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
approaching Gladestry facing Hergest Ridge
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)