It’s that time of year when the Equinox approaches and high tides will be extra high and low tides extra low and there will be super seashores to explore in our hunt for molluscs. All we need is some decent weather. Well, I think I can say that the weather exceeded our greatest expectations. During the week we were based at Bryn Engan just north of Criccieth we celebrated fine sunny days, often breezeless giving us good water visibility too.
My journey would take me from Dorset north to cross the River Severn then turning towards the northwestern direction to follow a traverse of Wales that will take us through stunning landscapes. On this exceptionally fine, sunny autumnal day Nick and I share a car journey we have never made before. Leaving Abergavenny the A40 takes us into the valley that passes between the Brecon Beacons on the west and the Black Mountains on the east. Forking onto the A479 we continue north to Talgarth and, with the road tracking the flow of the River Wye, on to Builth Wells where we stop at a garage for a coffee. We have grazed on a box of salad stuffs, an avocado and a pack of 6 mini pork pies. The latter a rare and complete over-indulgence!
We’ve rejoined the A470 and still many miles to cover we track northwest and between Llanidloes and Llanbrynmair on the B4518 we pass the large water body of the Clwedog Reservoir. We are heading for the hills again and enter the Snowdownia National Park at Mailwyd where our route takes us west to Dolgellau over the Afon Mawddach and due north to cross the River Dwyryd and now we are getting warmer.
Our lodgings for the forthcoming week are at Bryn Engan, a property belonging to a relative of one of our number, a former farmhouse hiding in the Criccieth hinterland on the margins of the Snowdownia Park.
By late early evening seven of our number have converged and taken possession of their rooms. Nick and I have carried the evening meal, a Chicken Dopiaza with accompaniments. In the view of some I probably slipped up as I had neglected to provide a pudding!! We enjoy our meal, the first of several convivialities to follow, around a table designed to seat twelve comfortably. A large kitchen and generously proportioned table are de rigueur when we Five, Six or Seven go wild for a week.