I’ve walked this area a few times making my way to the Moelwyns. This day was extremely windy, gale force in the valleys, which meant I wasn’t going high. It’s the Dolweddylan hillside with Moel Siabod above. The path meanders left towards a small bog area where you try to avoid sinking in mud. This time I was wearing boots, on previous occasions I’ve had sandals.

I saw patches of bluebells at a few places, notably the Penmachno valley, and scattered around elsewhere. With the Lake District, Wales and Scotland, you find flowers weeks after other parts of the country. Not convinced spring has arrived, they appear more slowly and carefully.

I know a few places in Wales which feel old, solitary, and fascinatingly battered. I like them very much. Woodland areas below the Rhinogs and here, both with twisted trees and harsh rocks. You find bogbean at the Rhinogs, an exotically pretty flower which surprises you in such conditions. There are lovely bluebells on slopes above Ullswater in the Lake District, more so at Rannerdale close to Buttermere. This was a new discovery, bluebells in Wales below windswept Moel Siabod.


Moel Siabod Bluebells

Thursday June 11, 2015