It would be easy to let the Thursday Night blend into the other nights! With probably late work, and then dinner, and then not much. But I didn’t want that. I wanted to make something out of them! And I decided that some of the fun is the walk to the entrance. I could do a night walk on my own! And see how my navigation skills would hold up.
I decided to walk to Moel y Ci, a pretty mountain beyond Mynydd Llandygai. So I put on my caving hat (I didn’t need a helmet, but I wanted the light, and these two are fixed together), grabbed the map, and set off. It was gusty!
I started on a path just off the bicycle path, something I have done before. And the river bank was gorgeous in the light of the rugby fields! It was too dark for my camera to document that though, and, regrettably, I didn't think of trying with my phone. I walked on. I was soon on new terrain.
Where the path goes underneath the old quarry railway
The slightly baffled horses
I got closer to Moel y Ci. It's a hill that's bare on the southern flank and forested on the northern one. I see it every day but hadn't been on! Now I would be. I found a trail following the wall between bare and woods and followed it up. I was quite cloudy so I didn't get any lovely moonlit views but it was nice to be out there in wind and some rain. I walked down on the bare side. And from there I decided to go to the river Galedffrwd (where I have an alternative running route) and walk down that way. I always run up a tributary but the map suggests there is a path along the river all the way to the road to Mynydd Llandygai.
It's not really there! There are traces left of it, but blimey this was a case of serious bushwhacking. Oh well. Nothing wrong with some exploring. But I was still glad when I got to the tributary. From there it was plain sailing!
I think I should go back to Moel y Ci in daylight to appreciate it more! But this was a nice scamper. What would be in store next week?