Friday, July 31, 2015

Day 92: Mynydd Gwerngraig to Dolgellau

Distance covered today: 10862 steps - 4.46 miles
Distance traveled so far: 450.26 miles
Route coordinates: 52.708359,-3.841545|52.742434,-3.881151
Walking date: 29th July


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
 

4 Mile

Another day, another 4 miles ticked off. Today I head over the hills, passing next to Afon Clywedog.

Through the hills
 

Approaching Cross Foxes - I hope they aren't too cross...

Cross Foxes
 

Mirkwood

Some dark and dingy woodland surrounds the latter part of the route today.

Mirkwood
 

Finishing up today just short of Dolgellau.

Dolgellau
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day 91: Corris Uchaf to Mynydd Gwerngraig

Distance covered today: 10009 steps - 4.11 miles
Distance traveled so far: 445.80 miles
Route coordinates: 52.662984,-3.862112|52.708359,-3.841545
Walking date: 28th July


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
 

Winding Valleys

Today I find myself pleasantly meandering through a series of picturesque valleys.

Through the valleys
 

Tal-y-llyn

Passing Tal-y-llyn Lake - a photo of which was one of the default wallpapers provided for Windows 7. Looking pretty good today as well, albeit this is as close as I will get.

Tal-y-llyn Lake
 

This wooded section provides a little shelter on the climb out of this valley.

Wooded section
 

Stunning Views

Agsin, some jaw dropping scenery as I wind my way through the next valley and approach the end of the route today.

Stunning views
 

The big hill on the left is, I think, Mynydd Gwerngraig - probably best to walk around it rather than over it...

Mynydd Gwerngraig
 

Day 90: Pantperthog to Corris Uchaf

Distance covered today: 10145 steps - 4.17 miles
Distance traveled so far: 441.69 miles
Route coordinates: 52.621458,-3.850101|52.662984,-3.862112
Walking date: 27th July


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
 

Centre for Alternative Technology

Passing by this place at the start of my walk today. Apparently it has a Cliff railway, but I'm not sure it can be seen from the road here.

Centre for Alternative Technology
 

Corris Railway and Museum

A fair amount of today's walk is alongside the narrow gauge The Corris Railway - here we see some old sheds, with the museum itself being a bit further down the road.

Corris Railway
 

Corris

Passing the ancient looking Braich Goch Inn, just on the outskirts of Corris

Braich Goch Inn
 

Pretty views from Corris

Pretty views from Corris
 
Some sort of monument?
 

The route today finishes in Corris Uchaf (Upper or Top Corris)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Day 89: Derwenlas to Pantperthog

Distance covered today: 10171 steps - 4.18 miles
Distance traveled so far: 437.52 miles
Route coordinates: 52.578808,-3.879523|52.601315,-3.850551|52.621458,-3.850101
Walking date: 21st July


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
 

Following the Dovey

Continuing today along the Dovey towards Machynlleth.

Along the Dovey
 

Machynlleth

Passing through the town of Machynlleth, which claims to be the "Ancient capital of Wales".

Machynlleth Clock Tower
 

The clock tower is currently under refurbishment, but used to look like this:

Machynlleth Clock Tower - of old
 

Across the Dovey

After following it for a good few miles, I can finally cross over the picturesque river Dovey.

Dovey Bridge
 
Pleasant reflections over the Dovey
 

Through the trees by the river

The latter part of today's route winds it's way along the Afon Dulas valley towards Pantperthog.

Trees alongside Afon Dulas
 

The walk today leaves me just short of Pantperthog, home of the Centre for Alternative Technology which provides education on renewable energy, sustainable architecture, organic farming, gardening, and ecologically friendly living.

Pantperthog
 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 88: Eglwys Fach to Derwenlas

Distance covered today: 10164 steps - 4.17 miles
Distance traveled so far: 433.34 miles
Route coordinates: 52.545423,-3.936552|52.578808,-3.879523
Walking date: 20th July


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
 

Afon Dyfi

Today's route roughly follows the River Dovey or Afon Dyfi - I'll have to walk a good few miles down this river before it becomes narrow enough for the first bridge crossing.

River Dovey
 

The railway lines also have to skirt the river until it narrows...

Railway lines
 

Today's journey is but a short one, and finishes just beyond the village of Derwenlas.

Derwenlas
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Day 87: Moel y Llyn to Eglwys Fach

Distance covered today: 10399 steps - 4.27 miles
Distance traveled so far: 429.17 miles
Route coordinates: 52.514224,-3.893676|52.545423,-3.936552
Walking date: 18th July


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 forests

Heading down out of the hills this morning.

Out of the forests
 

I'm guessing that I'm closing in on Snowdonia now - definitely some mountains in the far distance.

Can I see Snowdonia?
 

Into the Furnace

Heading into the town of furnace. So named after Dyfi Furnace, built in 1755 it took water from the River Einion and was used to smelt pig iron.

Into the Furnace
 

Passing the entrance to Dyfi Furnace

Dyfi Furnace
 

Finishing up today in the village of Eglwys Fach.

Eglwys Fach
 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Day 86: Llyn Nantycagl to Moel y Llyn

Distance covered today: 11160 steps - 4.58 miles
Distance traveled so far: 424.90 miles
Route coordinates: 52.494965,-3.871702|52.510854,-3.881981|52.514224,-3.893676
Walking date: 17th July


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
 

All around the houses

Today's route winds around the hills taking 4.5 miles to cover a 2 mile distance. It's a pleasant walk though, through through green hills and tree lined paths.

Leaving Llyn Nantycagl
 
Green Hills
 

Entering the forest for the final phase of today's route.

Forested areas
 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Day 85: Nant-y-Moch Reservoir to Llyn Nantycagl

Distance covered today: 10113 steps - 4.19 miles
Distance traveled so far: 420.32 miles
Route coordinates: 52.462285,-3.839722|52.494965,-3.871702
Walking date: 16th July


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
 

Another day of Reservoiring...

Starting off again today skirting around the various lobes of Nant-y-Moch reservoir.

Nant-y-Moch
 

A very peaceful and beautiful, albeit to some degree man-made location. A great walking spot here with the distant hills reflecting off the surface of the lake.

Scenic reflections on the lake
 

The middle part of the walk winds its way along the Rhuddian river valley amongst hills and wooded areas.

Middle part of the walk
 

The Mines!

Finishing off today close to Llyn Nantycagl - an artificial lake built to provide water to the now disused mines which are scattered around this area of Wales.

Llyn Nantycagl
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Day 84: Ponterwyd to Nant-y-Moch Reservoir

Distance covered today: 11060 steps - 5.02 miles
Distance traveled so far: 416.13 miles
Route coordinates: 52.410112,-3.837065|52.462285,-3.839722
Walking date: 15th July


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
 

Ponterwyd

Today's route takes me through the village of Ponterwyd, and then follows the side of the Afon Rheidol through the Dinas reservoir all the way up to the Nant-y-Moch reservoir.

Ponterwyd
 

The road after Ponterwyd so narrow it feels like walking up someone's driveway.

Somebody's drive?
 

Dinas Reservoir & River Rheidol

Passing to the east of the Dinas reservoir.

Dinas reservoir
 

Feels like a good day for walking through the hills.

Good day for walking
 

Nant-y-Moch

The final part of today's route loops up towards the Nant-y-Moch reservoir, part of the Cwm Rheidol hydroelectric power scheme. The dam itself can be seen on the left of the shot below.

Nant-y-Moch dam
 
Walking across the dam
 

The end of today's route leaves me on the edge of this scenic reservoir. Looks like I will be camping tonight, and not a pub anywhere nearby!

Nant-y-Moch