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Banc Lluest Newydd (Pumlumon)



I approach heading south from the twin Carn Gwilym cairns which crown Carn Hyddgen, the landscape bathed in light so intense, so vivid... as to render the resulting colours beyond any description I might attempt. Some things are best left unsaid if we are to avoid the descent into pastiche..... save to give due credit to the 'lighting department'. Out of this world....

Sadly the scant remains of this small cairn do not do justice to the magnificent scenery this evening. Set above a small tarn, I must admit I'm by no means convinced that this is in fact the 'genuine' article. Having said that, the site is not one that one would perhaps expect the archetypal 'walker's cairn' to occupy, there being (arguably) much better potential locations nearby. Another for the 'await excavation - if ever' file, then.

The final, very steep descent to the Afon Hengwm affords a superb view toward Cwm Gwerin and Pen Pumlumon-Arwystli, shattered outcrops of rock rearing like proto-standing stones in the foreground. Pen Pumlumon-Fawr itself lies across the river, illuminated in blood red by the dying sun. Yeah, I wish I could stay and revel in it all for much longer... but nightfall approaches. As it must. And I've still a bit of a tramp to reach the car and (hopefully) sanctuary from the ghosts of any of Glyndwr's host still with issues to settle during the night. Nos da.
24th November 2012ce
Edited 25th November 2012ce

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