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Monday, 17 February 2014

Lleyn Peninsula Marilyns slideshow,

I have been aware of different spellings for this place-name. I have used the one shown in the title above consitently, but only bothered to research the issue today. Here is an extract from Wikipedia's entry:

The name Llŷn is also sometimes spelled Lleyn, although this spelling is now less common and is generally considered to be an anglicisation.

Here is a link to a short slideshow of the pics I took on my camera as opposed the ones shown on my posts taken with the iPad-mini. Some pictures are blurred especially on summits - it was impossible to hold the camera still in the strong winds. The iPad was even worse, vibrating like a piece of cardboard stuck out of a car window. Also seeing anything useful in the so called viewfinders was often a problem.

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If you click on the first picture you should then see the full screen version.


gimmer said...

Excellent - easy to see why you found the area so enjoyable and the walking so rewarding: how varied the scenery is in such a small compass- a microcosm of mountains, one might say:
a geologist would probably exclaim 'wow, a classic Ordovician landscape'.
Yr Eifl is recognisable from everywhere - a 'perfect' top.

welshpaddler said...

Bin there! Well most of it.

have you any idea what the metal structure represents on the summit of Yr Eifl?

I tried OS but they ignored my query and gave me a history of trig points!

welshpaddler said...

Bin there! Well most of it.

have you any idea what the metal structure represents on the summit of Yr Eifl?

I tried OS but they ignored my query and gave me a history of trig points!

m said...

Absolutely spectacular!

mike M said...

dang...m would be me.

The Crow said...

What m said! Great views - easy to understand why you like to of the reasons, anyway.

Sir Hugh said...

gimmer - I neglected Wales for many years based on myths about dour, bad tempered people who start speaking Welsh to demonstrate anti-Englishness when one appeared.

When I walked the boundary in 2011, I consistently experienced kindness way beyond the norm. People were not only kind, but would put themselves out to be helpful in many different ways. Yes, they do speak Welsh and I have no problem with that - IT IS THEIR LANGUAGE.

Then there is the scenery. You would be hard put to find such a long coastline of consistent beauty anywhere, and the interior mountain country has a wildness and serious grandeur giving it a grown up feel compared with the Lake District's kindergarten aspect.

Would that I had discovered all this many more years ago.


Welshpaddler - I have combed the Internet about the iron structure cemented into the trig point on Yr Eifl in the form of a number 4 with smaller flanking letters A and H. The only explanation I could find is that it relates to part of the local post code. If I can find out more I will let you know. It would have been no small task to manufacture this object and put it in place.


Mike M - thanks. These hills are generally under 2000 ft, but mainly climbed from not much above sea level but they give a good enough challenge to provide a great deal of satisfaction and inner glow.


The Crow - "…one of the reasons…”. Providing the other reasons is the endless task of many, but those who demand explanations just demonstrate that by asking the question they will never understand.

It may be a literary cop out, but I prefer to just get on and enjoy what I do without delving too much into the metaphysics.

The Crow said...


I didn't express myself very well.

I didn't expect a listing of all the reasons (and I presumed there were more than one) for climbing. I wrote the quoted phrase in recognition of the probability there were others so as not to sound dismissive of your feats...and, I suppose, to let you know I passively enjoy the views you've published, too. (I need to practice better writing, I see.)

The images that took my breath away this time were the ones where the sunlight peeked out from under the cloud banks that looked close enough to catch in your hands. Saying that I appreciate the beauty of (all) your images doesn't fully do my response to them justice; but will have to do. (Sometimes I imagine I'm at the summits where all I need do is put my arms out to my sides, lean forward slightly and fly away. Weird, huh?)

Thank you for sharing your adventures with those of us who likely will always remain earthbound at lower elevations, being to afraid to do more than that.

Sir Hugh said...

Hi Martha - Without reservation, I count you as one of the enlightened ones who understands.

Blonde Two said...

I feel inspired to return to Wales. I don't visit often enough but used to. My epiphanic "I love walking" moment was as a teenager on a geography field trip to LLanrug.

The centre, owned by Worcstershire County Council is now sadly faced with closure. It saddens me to think that other youngsters will miss out on that particular opportunity.