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My Walk this Week 142 – Circular Hill Walk

For my walk this week I started out early, when it was still quite dark, but this circular hill walk was really very enjoyable, even though the sun never managed to break through and the whole day was dim.

Early morning light

The day was just beginning for birds and builders alike and these start-of-the-day sounds accompanied me as I climbed Graig Fawr. Up on top the wind took over and gently buffeted me as I looked through the grasses and old brown bracken to the Loughor Estuary and the Gower Peninsula, hazy in the lack of sunlight.

Crossing the moorland of this part of The Mawr to Twyn Tyle and its old mine workings, I came into the lee of the valley and the wind dropped to give me the most peaceful of solitary walks across this beautiful landscape. The sheep were the only other creatures, apart from some distant cows and the odd passing crow.

Circular Hill Walk Soundscape

I have been on much higher mountains than these local hills but the views of the surroundings landscape, even from the relatively low elevation of Graig Fawr and Cefn Drum, are still wonderful.

Click the play button above and then the first image to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.

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  1. I listened to the recording above ,I closed my eyes and yes it was the unmistakeable mountain call. At least for me it certainly was. I was born and bred in ty cwmdulais and this is the beautiful song of nature I would listen to everyday. You have captured and described the heart and soul of these mountains .From its sheer loneliness ,the great views and the beauty of the surrounding country side .I want to say a big thank you Alastair for bringing this beautiful place that I had the pleasure of once calling it home.

    • Thank you Cheryl, I am so pleased to have achieved my aim. I wondered about those words but what you have described is what I hope to do with all my recording and photography. Cwm Dulais and it’s surrounding hills give me some of my greatest pleasure in living here. Thanks again

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