Walk up Esgair Fraith

Esgair Fraith Cairn

A View in All Directions

Information

Name: Walk up Esgair Fraith

Location: On Sarn Helen – 5 miles / 15 minutes 

Description

The summit of Esgair Fraith is 415m – it is in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains and has a Bronze Age cairn at the top. On a clear day you can see the western edge of the Brecon Beacons to the east. To the south you can see the highest peak of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire. To the west, you can see the sea at Aberaeron. To the North you can see the Cambrian Mountains and the foothills of Snowdonia. 

Its not a long walk if you park by the old Roman road of Sarn Helen. Just a 5 minute walk along the track, through the gate (or over the stile) and then climb the grassy path to the cairn at the top of the hill. Red Kites, Buzzards and Skylarks will be sharing the view with you.

Our cottages are only 5 miles away from this brilliant vantage point, so we visit often. If you want to stretch your legs further, there are brilliant walks through the neighbouring Clywedog Forest Plantation too as well as a longer walk to a nearby lake.

If you are lucky you may even get to see RAF jets fly by – this has happened to us a couple of times.

There is another historic site on the other side of the Sarn Helen road which is only a few minutes walk. Carreg Y Bwci ( The Goblin Stone) is a site of national importance. Thought to have originally been a Bronze Age burial chamber with standing stone circle, it was then probably used as a Roman signal station – like something from Lord of the Rings!

Both sites can be visited in less than a couple of hours – although you may want to stop and sit a while to take in the amazing views – taking a picnic is recommended!

May at Coedmor Fach

Another month in lockdown…but we can’t complain with such glorious weather and stunning views. We’ve continued staying close to home enjoying our gardens and meadows.

Meadow View
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Wild Irises

We’ve also been busy with decorating Woodpecker Cottage and renovating the bathroom.

Bathroom renovations for Woodpecker Cottage.

Shopping for new furnishings has all had to be done online, but thankfully we have managed to get most things we need delivered. We’ve invested in quality Egyptian cotton bedding for a touch of luxury and it’s been great fun choosing the decor. Can’t wait to get the decorating finished and get the rooms dressed so we can take some new pictures!

It has been a frustrating month for everyone with limits on travel and seeing loved ones. Here in Wales, restrictions have been extra severe as we had to stay very local. So we’ve not been able to explore all the amazing places around us yet. We are, however, making the most of our location which is a constant delight to us. If you wake up early, you are rewarded with some remarkable sights.

Sunrise over the Cambrian Mountains viewed from our meadow.

On clear days you can see the Cambrian Mountains in the distance which is magical and there is often mist in the valley below us which gradually lifts as the sun rises.

Misty May Morning
Our neighbours in the meadow below.

The views are enchanting at any time of day and we have had another month of unbelievable sunshine and summer temperatures. 🔥

Even Ziggy appreciates the views (or had he just seen a hare in the meadow)?

It has even been warm enough for BBQs and dinner in the garden this month.

Dinner with a View

Then to round off the evening, a glorious sunset.

Happily, we are going to be allowed more freedom in June – we have to continue to stay local, but we are allowed to drive to go for a walk so we can start visiting some of the beautiful spaces around us. Can’t wait to share them with you!

New Beginnings in Wales

How it Began

They say “Nothing worth having comes easy”. Well, our relocation to Wales has certainly been eventful! After 6 months of conveyancing and collapsing chains, we finally moved into our new home on 17th March 2020, ready to take over the running of Coedmor Cottages and enjoy all the amazing places Mid-West Wales has to offer. 6 days later, we found ourselves in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Not the start to our new life in the country we were hoping for…but we could be in a worse place!

Zena, Leigh & Ziggy

We are disappointed that we had to cancel the bookings already in the diary for March & April. But looking on the bright side, it means that we have extra time to work on the cottages before we have any guests to stay. We have spent our first 2 weeks settling in, exploring the beautiful walks that we can do from our doorstep and writing the new Coedmor Cottages website.

The view from the walk to the top of the hill behind the cottages

We managed one trip out to Penbryn Beach a couple of days before lockdown…we won’t be allowed to drive anywhere for walks for a while so we’re glad we had one visit to the seaside to keep us going. 

Penbryn Beach, Cardigan Bay
Penbryn Beach
Leigh & Ziggy at Penbryn Beach

Social distancing is tough for everyone but we feel blessed that we moved before the restrictions started and we are in such a beautiful place. We have 4 acres of our own land to wander and have already spotted a pair of Red Kites building a nest in the valley below. There is so much open land around us it is easy to walk without seeing another soul.

What’s next?

We’re going to start work on renovating Woodpecker & Red Kite cottages – new furniture and furnishings and a new shower for Woodpecker too. Interiors are a big passion of mine, so I can’t wait to get started! 👩‍🎨

The Cottages