CW Day 10 : Cwmystwyth to Ponterwyd

A short 10 mile day just to keep the body sane, though the mind is not at ease with an expectation of the distances to come. I could have made Dylife (and there was a bed at the Star Inn for me) as the weather wasnt bad and realistically I would have done the short road section from Devils Bridge to Duffryn Castle, rather the longer down and up the Rhiedol valley.

Cambrian Way Day 10
Shed for unknown purpose in Cwmystwyth

One of the things of the Cambrian Way is there is some level of flexibility, through variation, interpretation and that it's not waymarked. However missing the Rhiedol section would have been a bit too much. It is a bit of a contrived route but it's an important feature on route.

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Wales in May has many things, in particular sheep, forestry, water and more surprisingly cuckoos

I left Reg and Marj at The Post Office at 09h00 after a really good nights sleep and an enjoyable stay. Porridge for breakfast and a couple of cups of tea. Excellent.

As it was I was in Devils Bridge at 10h50 after a leisurely start from The Old Post Office and had time for tea and food before taking an excursion down to Aberystwyth on the steam train. Nice to be a tourist and see the mixture of holiday makers and trainspotters. There were couples doing both and I'm sure his attempt at interest during a tour of knitwear shops tomorrow will be equally unconvincing.

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Though climbing over a stiles can be awkward, for the less mobile, some of the kissing gates en route are not large enough for the heavier laden backpacker

Good trip and recommended for walkers needing a distraction. Plenty of shopping in Aberystwyth Back to Devils Bridge for 3pm and about 2 hours over to Ponterwyd including a pig of a climb from the valley bottom up to Ystumtuen. Good training I suspect for things to come further north but a steep incline itself and really took the wind out.

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Really nice excursion to Aberystwyth, though I didn't get their early enough for the first of the two trains down. It would have given me more than 30 minutes in Aberystwyth

Got a bit of heel ache today which is a concern and maybe from all the bog hopping. Plymlimon tomorrow threatens more of the same and a sizeable distance. Forecast is for drier weather though for colder nights which will make camping fun.

Have booked a B&B in Barmouth for Sat which took some persuasion as its a changeover night and I sense the owners of Wavecrest are about to retire. Good to have this as a target and means two nights under canvas coming up.

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Down to the railway and to the bottom of the Rhiedol Valley

Will see how the distances go tomorrow but want to be past Dylife and hopefully in Commins Coch. Need batteries for the GPS which I forgot to get them I got food earlier from the garage. As on the only food store between Llandovery and Mallwyd it's not bad and I picked up some really nice looking Silesian sausage for tomorrow. All a bit weighty but the price on independence.

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New and slightly complex stile on the way into Ponterwyd

Good food and room at the George Borrows hotel and some good bar discussion. Didn't know much about George Borrow, but a really interesting character who's ability to learn languages was amazing (from Welsh to Manchu, he translated the first bible).

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House in Ystumtuen

Distance : 9-10 miles estimate
Time 4.5 hours estimate

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