No risk, no reward.
One of my eyes has a cataract (working in tropics 4+ years plus life outdoors U.V.), so the vision is at a blur at normal reading distance; and if I pull my nice, laminated, detailed map up close, the eyes switch until about 3″ away, I can see.
I had always thought C.S. Lewis’ Shadowlands Golden Valley which Joy Gresham admired was Yorkshire Dales of James Harriot’s vet stories (which our cat Oscar is named after), and Taylors of Harrogate tea, so that had been 1 of my planned stops between Liverpool and Scottish highlands.
Instead, it’s Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire, here near Wales, a national Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
I was in Reading, and should have looked first to see that Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle is close, instead of in Yorkshire. Wales inns are quite full this weekend with English travelers seeking getaways; and when I was studying the map, realized Jane Austen’s Bath is not far from here, too (where they go in Persuasion with Ciarian Hinds).
So many places, so little time.
Garth Hill, cavinguk.co.uk
I wanted to hike up either North Cardiff’s Ffynnon Garw (Garth Mountain) or ‘Gyrn Moelfe,’ where ‘The Englishman who went up a Hill but came down a Mountain’ was filmed, pretending it was Ffynnon Garw, but was mixing up
Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain for LLanthaeadr-ym-Mochnant
and Llanfyllen for LLansilin, both near Oswestry.
Gyrn Moelfre, geograph.org.uk
This has become a paragliding site, as the beautiful view is like Yorkshire Dales:
However, Pen y Fan (below with Corn DU) has easier access, the 405 of climbing trails to the highest mountain summit in southern U.K., where 3 Special Forces soldiers died in training on a hot, humid July day. So tomorrow I’m headed to Brecon Beacons for 2 nights because I can pronounce it.