Water, water everywhere…

It sure has been wild, wet and windy in Wales over the New Year. But there’s one thing this sort of weather is great for: waterfalls. So, with my sister and brother-in-law visiting, we went over to Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales’s highest waterfall, for a look.

Pistyll Rhayader - see the spray being blown off the water

Pistyll Rhaeader – see the spray being blown off the water

We weren’t disappointed. It was a stunning sight, awesome in its noise and power. Standing on the bridge at the bottom of the fall, we got soaked in spray – photography was not the easiest thing – and when we scrambled up the path at the side, and reached the point where the spray was blowing into the trees, it was like taking  a shower inside a washing machine!

Getting wet on the bridge

Getting wet on the bridge

Then yesterday, we went to the Dyfi Forest, to Foel Friog, on the edge of the village of Aberllefenni, near Corris. There was no huge, dramatic waterfall here, but there were plenty of tumbling steps and mini falls, and lots of views of bracken-covered hills with their heads in the clouds.

A rushing, rocky stream in the Dyfi Forest

A rushing, rocky stream in the Dyfi Forest

Another interesting bit of stream...

Another interesting bit of stream…

There were also lots of fascinating old slate fences – this was a
slate-mining area, the forest only being planted after the mines had closed. So, I guess slate was the easiest, cheapest fencing material to come by…

A slate 'fence'

A slate ‘fence’

We then had the debate about whether this is a fence, or a wall. I think fence – because it’s not a solid structure; Graham thinks wall – because it’s made of stone… Anybody know which is right?

More slate fencing

More slate fencing

We’d had a relatively dry walk through the forest, but when we got out on to the road for the return leg, it started really hoiking it down, and by the time we got back to the car we were pretty drenched. Even Bertie looked fed up.

So, we nipped up the road to the Slater’s Arms in Corris, for a pint of Welsh-brewed Celt Experience ale, and a warm-up by the fire. It was wet, but it was worth it.

A couple of pints - and a couple of locals showing how it's done

A couple of pints – and a couple of locals showing how it’s done


10 thoughts on “Water, water everywhere…

  1. Great images Olivia – we were at Pistyll Rhaeadr a couple of months ago, and it was a trickle by comparison! I’d love to see it frozen – I got some great shots of Aber Falls frozen a couple of years ago.
    I guess that the current rain will keep the falls in impressive condition for some time.

  2. Exploring Pistyll Rhaeadr will linger long in the memory, as will the taste of the local ales. Good luck in seeking out further rain engorged river and falls! Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. Hi,
    I’d say the slate field boundaries are fences as the slates are often bound with wire. We get them a bit in Yorkshire too but only really, really old ones like around Haworth area. I love them.

    Great waterfall photos – I did a similar post which featured Pistyll Rhaeadr fairly strongly as it is certainly spectacular after rain. I think the Welsh waterfalls are about the best in the country in wet weather.

    • I definitely think fences! Thanks for the comment about the photos. I’d like to read your blog about Pistyll Rhaeadr – can I suggest that you put a search function on your blog? You’ve posted so much – so many interesting things – but it makes it difficult to find a specific topic. Thanks again.

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