Saturday, January 17, 2015

Up the hill, down the valley.

It was a bright start to the day so Meg and I set off up the hill to Castell Dinas Bran.

Part way up the slope

Meg enjoys a roll on the frosty grassPanorama

Looking NW , sunrise just lighting up the hillsIMG_3281

We reached the top 25 minutes after leaving the basin. That’s my training done for the day! Fantastic up there, very atmospheric.IMG_3282



Dinas Bran can be loosely translated as “Hill of the Crow”…IMG_3292

Arriving back the sun was high enough now to light up the basin.

The basin entrance, with the Eisteddfod Centre behind. IMG_3294
Every July the town hosts the famous international music festival.

After a bite to eat I dropped down to the town to get some shopping in, crossing the Dee Valley Railway and the river on the way.DSC_0300
Don’t let the sunny pictures fool you; it was cold in the wind today, quite a bit of ice lingering in shady spots.

Llangollen was founded in around the 7th Century by St Collen, from whom it takes it’s name. The river bridge was built in 1345, and widened to take modern traffic in the 1960s.

Long run tomorrow morning, which will take me to Chirk and back. The weather looks good, dry but cold, and mainly windless.
Don’t forget, you can sponsor me for the Greater Manchester Marathon by clicking on the link to the right, or texting GEOF58 £5 to 70070. Still plenty of time, the race isn’t till April.
Thanks, Terry and Pam, for the latest contribution. Enjoy Stratford.
I’m raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.


Ade said...

Hi Geoff & Mags,
Great post and really excellent pictures those would make lovely paintings.
I'm still reading through the blog from the start up to 2010 now iced in at Penkridge or is it 2011 not sure without going back an having a look.


Geoff and Mags said...

Thanks Ade
That would be November/December 2010. I remember it well...

Gary Carolyn said...

Hi Geoff and Mags. I see you are moored in the basin. We were there in the summer and were told the basin was closed in the winter due to the houses above winning some planning dispute. But this must have been the wrong information ...regards Gary and Carolyn.