Wallas Fach, Groes Cwtta, 12th March

After the terrible weather on Friday, it was really nice to have a calm and sunny morning or our walk.   Seven of us met at the Farmer’s Arms in St Brides Major and parked there – with their permission.

With lots of chatting as we walked, we headed along the lane to Blackhall and admired the profusion of snowdrops at the junction.   From here we took the little lane past Coed y Bwl reserve.   We were unable to go in because of the ash die back restrictions but were able to see the daffodils and wood anemones in full bloom from the road.   We also spotted some strange bright red tips emerging from the soil which we decided was probably a fungus of some sort.   We crossed the ford via the stepping stones and paused here for the group photo.   When we reached Wallas Fach we stopped for a coffee and Mags shared some delicious home-made flapjacks.

We followed the road to Groes Cwtta – and giggled as pair of Wanderers failed to notice a car (electric) behind them for a short while!   From here we turned right and headed back to Blackhall.   En-route we saw many spring flowers – celandine, snowdrops, daffodils, catkins, violets, and some blossom in trees and gardens and we noted that the hedgerows were beginning to get some green shoots so spring must be on the way. Eagle-eyed Graham spotted a chaffinch in a tree.

As we got back to St Brides the sky was clouding over and it started to get quite windy and chilly.  We decided to venture into the pub for our refreshments rather than sit outside in the cold. The walk was a bit under 5 miles and we did it at quite a brisk pace overall.  We were very lucky with the weather and it was a delightful spring walk with good company and lots to see.