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Y Golfa 2003


This summit was activated by myself, accompanied by Shirley MW0YLS on Wednesday 31st December 2003.    Click to return to summit index


SOTA Beam on summit of Y Golfa NW-061    Tom M1EYP on Y Golfa NW-061

We met at the entrance to Barn Farm on the A458 west of Welshpool, and followed the PROW up from here.  The first part of the path was badly eroded and appeared collapsed, making for a vertigo moment not normally experience so early in a walk!  We followed the path a a couple of fields to the ridge, from where a well-defined and signed path, not indicated on the OS map, took us right up to the trig point.  Unsurprisingly, John GW4BVE was first up, followed by regulars Dave M0DFA and Geoff G0MXR, and three more stations.  The station set-up was a combination of Shirley's FT817 (with more charge in the batteries than mine), and my SOTA Beam.  We alternated the QSOing and calling, affording me opportunity to enjoy some hot Lobster Bisque from my flask! After descent we decided to investigate the possibility of activating Upper Park GW/MW-032.   We met a farm worker at the start of the path with whom we discussed the possibilities of reaching the summit.  There is no PROW to the summit; it is reached via a network of forest rides.  As it was, the one we could have used with permission would have been too long to complete in the deteriorating daylight, and we instead took up another invitation for a cup of tea at John GW4BVE's house. After using all my resilience to turn-down the appealling offer of Judy's home-made chicken lasagne (only because I had a table booking with two other hostellers at the pub), I set off back to Bridges for the evening.  That night I had the crab claw, followed by the Shropshire sirloin steak, and more Spitfire ale.  It was superb, and I would highly recommend this inn for a meal after a day's walking.

Shirley MW0YLS on Y Golfa NW-061

Thanks to the following stations worked, all on 2m FM with 2.5 watts, except for the first where 0.5 watts was used:

GW4BVE/M Welshpool John
M0DFA Shrewsbury Dave
G0MXR Lymm Geoff
G4VXW Leigh Robin
MW1LCR/M Chirk Adrian
M3NRL Kelsall Alan