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Steam and Stones, 22 April 2023

11 of us found the favour of the weather gods today on my Steam & Stones walk, staying dry and mostly warm aside from the chilly wind up high. We made our way up the Grwyne Fawr valley towards the dam and reservoir where we had our first tea break and group photo. It was then onward alongside the reservoir before a few of us descended to the river to view the old water works building which is now maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association and is the smallest in the UK. It was cosy and had some provisions left behind should someone really need it. We then made our way back up to the main footpath before our ascent to the ridge, there were an unusually high number of people out today which we later found out was due to the Black Dragon Challenge walk taking place. Once on the ridge we had fantastic panoramic views as we made our way to our lunch spot a short distance from the summit of Chwarel y Fan. We had a few photos at the cairn and a minutes silence for our friend and fellow Rambler Richard Rys who sadly passed away recently. It was then a brief retrace of steps before our descent back to the forestry and the car park. There was only one new Rambler on today's walk and she deserves a special mention, Poppy take a bow, our new little spaniel that just didn't stop today!!