Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Greyness escaped

24th February 2009

All of the grey weather that we got last week was instrumental in getting me out searching for sun over the weekend. That quest took me to Wales but I would have located sunshine even if I only got as far as Shropshire. In the event, I got out within sight of the Rhinogs near Dyffryn Ardudwy. Even though there was some sun, there was also a lot of low cloud about with the higher places shrouded for much of the time. The result was that I stayed lower down but the day out remained a good one and evening sunshine lit up the latter stages of my trek. It was all very different from a previous visit at the end of June in 2007 when dampness was set to fill the air after a bright start and much water lay underfoot at times. I’ll say more more later about the latest excursion but Saturday’s interlude of bluer skies and sunshine was the respite from greyness that I needed to brave the greyness and occasional murkiness that has pervaded since then. Change is forecast for the weekend so I suppose that we’d better make the most of what we have before damper weather wanders from in the north-west.

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