Final arrangements for day 1, Saturday 14 Sept. ( more details for days 2 and 3 to follow)
Sister Anna Larkins is organising a short service in the Abbey chapel to set us on our way. We can park in the visitors’ car park at the Abbey. The service will be at 10 am and we aim to be on our way by 10.20. We will walk down the Abbey drive, along Ty Coch Lane and the canal to Old Cwmbran and over the hill. Comfort stop and refreshments at Thornhill Community Centre, Leadon Court, courtesy of the Ancient Cwmbran Society. Up the hollow way to Mynydd Maen (more about this at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGdZo6JfM1o&list=PLAs8r8fTKmGa67HZNNLoYogPFeYLJVBMM) and Llandderfel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OB4ZoEqzos&list=PLAs8r8fTKmGa67HZNNLoYogPFeYLJVBMM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGx4EP2TTqE&list=PLAs8r8fTKmGa67HZNNLoYogPFeYLJVBMM). Late lunch at Llandderfel – bring sandwiches.
Dave Standing and Maddy think that the medieval route went through what is now forest and past Pant-yr-yrfa farm so we plan to walk that way. There may be some grange boundaries to discover. We can then climb Twmbarlwm, weather permitting, or continue on the same line through the woods.
The medieval road probably went down the line of the metalled road from Twmbarlwm, heading for the grange farm at Pontymister, but this involves a lot of road walking and a long plod through the Ty-sign estate. This year we are trialling a new route, down the Darran road from Pegwn-y-bwlch, along the canal and down to the river at the bridge on the Blackvein road (OS ST 225 914). It may not be THE old road but it is AN old road – hollowed into the hillside by centuries of use.
More details on days 2 and 3 to follow – briefly, day 2, Sunday 15 Sept., starts at 10 am at the Blackvein rige. We walk over the ridge to Bedwas. We aim to get there at about 1 pm. There is a pub, or you can bring a packed lunch. We walk through the back lanes round Caerphilly to Groeswen, where we hope to have a short break at the chapel, then over the mountain to Eglwysilan. Depending on timings, the day may finish there, or we may walk on to Pontypridd.
Day 3, Saturday 21 Sept, starts on the green near the White Bridge just north of Pontypridd, OS ST 077 910 (this is what Eddie Butler and Maddy looked at in the Towns of Wales episode on Pontypridd). Walk over the ridge to Ynysybwl then through the woods and fields to lunch at Llanwynno – medieval church, Brynffynnon pub and St Gwynno’s Well. We aim to reach Penrhys at about 4.00 pm, look at the statue, visit the well, have tea in the Llanfair cafe and a short service in the church.
Logistics – we have the USW minibus as back-up so we can get drivers back to wherever you joined us.
· Starting times are punctual, but all later times are approximate.
· Welsh weather can be bad, so stout shoes and waterproof, warm, wind-resistant clothing are essential.
· Every walker must carry food, and some liquid refreshment, for personal use
· Personal comfort, safety, transport, and accommodation arrangements (at the end of each day) are the concern of each person or group of persons.
· The Organisers provide only the route and arrangements for the stops. They are unable to take legal responsibility for any other matters .
· You can join the walk at any time – just refer to the timetable and come.
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