The path widened out after a while so Nomis followed the marker piles of little stones, as the track became less obvious. Tylwyth Teg paths were always set in places that Dynols found rather inaccessible, so they were not disturbed very much. Sometimes the ways would become wider and more obvious when used as part of a small mammal’s run, even occasionally diving underground or going beneath a shady roof of matted grass or a musty pile of leaves. This particular path ran, for the most part, above ground all the way from the Great Tower around the outside of the Kitchen Tower, to the other side of the Hunters’ Tower.
The Kitchen Tower protruded into the moat like his own tower, leaving a narrow ledge at its base. The only time that the pathway became impassable here was during late autumn when the sluice gate, allowing the stream water to escape the confines of the moat, became blocked by falling twigs and leaves during the ferocious gales. The Dynols soon unblocked it, though, as the meadow on the seaward side tended to become flooded, making the track from the town up to the barbican slope and drawbridge a deep quagmire.
After walking steadily for two hours or so, and having eaten some of his honey Bara, Nomis reached the north-eastern face of the Hunters’ Tower without any mishaps. He shinned up a cow-parsley stem, rather like climbing a rope, to check his progress and was immediately impressed by the beauty of the sea. It had always appealed to him, shimmering so far away, so vast, yet so bright, blue and beckoning.
The twin headlands of Dinas Isle and Morfa, with the river winding down past the sand dunes into the bay, made a tranquil picture framed by the blue summer sky.
He double-checked his position on the map with his surroundings, whilst perched on a leaf bract. He estimated that the clump of purple viper’s bugloss should be up near the curtain wall of the castle, in some dry sandy soil. He soon spotted it growing to about six times his own height. When he reached the plant, he noticed it was quite hairy, having heart-shaped upper leaves with flowers that ranged