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Hafod Ithel MW-029

 

Hafod Ithel, GW/MW-029 - 361m ASL - SN 610 678 - OS Explorer 199 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

Road Trip - Day 1 - Saturday 16th February 2013

We'd had a late night on the Friday as a result of going to watch the incomparable John Shuttleworth at Buxton Opera House. Hence it was a rather decadent departure time of 10.30am for our 4th annual Road Trip. Liam was in charge of the road atlas, and directed me along the M56 and down the A483 to Welshpool.  During the drive, it was fun to listen in to Mickey 2E0YYY's activation of Titterstone Clee Hill G/WB-004, including two contacts with him on 2m FM. One as M1EYP/M near Oswestry, and then as MW1EYP/M near Welshpool. We then turned west and headed through Newtown and over to Aberystwyth.

Liam ready for the off    Costa Coffee, near Wrexham

Snack lunch at Costa Coffee        Parking area at Hafod Ithel

From here it was A487, A485 and B4576 to Llangwyryfon, taking the second left out of the village to climb up the narrow twisty lanes to a wide grassy parking area on the shoulder of Hafod Ithel GW/MW-029. From here it is an easy stroll of less than five minutes up to the trig point. Two ladies were sat there as we arrived. As we started taking photos, they asked if we wanted them to move out of the way. "It depends how you feel about appearing on my website next week" I replied. They decided to stay where they were!

Summit of Hafod Ithel    Liam & Tom

Nintendo 3DS time    40m dipole

Liam and I dropped off the summit a short distance to get some marginal shelter from the cold breeze. Liam, as ever, spent his newly earned playcoins awarded according to the pedometer in his Nintendo 3DS, and settled into a session of gameplay. On 40m CW, with the (single band) dipole and HB1B, I rattled off 22 QSOs in 15 minutes. After packing away, a call on 2m FM from the HT added one more to the log, the very same station that Jimmy had worked from here the previous summer.  Many thanks to the following callers who worked me:

G4SSH

40m

CW

OM73DX

40m

CW

G0NUP

40m

CW

G4FGJ

40m

CW

HB9CMI

40m

CW

G3XQE

40m

CW

HB9AGO

40m

CW

PA0SKP

40m

CW

DL1FU

40m

CW

ON4CAP

40m

CW

G4OWG

40m

CW

DL1DVE

40m

CW

DM3SWD

40m

CW

F5SQA

40m

CW

HA3QS

40m

CW

DL6AP

40m

CW

OE7PHI

40m

CW

G0VOF

40m

CW

DF5WA

40m

CW

PA0B

40m

CW

ON6ZQ

40m

CW

G4OBK

40m

CW

MW3WSC

2m

FM

Back in the car we completed our journey to St Dogmaels, the official starting point of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which is near Cardigan. We marked the occasion with some photos and a drink in the adjacent pub, before driving down to Newport and then Goodwick as directed by Liam.

Wind farm visible from Hafod Ithel    Liam at St Dogmaels

Marker stone for the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path        Liam at the start of the trail

We now made our way to Porthgain, and The Shed fish & chip restaurant that we had wanted to visit. I started with mussels, then went on to cod and chips, most enjoyable. It was now well past 9pm and we hadn't secured any accommodation for the evening. The hostel in Trefin was full, but just down the road we got in at a lovely B&B attached to a large art & design studio. The proprietors were also professional book packagers and authors.  Liam went to bed, while I watched the FA Cup highlights on the telly.  We slept well ahead of Day 2, in which we would activate Foel Cwmcerwyn GW/MW-011.

The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels    Goodwick

Newport    Fishguard

The Shed    Fish & chips at The Shed

Hafod Ithel 2012