Day 29 Hay-on-Wye to Kington

25th April 2018

Weather: Sunny with intermittent squally showers (or should that be the other way around?)

A day of spectacular stormy skies, and panoramic views.

Walking away from Hay began sunny with views of clouded-over Black Mountains. Showers began, then stopped, which had me putting on & then taking off waterproofs (too hot in the sun). A Canadian couple caught up with me: John & Joanne, who are in the Hall of Fame for walking the entire Welsh coastal path and are now completing the circumnavigation of Wales on the Offa’s Dyke path. Slovakia is their recommendation for good walking on the continent.

They suggested stopping for tea & coffee at Newchurch. Fortunately this shelter coincided with a heavy downpour. There was another squally heavy shower shortly afterwards as I was climbing Disgwylfa Hill, but the wind was from behind, so quite tolerable.

If you thought Hergest Ridge was a 1970s album by Mike Oldfield, then you won’t know about the stunning views you get from Hergest Ridge on the Powys/Herefordshire border. I was trying to work out if I could see the Quantocks AND Malverns AND Shropshire hills (Stretton skyline) as well as the rolling hills and vales. Today all set against towering white clouds and dark, stormy, downpours. I think I got away lightly and Harry Nilsson had been singing about today’s weather.

Overnight at YHA Kington, occupied by a very chatty “Over 50s Hostelling Group”. Full dorm, and my least favourite option: the top bunk.

The forecast looked a bit ominous

with more rain to follow

Sunshine to start

and swirling cloud where I had walked the day before

and not diminishing as I retreated

the river Wye was very wide at this point

I just liked the look

John and Joanne approaching Newchurch

Which provided a shelter from the rain

More cloudscapes

approaching Gladestry facing Hergest Ridge

Ascending HR

Abandoned on the ridge

The panoramas just wouldn’t work on this sort of camera, but here’s a downpour over Kington from HR, fringed with rainbow colours (I took many & selected one)

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Author: Walklizard

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

One thought on “Day 29 Hay-on-Wye to Kington”

  1. Really liking your photos – thank you. Alex

    On 25 April 2018 at 22:03, From the Bottom to the Top wrote:

    > Walklizard posted: “25th April 2018 Weather: Sunny with intermittent > squally showers (or should that be the other way around?) All photos from > Day 29 available later A day of spectacular stormy skies, and panoramic > views. Walking away from Hay began sunny with views of c” >

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