The view from the top of the Blorenge with the Skirrid in the distance.
One man and his rescue dog
Andy White from London picked up his rescue dog from Battersea Dog’s Home just six weeks ago and last week, the two of them spent 4 days with us in the Skirrid cottage. Both made themselves at home very quickly and enjoyed a fine spell of weather to explore the farm and the local area.
Andy took some great photographs while he was here and was kind enough to share a few to share on this blog.
I love the one taken in our top field. Upper Glyn Farm occupies land on both side of the valley and at this time of year the hay has been cut so Andy could let his new dog explore the open space. Just beyond the ridge in the picture is a viewing point looking down to the Severn Estuary, Severn Bridges and Bristol beyond. The overall impression is one of trees, sky and plenty of safe space to play and explore.
The aptly named James Walker, his partner and dog Raposa made the most of their visit in the Blorenge cottage at the weekend. We have named the three cottages after the local hills Skirrid, Sugar Loaf and Blorenge and we were impressed that during their stay they climbed the Skirrid and Sugar Loaf on consecutive days. Good effort.
Hope they return to complete the trio. The Blorenge has the steepest walking climb in south Wales up the eastern facing slope with a wonderful rewarding view from the top but there are less challenging ways to reach the summit depending on your preference and fitness.
We know all three hills very well and can suggest walks or lead you on a guided walk.
The Blorenge has a rich industrial past as the gateway to the Welsh valleys with its coal and ironworks. You can learn about this fascinating period of the industrial revolution on your trip or read the excellent Rape of the Fair Country by Alexander Cordell, which explores the Welsh iron-making communities of Blaenavon and Nantyglo in the 19th century and the rise of trade unions and the chartists.