A Sunny Walk in The Beautiful Black Mountains
Written by @Bertie_Junior
as told by Artie the Baboon
Artie and I travel most months to stay with Bertie Cat his farmhouse in Wales where my person hosts nice homely Mountain Escapes for people. There is a lot of relaxing that happens in the lovely mountains – peaceful ambles, fireside snuggles, and there is a lot of cake as well.
Last Wednesday, the weather was really sunny and Artie said he’d like to go along on the walk. So off Artie went, riding on the top of my person’s rucksack.
It didn’t take very long for Artie to be loving the views. Just above the farm there was a nice rock to sit on, so Artie did.
The views were beautiful in every direction, so they took photos facing the other way too.
They carried on up the hillside, and Artie said it was a very lovely way to climb a hill but I think it is cheating a bit really. I have walked on my own paws as far as the tree by the wall that Artie is looking back at.
A bit further up the hillside, they reached the thinking rock. It’s a particularly lovely place to sit and imagine, or make a decision. Or just sit and quietly be. Artie sat there for a bit and said he felt amazing.
Then it was on up to the top of the hill where there was a cairn, which is a pile of stones to mark the way.
Artie carefully added a small stone to the cairn, which is a Traditional thing to do.
They carried on around the hillside and saw sheep and ponies and lovely views everywhere.
They stopped for elevenses by a spring and it was really hot and beautiful. There was a little lizardy thing sunbathing on the rock, but it was shy and scuttled away quickly when they arrived.
After elevenses they explored more tracks made by the sheeps and ponies, and chose a lovely track made by the mountain ponies that took them all the way up the valley. Then they rejoined the main path and climbed up a short cheeky steep bit to the top of a mountain called Twmpa in Welsh, or Lord Hereford’s Knob in English which is quite a funny name for a mountain.
The summit is 689m above sea level, so sometimes it gets all snuggled up in cloud. But on this day it was as clear as a clear thing!
After some lunch they started to walk along the lovely ridge back towards the farm. Artie soon found more exciting things. First of all he found a pond, way up on the top of the mountain. He sat and gazed into it for a while.
There were fluffy things growing by the pond & Artie soon found some more of them.
They tickled his nose.
After that there was a sandy bit, just like being at the beach! Artie sat and pondered about how all the sand had got up there. He thought about ice cream too, but there isn’t anywhere to buy ice cream at this sort of beach.
The sandy stuff also made the path really easy to follow and Artie could see way ahead to where they were going next.
Then there was a rocky bit & Artie sat there for a while too and wondered where the rocks had come from, because they were all broken up, but there was no up for them to have fallen down from.
They ambled along the path enjoying lovely views and lovely warm sunshine. After a little while they met a herd of wild ponies grazing. They looked beautiful with their manes blowing in the gentle mountain breeze. And there was a mummy sheep watching too, she stood right by the edge of the hillside and posed really nicely.
Finally, they dropped back down to the farm for tea and cake.
Artie told his friends all about his walk over a couple of bananas. I think it was a really beautiful walk. It was further than my paws can go, but I am really glad to see the pictures and share the walk that way. I hope you have enjoyed sharing his walk too.
With love and purrs from
(Miss) Bertie Junior xx