Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Pipe Dream


We went to Wales last weekend, after Mr Uphilldowndale had gallantly dug a route out of the rather localised dump of snow that arrived with us on Friday.

He wanted to take part in the Pipe Dream fell race at Dalgarrog .  Here are the pipes, running up there looks more like a nightmare than a dream to me, but fellrunners think differently than the rest, we know that .  The pipes are part of a hydro electricity scheme, they were originaly built to supply an aluminium plant*

Pipe Dream 2


We took the van and parked up at The Mynydd Climbing Club hut at the head of the Crafnant valley, and enjoyed a very pleasant evening in the company of some of the Pennine Fell Runners.

Blaen y nant_

The next day, Mr Uphilldowndale went out on his bike, I had a nice mooch around with my camera, the club ‘hut’ is the white building on the left.



 Crafnant valley

I found a friendly sheep


I think if you came back a little later in the spring, you’ll find the slopes covered with blue bells.

Bluebell bulbs_

As ever in Wales, gorgeous lichens and moss

moss and lichen wales_

I found some fungi, well I think that’s what they are, I’ve asked a man who knows, I’ll report back.


Fungi 3Fungi 1

* The site of the aluminium plant is now home to Surf Snowdonia, the photo is as dull as dishwater

Surf Snowdonia_

The video is far more exciting (sorry Gerry, you’ll need to go to the library).

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Pipe Dream

  1. Some lovely pics. I remember getting dragged up a few of them hills as a kid!

  2. Great photos. It all looks very picturesque albeit a little bleak and coldish. I really love the stone hedges. We don’t see any of them around here!

  3. In my younger days, I spent a happy week with a squad of fellow workers inside one of the equivalent pipes at the aluminium works in Fort William cleaning the peat off the inside of the pipes with a scrubbing brush.

    The surfing looks great fun (if you like that sort of thing). Very nice landscapes.

  4. After seeing that pool, and reading “surf,” I had to go look it up. I’d never heard of such a thing. I’m not quite sure what to think. I suppose if there’s no natural surfing possibility close by, it’s a reasonable proposition. It certainly puts our waterparks to shame!

  5. As always an interesting post and good pictures. Fascinating looking fungi. xx

  6. My ears are pinned back in wonder and amazement at the surf pool (I have acquired DSL service). I shake my head now, but I suppose fell runners and rock climbers and pool surfers will survive the Climate Apocalypse.

    The Wales landscape is very attractive. Piles and piles of rock, a nice lake, mosses and lichens and fungi and a friendly sheep – not an easy place to walk surely but worth the effort, and scarcely any chance of drowning myself or smashing my head into a pipe.

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