Just a quick report from Yesterdays planned activations of GW/NW-034 & GW/NW-046
Firstly apologies to anyone waiting for me on NW-046!?
I had planned to do both of these today to achieve a personal target of getting into the Top 70 of the G Association Activators, needing 6 points to do so.
I arrived at TomTom Park spot at start of good path, loose stones most of the way up. At the early section there has been a lot of erosion of the path, with deep gulleys in the loose rock up to 18 inches deep in places. If as Richard did you go up on a mountain bike,beware of this on the return!
This path in, as I found out is long and winding with undulating sections. Although I arrived in plenty of time at summit,I was quite tired and not impressed with the final section of heather hopping.
Hence the reason for firstly cancelling Rhialgwm whilst up on this one,then after my activation and rest ,putting it back on again as a possibility.
I got back down to car and followed a Lovely forest road,passing the massive Lake which in my opinion is a hidden gem,with its Castle style tower and Gothic Bridge/Dam.(making me wish I had time to stop and linger here for a while). TomTom once again found spot for car and I continued up the track.This track was scary in places as its dark below the trees and the ground was uneven in places.Would be better in a high axle car or Jeep style vehicle. Parked in a tight but passable spot.With me still sore from the previous one and the burning sensation in my heel starting up as soon as I got out of the car ( The painkillers were wearing off) I set off,but after only a short time walking up what felt like a vertical path ,I could not go any further!! Frustration just made the pain worse and I quickly got back to my car! I had no signal on my phone until getting close to Oswestry where I again cancelled the alert.
I had to be satisfied with 4 points today,which leaves me just outside the top 70!
I am determined (before I have to stop activating for a while),I want to achieve my goal,so will need a couple of 1 pointers to do it.
The positives where: The path up NW-034 gave some magnificent views,it was also a unique for me and I had good WX for a change. Also I will have to return to that hidden lake for a day trip Tourist style with a picnic and the wife!