Not put off by a showery weather forecast, three stalwarts travelled by car to the start of the day’s walk. From our parking spot close to Newton Farm, near Aberthin, we set off in waterproofs along an arrow straight road towards Penllyn castle, just visible in the distance. With clearing skies and rising temperatures outer jackets were soon stowed away which is where they remained for the rest of the day. Approaching Moorlands Farm we spotted a sign for a bridle path not present on the map so, reasonably confident it would take us where we wanted to go, we followed along a stony track. This soon met up with our original planned route and had the advantage of avoiding the short, steep hill and woodland path likely to be muddy after recent rains. Dry and firm going with a steep, wooded hillside to our left and wide-open vistas over Penllyn Moor to our right made for very pleasant walking. A section of the path had been diverted around the front gardens of the attractive Chatwood House before joining the property’s drive leading to the road just south of City.
Leaving the road to cross a grassy field into Llansannor the walk leader misinterpreted a way-mark which occasioned a short detour before retracing our steps to visit the church of St Senwyr – the only church in Wales dedicated to this saint. Of interest is the well-preserved effigy of a 14th century knight in full armour in the chancel. His identity is disputed. After a ten-minute stop for refreshments and photograph we continued past the impressive Llansannor Court – home of the Gwyn family since the 16th century – then past the home of the Williams family – JPR that is – who later passed us silently on his bicycle as we walked the short distance back to the car.
Not a drop of rain and a little too warm at times as we were, perhaps, over-dressed for the conditions but, nevertheless, an enjoyable start to the week.