No blog post yesterday as that was my wife’s birthday and we had decided on a day out together. So once the kids were all packed off to school it was just the two of us… plus the puppy of course!
First stop was Monmouth to purchase some new laces for my walking boots as the old pair had given up the ghost, and then a stop at Costa – a regular haunt of ours on days out – for coffee (skinny caramel latte) and breakfast (sausage and egg sandwich), enjoying the morning sunshine as we sat outside.
My significant other had already done her research for dog-friendly places to visit for lunch with walking nearby and decided that she liked the sound of the Felin Fach Griffin which, with talk of simple but delicious food and local produce sounded lovely, so off we set onto the A40 towards Abergavenny, where we would pick up the road to Crickhowell and eventually Felinfach.
Unfortunately there are road alterations taking place on the Heads Of The Valleys road, meaning that our desired exit was closed and my trusty mobile phone’s navigation app re-routed us to the next available exit, which turned out to be a rather steep and narrow up Church Road through Llanelly and on what soon felt like a magical mystery tour up to a sharp almost U-turn in the shadow of what at first glance resembled a single standing stone on top of the hill.
We later learned that this was known as The Lonely Shepherd, and is a limestone rock carved and left in the early 1800s by workers at the nearby Daren Cilau quarryworks on Llangattock Mountain (also known as Mynydd Llangatwg).
Deciding that we had plenty of time before lunch, at that our four-legged companion could do with a little exercise, we parked that car at the next available spot, which was at the side of what I think is called the Hafod road just after the turning down the hill towards the Wern Trekking & Riding Centre – which will now be on my good lady’s list of places to visit.
From there we walked along the straight and narrow road past the old stone sheep dip until we reached a proper car park (typically enough!) some minutes later.
At that point we left the road, followed the track to the edge of the car park and then headed up the side of the hill until we reached the quarry and some long-since abandoned structure at the edge of the old Bailey’s Tramroad.
Once we had admired the views, and our furry companion had explored to her heart’s content and restrained herself from chasing any of the sheep – and they were wonderful on a lovely sunny day – we headed back to the car for the rest of the drive to Felinfach.
Upon arrival at the Griffin, however, it quickly became obvious to us that their idea of simple food and ours were quite different things. The food on offer there may be very nice, but wasn’t for us I’m afraid.
So we piled back into the car and headed down the road to nearby Brecon, where we visited The Cafe on the High Street. Now, it must be confessed that we have been there more than once in the past, having first discovered it on our way home on the last day of our honeymoon in 2011.
As before, the service was quick and friendly and it wasn’t long before our lunch arrived. Jacket potato with a lovely spicy homemade chile con carne, followed by their wonderful victoria sponge. Now that’s nice and simple food, and delicious too.
Then it was time to head back to reality with kids needing picking up from school etc., but it was a lovely day out while it lasted. OK, so it wasn’t misty and there was no actual hopping done on the mountain, but the birthday girl certainly had a great day out, so job done and here’s looking forward to our next excursion together…