Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Bryn Hafod

 

A few pics of Bryn Hafod, the Stafford Mountain Club Hut and our residence last weekend.  The The word hafod is Welsh for 'summer dwelling' or 'farm', and refers to the seasonal cycle of transhumance - the movement of livestock and people from a lowland winter pasture at the main residence (Welsh hendre) to a higher summer pasture from roughly May through October.   This way of life was common up until around the early 20th century when the desire for a permanent dwelling and settled life brought it to an end.

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We woke up Sunday morning to glorious sunshine on the crags and hills to be seen from the door of the hut

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The water supply

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Set at the head of the magnificent Cwm Cywarch this was a great place to stay in the Aran Mountains of Mid Wales within easy reach of Cadair Idris.

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