Monday, 21 January 2013

Drosgl and Aber Falls

This week we deviated from our normal walking day of Friday, and walked on Saturday, just as well really as Friday was not a great day weather wise in our part of the world, Saturday was a bit gloomy as we set off from Buckley, but by the time we reached Aber, there was some blue sky about and the promise of a good day set us off with a spring in our step. The days target was a mountain we had not done before, at 758m Drosgl is not one of the biggest but it sure was a test.

But firstly we walked down the valley to Aber Falls, and to the foot of the big waterfall, it looked amazing as the ice cold water crashed down its Icy fall. Then it was off onto the lower slopes of Drosgl, and the wind picked up, and picked up and got colder. By the time we hit the top it was arctic, the wind chill must have been well into double minus figures!! But we did it.

We walked back skirting Moel Wnion, and back to Aber for a welcome coffee and Bara Brith in the lovely Cafe.

A great walk in really testing conditions, not a day for faint hearts in the snow and freezing winds, but great to be out and also again we saw some of our favourite wild Carneddau ponies, how they survive in such harsh conditions is amazing.

The bridge on the Afon Rhaeader near the start of the walk.


The lower slopes of Drosgl behind Sharon


The main falls at Aber, coated in ice


And from the side



Lovely patterns in the river ice


Looking across to Moel Wnion


Beautiful wild Carneddau Ponies




such a harsh environment they survive in




A steep climb ahead now!


but great views back to the valley head


getting very windy now, and it was a biting cold wind


nearly there!


done it, top of Drosgl, it was a quick photo and off the top, out of the wind for Sharons home made soup.....delicious.... and a hot coffee


Not many photos on the way back as the weather closed in a bit, but we did bump into another Pony, this one with an adorable little foal



Despite the elements giving us a real pasting, cant explain how freezing cold the wind was, it was a brilliant walk, in a beautiful part of North Wales, and with the bonus of the Ponies........ and we stayed dry again!!!


  1. All dramatic and impressive stuff this. The photography is as always better than excellent, and the ponies....well, the ponies are simply wonderful.

  2. Great effort, very satisfying to test yourself against the elements. Superb photography and I love the ponies. Dave D

  3. Such a beautiful post in so many ways.

  4. Brrrr!! Kudos to you both for braving the winds..what a prize though. Such beautiful country. I loved the waterfalls and the ponies..would love some of Sharon's soup about now too!!! Lol

  5. Wow, that waterflow is simply beautiful. Great shot.
    Greetings, Miklos