Had to get a long way away today to break out of the mindset of staying at home - so today was about driving, listening to music, looking at views - with the running coming second. Went for mid Wales as once north of Brecon start getting into my part of the world and I’ve spent so little time stopped there recently nice to go back.
Had a rough route planned in my head and then went and ignored most of it and went down the footpaths I found or guessed without having a map. From Llandrindod lake - wanted to go to “Shaky Bridge” that’s on the OS map - and it wasn’t anything special. Views good though, and as coming down into the valley saw some people at the top of the hill on the other side so thought I’d go up there too. Definitely a “walk” hill for me at the moment - and found the climb quite tough, and slipping on the wet ground in my trainers too. A very satisfying peak though, 360 degree visibility and a very pointy peak to stand on the top off. Probably a good place to put a castle.
Route back was a mix of luck and judgement that it did turn into a marked footpath. Two climbs, neither particularly steep, but really struggled on both of them. May have been into the wind but it didn’t feel strong at those times so not much of an excuse. At the top of last hill went for footpath option as it looked nice and had a gate to give me a bit of a breather - and got me a new trig without having known it was there. Little bits at the end to make 10k as was close, but not so keen by now as stomach had gone a bit on the last descent, and had been expecting it to.
Walked around the town a bit after - which was cold and wet. Drove back via a big loop past the Fforest Inn to see more hills that I want to explore some day. Good to see Llandegley airport is back to normal after being missing last time I came this way. Going back 200 years or so, the sole Welsh contingent in my family lived there - I suspect the airport, and everything else are practically unchanged from back then.https://www.strava.com/activities/5019459737