Oof okay that was 5 hours / 13km this time. It takes so long cause I'm having to pedantically mark every kissing gate / stile, plus search hedgerows to try and find where the foot path is *supposed to be*. Stiles in the middle of an overgrown hedge, or footpath routes entirely filled with brambles, are something I'm having to deal with in my adventures. It's fun though :blobcat:

Himalayan Balsam is pretty when flowering, but it's actually a very invasive and tenacious species that's not native to Wales. The councils have practically given up trying to control it, and it now runs rampant along many Welsh riverbanks. I believe this is bad for other species and it's unfortunate it flourishes here.

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(i post all these pics public cause i can't imagine a reality where folks don't want to look at blessed wales)

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After a while I turned away from the Towy and followed Afon Gwili up towards the nearby Abergwili. Some nice shots of the river doing its thing.

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This is what yer boy has to deal with. This is a "foot path" in the sense that only disembodied feet would fit down it without getting prickled. You need an iron hide, ruthless determination and limitless strength to persevere here. Lucky for you, I am all of these things. Yeah. Welsh footpaths, everybody.

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This is kind of cool though: I've no idea how old these are, but I've been finding some stone stiles instead of the more common wooden stiles. They look really old, though perhaps that's just wishful thinking.

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And finally, to round of the thread: I found some more beautiful friends :blobcatlove: They were excited to meet me and followed me around the field lol

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@pfx this is quickly going to turn into a dirty place name thread if you're not careful


@pfx presumably flows out somewhere near Shag Cove or whatever the fuck it was


@Awizardofearthsea shag hole bay is not too far from here, yes. down pembrokeshire way. the welsh should know not to name things with humpin' on the brain


@pfx "Shag Hole Bay" even better than I remembered, lol


@Awizardofearthsea yup XD the one next the monk's haven, for absolutely no reason

@charlag i'm going to karen at the council and see if they sort it out. the footpath signs are pretty awful too, i went through a farm where they had to add handmade signs cause presumably they got sick of directing lost ramblers in their yard lol

@hummingrain They were very friendly! Looks like they're well cared for too, their field was massive and they seemed pretty content. Nice friends!

@pfx awww yeah a proper good ramble! I miss those paths in England; never quite made it to Wales on the last go. Next time for sure because these paths look amazing!

And always boost cute horses. ^_^

@bouncinglime Wales has some great paths, and the scenery is pretty unique. Derbyshire in England can be similar at times, but it's just a different vibe. Welsh footpaths are lots of fun!

@pfx The biggest excursion we made (away from home near Coventry) was down to the New Forest, and that was Most Excellent as well. So many ponies everywhere! Slightly terrifying when a gang comes galloping at you, but still. Worth it.

@bouncinglime That sounds great! I've never been down there before.

@pfx lovely thread!! Carmarthenshire is largely undiscovered for me. I've done a bit of the gwendraeth valley & the estuary but not much else!

@pfx looks like you need some secateurs when you go walking! And thick clothing

@CornishRepublicanArmy I might get one actually, I come across this a lot.

@ljwrites I have this tiny Swiss army knife I did try to use, but a machette would have been very useful!

@pfx this is within walking distance of your house? 100% would do this all day too

@becky furthest I've travelled from home is 7km, and I've done that by walking. So yeah really local, if you know where to look!

@pfx nice, are you using os maps to find the paths?

@becky mapthepaths.org.uk/?mode=0 then gps trace of the route then into openstreetmap, as direct imports of the council data that map the paths uses is illegal due to license incompatibilities

@pfx oh that looks cool. Some people have chosen interesting ‘paths’ to map in my town apparently

@Awizardofearthsea the Towy is great round here, it's a wide flat river valley with a big thick weaving river that's very close to being an estuary. The soil is heavy clay, lush with thick silage grass and frequently saturated. Then a few hills in the area, none too tall, and you have a picture of the local area :)

@pfx sounds simply lovely. Would you describe the river as "meandering"?

@Awizardofearthsea oh yeah I meant to say that, I'm in a role play session and listening while typing

@Awizardofearthsea oh idk what exactly you meant here, but meandering is exactly what the river is doing, that's the geographical term for it. that's prolly what you mean tbut in just in case ;)

@pfx yeah, I was saying that it was perfect that it was meandering as I both love the word and the actual feature. Though "woven" river is also cool

@Awizardofearthsea this is extremely meandering, to the point where there are oxbow lakes and less neat messy stuff where the river's wiggled around a lot. i assume the administrative boundary used to be in the centre of the river at one point, but it very clearly isn't in a lot of places cause of river movement

@pfx Nice...I would love to be poling along it in a little flat bottom boat right now...

@Awizardofearthsea you know bout coracles yeah? there's a coracle club in the river just west of that area, they go boating :D

@pfx I'm falling asleep right now and I'm six hours ahead of you lol, so I forgive you

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@pfx oh yes, I very much want to check out some coracles, we don't have them in the states. I have a very fantasy of somehow getting a Fulbright to study Celtic boat lore, idk what my report would be on. Just 50 pages of "boats are cool"

@Awizardofearthsea yeah they're well cool, we have coracle associations all over the place here. idk if i could get you a test drive in one but i imagine there are places you can hire them, it's a touristy thing to do i guess

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@pfx are you telling me that *Himalayan* Balsam is not from Wales? damn....

@CornishRepublicanArmy @pfx Next thing, you'll be saying that Japanese Knotweed isn't from Wales either!

@pfx This stuff grows in rural places all across the UK. There's loads of it in the Peak District too. It may be pretty, but it can easily destroy entire ecosystems. Uproot it wherever possible.

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