Y Dyn Gwyllt : Tri Thymor
S4C | 3 x 60minutes
After successfully surviving for five days in the wild near his hometown of Porthmadog, the ‘wild man’ returns with a brand new challenge.
The three-part S4C series Y Dyn Gwyllt: Tri Thymor sees Carwyn Jones return to the wild with his faithful dog Gwen as he tries to live self-sufficiently in three unfamiliar areas and in three different seasons of the year.
“At the beginning of each challenge, I think, ‘oh my God, what am I doing here’. You can prepare as much as you like before getting there – how the landscape is going to be, what you’re going to eat – but you always have to adjust and you never know what’s going to happen.”
In the first programme, Carwyn leaves the familiar terrain of Porthmadog for the Pembrokeshire coast in summer; relying on his bush craft skills to survive and by hunting and foraging for food.
“Out of the three challenges, Pembrokeshire was the toughest,” says Carwyn. “The area is known for its beauty and fertility, but this was the first time I’d ventured beyond my local area and I was a bit naive. The ground was a lot barer than I expected and the typical summer weather didn’t help either!”
Also in the series, Carwyn will go to the Brecon Beacons in autumn before returning to his native Snowdonia in winter.
“I enjoyed the Beacons experience the best,” he said. “It was more comfortable and felt more like home. Trying to survive and not catch hypothermia was all I could do in mid-winter in Snowdonia!”
But what’s the appeal of escaping to the wild and leaving the home comforts of modern life behind?
“When I go out on my own, what I try to do is to live comfortably with wildlife. It’s an adventure, you’re always busy and more importantly, it’s like therapy for me and I feel like a new man every time I come back to the real world.”