Sunday was a more of a relaxing day, with just a couple of Marilyns to ‘bag’ before the journey home. Rather than opt for a rather long North to South traverse, we decided to attack these two hills from the col sat between them. Having packed the tents up we probably left the campsite in Cwmdu at about 11:00.
We flew up Mynydd Troed, which is very steep in places from this direction, and has a number of false summits. Maybe the top 100m was encompassed in cloud, which was a shame as the view of Llangorse Lake was fantastic on the way up. Eventually we reached the trig point, upon which some riders had left their waterproof trousers.
Descending from Mynydd Troedd was more problematic due to the severity of the slope. Not liking slopes of this nature I took to the bracken and sped down as quickly as I could, arriving at the col a full 15 minutes before Bob and Andy. Whilst I was there a labrador type dog was staring at me. I did not think anything of this until I walked across the road and read a missing dog poster for an identical dog called Willow. I’ll come back to this story a little later.
I was feeling a lot fitter than I had the previous day, and was moving much more quickly. I enjoyed the walk up Mynydd Llangorse, taking the Marilyn count to 3 for the weekend, and the cloud was not problematic by the time we were on top.
Andy suggested descending alonong an alternative path heading directly down to the valley, avoiding backtracking again. Bob and I concurred, and so we followed off down the hill. Before long we came across a farmer with a gun, and the owner of the missing dog. Not being totally sure that it was the same dog, we told him that I thought I had seen Willow at the Bwlch, heading down the road towards Cwmdu. We carried on down to the car, got changed and eventually set off home.
Driving back down this road we saw the dog again, and his owner was only 100m away. The dog had scarpered by this point, but we left the owner in the same field as him, hopefully they reunited at some point that day!
Weather:Overcast, intermittent cloud
Accompanied by:Bob Chartriss and Andy Brown
0609m Mynydd Troed
0515m Mynydd Llangorse