An atmospheric morning at Llangorse Lake before the weather turned for the worse. Believe it or not this was my first visit there; the entire place was flooded and I got lake water in my boots... suppose it isn't an adventure unless you're soaking wet, covered in mud and having your whole car smell of damp spaniel.
I’ve owned a lot of jackets in my time. I currently have two North Face, a Sprayway, an OEX, an O’Neill and a Helly Hansen.
All claim to be water tight.
All leak somewhere or after prolonged rain. Zips, seams, pockets!! I bought this Regatta jacket as a back up.
It’s been out on 5 or 10 hikes, warm, dry, no issues.
Yesterday I hit Pen Y Fan at 8am and then walked across the Malverns from around 2pm. was out in minus temps, 40+ winds and sideways freezing rain all day. This £60 coat kept me bone dry from start to finish. Wind tight, water tight. Can’t fault the little hero!
Only down side, it’s not quite as breathable as I’d like, but I am a sweaty beast. Well played Regatta, well played...
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Awesome evening view from Crib y ddysgl one of my favourite places to while away the time and look down on the world below.
It’s name translates to “ridge of the dish” and refers to the bowl shaped cwm of the snowdon horseshoe a classic route in summer - even better with it’s winter coat on 👍
Hey girls I’ve been thinking about doing something for couple of months but couldn’t quite figure it out ... after a few hobnobs this morning and dwelling on a post I read earlier, I think I have a plan!.
I was out with my mate yesterday; we went for a walk, chewed each other’s ears off, had a laugh and I think we all need days like this 😊 ... so here’s the idea; we’re an adventurous bunch of women on here so how about we plan a get together in the new year? A weekend where we can let our hair down, make new friends, go walking, maybe plan a camp ... it would be a great opportunity to put a real face to the little IG square we follow and hopefully build up a friendship group, any thoughts?.
As you know I’m in Snowdonia but over the months we could plan meet ups all over the country, explore new areas, support each other and generally have a bit of fun ... sorry guys, girls only for this one ❤️
Llyn Idwal is named after a young man who died a tragic and unnecessary death. Legend has it that Idwal was the son of the 12th century prince Owain Gwynedd. Beautiful and scholarly, Idwal did not have the makings of a warrior and was sent away to stay in safety with his uncle, Nefydd, while his father was at war.
Nefydd was a jealous man whose own son Rhun, in contrast to Idwal, was witless and dull.
Torn apart by bitterness, Nefydd took the boys for a walk by the lake and pushed Idwal in, laughing at the young man as he drowned. Owain was devastated and banished Nefydd from his lands. He then named the lake after his son.
Legend has it that the birds that inhabited the lake flew away in sorrow at the terrible deed done there and you’ll never see a bird fly over Llyn Idwal 😔 ... until this ‘bird’ came along 😉 I’m flying into the weekend guys, hope you have a fab one 👍🏻
Instagram really kills letterbox cropped images, but this photo didn't look right without it. Does anyone else get that? You take a photo, immediately dislike it and then crop it one way or another and suddenly it's better!
Playing in our favourite playground today 😊
It’s International Mountain Day.
We need to teach the next generation that the mountains, the wilderness, the outdoors hold more health, wealth and education than a TV or phone screen.
A child’s right to roam is increasingly becoming less and less as the years pass.
I hear stories of parents not wanting their children to get dirty, wet and cold.
If our children are not taught to love, respect and use our outdoors spaces then their children will not have these natural facilities available to them. Yes, school is important, but on a hill you can learn about the environment, geography, geology, science, history, mythology, botany, meteorology and biology.
On top of that, survival skills, cooking, map reading, and the dying art of spending quality time with family and friends.
Not all class rooms have four walls. Get your halflings off the sofa and into the outside.
Raise outdoor kids...
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Another camp another great sunset- I spend more time under canvass than in my own home and with scenes like this it’s easy to understand why 👌
I have lots of thank you’s tonight guys ... I’ve been blown away with all your lovely messages after my latest blog went live ... thank you so much ❤️ I don’t need to tell you how much I love being outside; but sometimes I like to share more than just the face behind the little square. I’m just a normal middle aged woman, with a family and all the ups and downs that go with it and my stories hopefully reflect this.
I went and gave another talk last week; I tend to put all my photos together, add some music and talk about mine and the Beasts adventures. I absolutely love these talks; I started off with a script when I gave my first one but found I’d lose where I was and I was actually quite nervous following a scripted speech. These days I just ‘ad lib’ and find the passion I have takes over (although I should probably have a timer because I do get carried away and could honestly talk for hours!).
At the end of my last talk there was a Q&A session and someone jokingly commented that the Beast and I are mini ambassadors for Snowdonia and I kind of liked that. I’ve made some awesome friends over the years through social media. I love helping with a route, offering tips on where to stay, advising on kit or help on wild camping. I love showcasing how awesome Snowdonia is and how much fun spending time outdoors can be through my little square and possibly inspiring a follower to come for a visit and experience the view for themselves.
The voting for the Go Outdoors Awards for Best Outdoor Blog 2018 closes tomorrow, a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote ... if you’ve got a few minutes and like our stories and photos then please take the time to add your vote, it really would mean the world to us both (link in bio ⬆️) ❤️🐶 xx
The coastal path leading Cymtydu to New Quay. Although you can't see in the photo, Snowdon and Cadair Idris are clearly visible a little further along the path from a lookout point!