First batch of pictures from a recent family holiday in mid-Wales, staying in an isolated converted farmhouse some distance from the small village of Dyffryn Ardudwy (roughly pronounced Diff-rin Ar-did-ooee).

back view

View from the back window. Note the size of the stone blocks used in the barn! (The full picture is worth a view if only for the quizzical expression of the sheep by the gate…)

Dyffryn burial 2

The Dyffryn Ardudwy neolithic burial mound.

Dyffryn burial sign

Accompanying notice at the site entrance. Unlike recent signage, only part of the text is given in Welsh.


A traditional “packhorse bridge” surviving in an isolated valley. Impractical in an era of motorised transport, such bridges have largely disappeared.

Tumbledown wall

In common with much upland country in Britain, dry stone walls were widely used for demarcation. They are generally very sturdy, but this example is remarkable for its poor quality; mile after mile of this wall had completely or partly failed (perhaps because the long slabs used could slip too easily).

Precipice Walk

View of the somewhat extravagantly-named Precipice Walk around Foel Cynach near Dolgellau. A good walk for a clear day (which sadly this wasn’t). NB. Don’t be tempted to start from the parking area near Cymer Abbey – closed access routes mean a long walk round if you do…

Precipice lake

Lake behind Foel Cynach.

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