After a very refreshing night’s sleep, we decided to make the most of there still being crisp snow on the ground, and follow a circular walk direct from the cottage. Unfortunately, we always forget that in most parts of Wales, unless they’re national trails, footpaths tend to be badly signposted and very overgrown, so it took a few false starts to get on to the byway north east of Tw-Gwyn Farm.

It started snowing again not long after we left, but in our Winter fleeces and with the effort needed to move upwards, we stayed toasty warm. After passing the three ponds near Ffwrd, we turned right on to the footpath over Gilwern Hill, from where we followed the track over the common. We were then very naughty walkers and followed a farm track that isn’t a designated footpath, all because we wanted to avoid traversing lots of fields. As payback, one of the farm dogs set upon me and nipped my heel, but fortunately my walking boots stopped it finding flesh. We then had to wade across a swollen stream and climb over a fence, so perhaps the field walking wouldn’t have been such a bad idea after all.

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