Day 28 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye

24th April 2018

Weather: Cloudy. Rain showers, becoming heavy from mid afternoon.

This was a high level route on the Black Mountains, with fabulous views Eastwards into Herefordshire and Westwards to more Black Mountain scenery, including the Llanthony valley. Showers drifted across this view, cloud gradually obscuring more until in the mist on highest part at 702m. At this point (12:45) met my first people of the day: a couple of cheerful ladies who had hauled up from Hay & sat down for some tea. Shortly afterwards spoke to a group of 3 who were heading to Pandy. There were two people following me, gradually catching up, until below Hay Bluff I seemed to draw away again. I suspect this is 2 of the group of 3 Owen & I spoke to two days ago. (Say hi if this is you!)

I tried to hold out for a tea shop, but had to sit down 15:30, still a km short, for snack.

The forecast spurred me on to a getaway by 8:15

hoping to beat what was coming later

It proved fairly accurate.

Goodbye to the Old Pandy Inn

Shortly crossing the National Park boundary

My first follower of the day

Someone is preparing big scale topiary

Shortly reaching the Offa’s Dyke path. 14 miles seemed ‘short’

It had been raining lightly

An early “Woo hoo” moment looking back the way I had come (South) on Hatterall Hill

Same direction a bit higher

464 metres on H Hill, looking East

Just past the 531m spot height, looking North

Ponies on the slopes

Looking North West towards Llanthony

The walking was fast, as the going underfoot was level, often gravelled

and approaching the highest part of the plateau, paved

Without this, it would have been a bog trot. A necessary evil for a popular route: I remember both Shining Tor (Derbyshire) and Pen-y-Ghent (Yorkshire) before they were surfaced: 100 metre wide boggy scars in the latter.

Cairns in the mist was a bit eerie

Descending out of the cloud, looking SE towards Black Hill

Hay Bluff from below

There was still a wee hill to climb, and rain coming in heavily

a retrospective in the last couple of Km

Hay Castle (and then a cafe, all encased in wet waterproofs)

Author: Walklizard

May your feet stay dry as you walk through the bog. May your face be unblemished as you walk in the sunshine.

4 thoughts on “Day 28 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye”

  1. Timing is everything they say, and I think I may have got away with a light shift on the day I joined a true trekker, not sure how I would have coped with rain and mist!
    I think I have my feet back after the marvelous day I spent with “Ranulph Fiennes” but I don’t think I got the job as a Sherpa as Cary was packing much more than me! Don’t even think I would make it as a Donkey either.

    Cary, thanks for letting me share a tiny part of your expedition and I look forward to boasting about the day I walked with a giant of a man.

    Your humble, admiring younger brother.


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