Merlin’s First “Hill” Hill

No battle for the bed last night. Merlin had only tried once to jump up and then given up settling on his own bed instead. Good boy.

Got up just after 7 and had my cuppa with a view although it was fresh and overcast today. Nice for a change, the view still lovely. Breakfast at 10am and then off to Kinnerton, only a 10min drive away.

I had been there before and climbed Bache Hill a Welsh 2000 at 610m and thought it would be a great easy first proper hill not just in name for Merlin with awesome views for us humans.

Parked up at the edge of Ednol Hill forest. Half of the walk was through the forest and Merlin had great fun off lead darting left and right. The air was rich with the smell of pine and full of bird song. Saw and heard a couple of Chaffinches. It was still overcast with an ever so light breeze so the pooch didn’t get too hot.

Dropped out of the forest onto a bridleway with fantastic views across the undulating green landscape all the way to the Brecon Beacons… and a gazillion sheep droppings underfoot. Not so much an issue when you’re walking by yourself. With a dog who likes to pick them up and chew on them it’s a very different situation.

All we could do was keep him on a super short lead and reward all the time for not paying any attention to the “super yummy” food all around. It worked fairly well I’d say, but was hard work.

Made it to the top after 40mins of leisurely walking from where we had parked the car. Merlin had done well and bagged his first proper hill and Welsh 2000. Fantastic views all around despite lots of cloud and haze with Pen y Fan and Corn Du clearly discernable, in fact the whole of the Brecon Beacons laid out perfectly in the distance. Add the Shropshire Hills, Malverns and Plumlumon and you get the 360 view.

On top of Bache Hill.
Enjoying a rest and the view.
Heading back down.

Short break before we headed back down. Once more we had to keep Merlin from stuffing his face with things he’s not supposed to eat and we were glad when we reached the forestry again. Gentle stroll back to the car, doggy getting tired now.

Last stretch

Lovely short walk in human terms, but 5k had been plenty for little Merlin and we’d rather do too little than too much. Back at our hut for 1pm. I was ready for a snooze and then drove the 5 mins into Presteigne for a top up shop and to get some takeaway coffees whilst the boys chilled.

The sun came out for a bit later in the afternoon and we just chilled, reading and resting, warmed up our left over chili for dinner and watched some Netflix. Good times.

Back home tomorrow, boo. But not without the odd stop here or there. Looking forward to the journey.

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