Thursday, 24 October 2013

Wales & Borders - October 2013 Trip - Day Two: 6. The Begwns (The Roundabout) MW-025

The Begwns is a piece of upland moorland near to Painscastle in Mid Wales owned by the National Trust. A 15 minute walk from the car took us to the Marilyn summit of GW/MW-025 which provided us with panoramic views towards the Brecon Beacons, where we had been the previous day when we bagged  Ysgyrd Fawr. The view also encompasses the Black Mountains. 

The Roundabout, a millenium project, is a feature at the top. This is a circular dry stone wall which encloses a stand of pine trees and a stone circular seat which is where we are pictured:

Taking a rest at The Begwns MW-025 after our sixth activation of the day
Only five contacts were made from The Begwns. We never heard Don G0RQL, probably on account of the take off to the south. The best DX we could manage therefore was G4TCU in Dudley, a distance of 87 Km or 54 miles.

Setting up at The Begwns MW-025:  Yaesu FT-1500M 30 watts and vertical dipole
It was a fifty mile drive back to Hereford, and the KFC there for some of our favourite (go large) fast food. Job done -  another six unique summits activated in the day.  Tomorrow (Friday) would be a linear road trip for me, with Geoff driving us further north from Malvern to four summits in the Mid Wales and Welsh Borders areas before dropping me off at Church Stretton railway station from where I would return home to North Yorkshire by train. 

Day Two: Six summits - distance walked 12 miles with 2550 ft ascent

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