A Christmas Day walk up Graig Llanishen, north Cardiff

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

Sadly, any hopes of crunching my way through snow that was lying deep and crisp and even over the hillsides of north Cardiff were crushed by the bright sun that greeted Christmas Day.

Still, at least it wasn’t raining,  so I chirpily set off for my traditional climb around Graig Llanishen, which leads on to Caerphilly Mountain.

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

Looking south over central Cardiff, with Caerphilly Road reflecting the winter sun.

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

Looking east towards Bristol. I could see the Severn Bridge crossing in the far distance.

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

Casting a long shadow at the top of the hill. Caerphilly can be seen in the distance.

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

Looking up at the start of the Valleys.

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

This tree had come down during the recent storms.

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

It was a lovely day for a walk (although I still would have preferred lashings of the aforementioned white stuff!).

A Christmas Day stroll up Craig Llanishen, north Cardiff

A last look before I headed home for a well earned Christmas dinner.

Here’s how the walk looked in 2010 , when there plenty of lovely snow on the ground.