October is here and I guess I am hoping for a long slow decline into Winter with bright days and little rain. I hope so, because it is often my favourite time of the year. The nights are drawing in but havent yet hit the lows of what feels like a mid afternoon darkness. The mornings are cool and relatively crisp and the temperature is nice and cool but not biting yet. Of course I love winter as well but thats a whole new set of kit to drag out. I am still in my Ron Hills and using the lightweight sleeping mat and simple 2 layer system presently.
I am really going to try and make it to the Grwyne Fawr bothy in the Black Mountains in the next month or two. I have had a hankering to return there ever since I discovered it had been done up fairly recently too. Below is a picture of the inside of it although the picture isnt mine I hasten to add. The great thing about this bothy is that it has a fabulous wood burner inside, has a window and a brilliant loft sleeping platform to fit 4 people. The only downside is that it is only a few miles from roadside parking so there is always the chance it will be full. Having said that the Grwyne Fawr valley is quite sheltered and so I would take a bivvy bag just in case. The walks from there are just great too with two ridges to pick from and fairly superb views once you hit the high ground.
The other thing I am looking forward to is the return of cloud inversions. There was one in the Usk valley the other day and it was very beautiful in the morning sun. The best one I have witnessed was a few years ago when I decided to go up Pen-y-Fan very early one December morning to see the sunrise. I was treated to a really special cloud inversion where the peak of Pen-y-Fan was the only thing above the cloud layer and the sun was dazzling and bright.
Of course I will have to try and remember to pack my camera, I have so often in the recent past forgotten to do so. I keep seeing fabulous photo’s on other people’s walking blogs and I feel like I am missing something by not having enough pictures on my posts this year.
Here’s to the autumn…..