392.13 miles
Route coordinates: 52.202557,-3.790469 | 52.212708,-3.905396
Walking date: 21st February


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

A long road west

Today's route takes me almost due west in a pleasant but remote area of rolling hills.

Long road west
 

Starting to find some signs of civilisation now!

A telephone box
 
A cattle grid
 

Passing Llyn Berwyn, this is a natural lake feeding off the river Teifi.

Llyn Berwyn
 

Crossing streams and passing steep sided valleys

Passing streams
 
Passing through steep sided valleys
 

A pleasant descent into the end of today's route

A pleasant descent into the end of today's route
 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Day 78: The Devil's Staircase to Esgair Gelli

Distance covered today: 10325 steps - 4.24 miles
Distance traveled so far: 386.68 miles
Route coordinates: 52.188602,-3.712091 | 52.202557,-3.790469
Walking date: 19th February


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Climbing the Devil's Staircase

This is an incredible bit of road which crosses between the River Irfon and the River Towy, in steep sided gorges and in and out of forests.

The devil's staircase
 

Descending into the delightful river Towy valley.

River Towy valley
 

My path decends into the valley now and converges on the river itself with craggy rocks above me.

River Towy
 

Climbing back up the other side of the valley.

Clibing back up
 

This viewpoint looks back over the Towy valley

Looking back from the viewpoint
 

Crossing between valleys over this steep sided col

Crossing between valleys
 

The hills become more gentle as my route winds down towards the west at the end of today's beautiful countryside stroll.

Hills become more gentle
 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Day 77: Penybont Uchaf to The Devil's Staircase

Distance covered today: 10956 steps - 4.5 miles
Distance traveled so far: 382.44 miles
Route coordinates: 52.141285,-3.671693 | 52.188602,-3.712091
Walking date: 18th February


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Heading to the Devil's staircase

Today's route takes me along narrow roads following the incredibly scenic river Irfon which passes the gorges and steep tree lined valleys.

Starting in narrow lanes
 

Some white water on the Irfon here by this car park.

White water on the Irfon
 

Some minor flooding as I pass through. Nothing compared to some of the flooding which has actually been happening in the west of the UK in recent weeks.

Some flooding
 

Strolling along this awesome hillside of knarly trees.

Knarly trees
 

The road twists back in towards the river now and heads into this wonderfully scenic gorge.

Entering the Irfon Gorge
 
The steep sided Irfon gorge
 
Irfon gorge
 

I finish the day with a stiff climb up the Devil's staircase, finishing on one of the first bends.

The Devil's staircase
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Day 76: Pen-rhiw-oleu to Penybont Uchaf

Distance covered today: 17955 steps - 7.37 miles
Distance traveled so far: 377.94 miles
Route coordinates: 52.077844,-3.633134 | 52.141285,-3.671693
Walking date: 17th February


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Majestic scenery

English cynics may have noticed I'm maintaining quite a pace walking through Wales - perhaps so I can get out as quickly as possible? Actually it's the opposite - I can't get enough of this amazing scenery, and if I ever get to do this walk for real one day, I am determined to plan enough time to walk a similar route to this!

Majestic Wales
 

Gently winding country trails

Gently winding trails
 
Gently winding trails
 
Gently winding trails
 

Some brightly coloured houses here in the centre of Llanwrtyd Wells

Brightly coloured houses
 

The road winding out of town following some more great contours.

Road winding out of Llanwrtyd Wells
 

More rivers and hills

More rivers and hills
 

Off the beaten track - not great for a commute to London!

Off the beaten track
 

Trees, blue skies and the promise of more scenery to come.

Trees, blue skies and the promise of more scenery to come.
 
Trees and blue skies
 

And again, ending today in this quiet river valley.

Quiet river valley
 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Day 75: Sennybridge Training Area to Pen-rhiw-oleu

Distance covered today: 10618 steps - 4.36 miles
Distance traveled so far: 370.57 miles
Route coordinates: 52.031004,-3.628249 | 52.077844,-3.633134
Walking date: 16th February


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Leaving the training area and back into the woods

Start the day heading north still within the Sennybridge Training area.

Heading north in the training area
 

Passing a group of soldiers starting/finishing their training in this section next to some military firing ranges.

Soldiers in training
 

The pleasant hill country continues - fabulous location for a cross country stroll.

Pleasant hill country
 

As I pass the northern perimeter of the training area near the village of Tirabad, my chances of getting accidentally shot decrease significantly.

Leaving the training area
 

House of the outskirts of Tirabad, seen as I head north and into the forest again.

House to the north of Tirabad
 

Today ends with another stroll through the forest.

Stroll through the forest
 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Day 74: Fedw to Sennybridge Training Area

Distance covered today: 11821 steps - 4.86 miles
Distance traveled so far: 366.21 miles
Route coordinates: 51.968913,-3.656929 | 52.031004,-3.628249
Walking date: 14th February


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Training Day

Heading north today, I head through a military training area just north of the Brecon beacons. In the UK these areas usually have to permit the general public to pass through, but as you can see from the signs, they don't want people wandering from the road. In reality, I'm not sure whether they would be happy for someone to just walk the road, rather than using a car.

Entrance to Sennybridge Training Area
 

Arrow straight roads cross this training area.

Arrow straight roads
 

This is still some interesting topography, so it is clear why they use it for military training.

interesting topography
 

Well protected entrance to one of the training grounds.

Well protected entrance to one of the training grounds.
 

Pleasantly rolling hillside marks the end of today's route.

Pleasantly rolling hillside