Visions and revisions

Back to Capel-y-ffin for a final check of possible footpaths off the old road down the valley to Llanthony. One correction: three stone stiles (not two) on the path across the fields south of Capel-y-ffin before you pick up the old trackway past The Vision farm.

At SO 27544 29793 you can follow the waymarked path to the left, bearing left across the fields and above Trevelog farm.

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The path has been re-routed to bypass the farmyard: head for about SO 27894 29711 and follow the waymarks across the stream,

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bear right up the bank

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and head for the double stile into the woods at SO 27845 29466.

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The path is overgrown through the woods:

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bear slightly to the right and pass below the ruined barn of Deri-duon

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and the line of the path becomes clearer past SO 27847 29148 and through the yard of Llwyn-on Farm.

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At SO 27929 28860 the gate is currently damaged and wired up and you are asked to turn left and go through a black iron gate.

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Continue on the same line past SO 27997 28789 and SO 28099 28639. Pass above Broadley Farm and keep on the same line past SO 28292 28423. At SO 28415 28343 cross a stile by a gate. Walk along the lower edge of the woods and ford a small stream. Cross a stile out of the woods at SO 28482 28271 and bear right across the next field, past the new barns to rejoin the road down the valley at SO 28498 28092.

The path is mostly well stiled and waymarked. However, you have to ford several streams.

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It can be very muddy, especially around the gates, and there are several steep and potentially dangerous scrambles up the stream banks.

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(there is a stile at the top of that bank – getting there is the challenge)

In wet weather (and when isn’t it wet in Wales – if you can see the mountains, it is going to rain, if you can’t see them, it is raining …) the road is a much easier alternative, and it’s easier to look at the view.

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You can compromise by walking along the road to SO 27732 29423, taking the green lane straight ahead, then go left through the gate at SO 27800 29048 (not waymarked but a right of way)

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and walk up to your left across the field to rejoin the footpath at SO 27870 28961, just before Llwyn-on. This avoids the worst of the mud and the scrambles.

Time yet for a hundred indecisions
And for a hundred visions and revisions
Before the taking of a toast and tea.

(Eliot always has the words for it. You might get toast and tea at the Half-Moon or the  Llanthony Priory Hotel.)

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The Gnoll

If we are going to map the high-level route from Margam to Neath, we need the grid points through Gnoll Park. This is proving surprisingly difficult – the park is full of paths, it isn’t always easy to identify them on the Ordnance Survey map, and there has been a lot of tree felling, the result of the dreaded Phytophthora Ramorum. (More on this at http://www.gnollestatecountrypark.co.uk/default.aspx?page=10621 .) On the one hand, it has mainly resulted in the loss of larch, Western hemlock and Rhododendron ponticum, and has opened out some spendid vistas. On the other hand, it means that the aerial photos on the Ordnance Survey web site are no longer accurate! Google Earth is a bit better but still doesn’t show the path as it is now and Google Street View is pre-felling. So the grid points below are mostly approximations to help with mapping and won’t make it to the final web site.

At first I missed the turning off the minor road down from Blaen-cwm-bach.  After much plodding up and down I got back to it. It has changed since 2005: no stile, and the path no longer goes along the edge of the woods. You turn left off the road at SS 78064 98289

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but instead of turning at right angles to the road the path now bears to the left, through scrub and rough grass,

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going below rather than above the park boundary. Follow the path down into the trees,

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past the Gazebo (a rough shelter at about SS 78031 98080) and the Grotto below it, and down flights of wooden steps to the stream. This was landscaped in the eighteenth century into a series of cascades.

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Walk down the right (north) side of the stream until you are above the Mosshouse Pond. At about SS 77828 98099

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cross to the left (south) side and walk past the pond. Go through the gates at the end of the dam (SS 77656 97999)

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and take the path straight ahead of you. This climbs above the Llantwit Brook and bears round to the south-west.

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When you reach the ‘Halfway House’, another folly originally built as a ‘temple’  at SS 76984 97624,

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take the path to the right. The path bears round to the left at about SS 76904 97641 to pass to the left of the Guinea Pond.

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Follow it to SS 76754 97443, turn right and walk down to the car park and children’s playground.

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At SS 76619 97463 you can turn right for the Visitor Centre (café! Toilets!!) or keep to the left of the Fish Pond (a quieter walk). The remains of Gnoll House and its arboretum are west of the visitor centre. When you reach the dam at the end of the pond (SS 76360 97217)

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take the surfaced road which continues down the north (right) side of the stream. You can cut down steps to your left

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or continue on the road to the dam at the end of the Great Pond, SS 76081 97142. Cross the dam and turn right at SS 76096 97067. Continue down the valley to the Memorial Gates at SS 75895 97093

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and along Gnoll Drive, through the outer gate at SS 75638 97319,

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to the B4434 at SS 75523 97402. Cross the road and walk to the right of Victoria Gardens, past the massive clock tower of St David’s Church and into the middle of Neath.

To visit the castle, turn right at SS 75304 97608 along Wind Street and left at SS 75389 97658 along Old Market Street. At SS 75346 97739 this turns to the right and becomes Castle Street. The remains of the castle are ahead of you, across a paved area. You should be able to walk to the left of the castle and through the supermarket car park to the bridge over the canal at SS 75262 97850.

Revisiting Pelenna

The clever people at Sugar Creatives are doing clever creative stuff with the web site – but that means I have to crack on with uploading grid points so they have something to work on. Usually I do them as I go along, but there are bits of alternative route that I haven’t looked at for years, and the aerial photos on the Ordnance Survey site look nothing like what I remembered. An excuse to get the boots out …

I meant to do this just with Nell, but Cara refused to stay in the house so we all set off together. The alternative higher-level route from Margam to Neath seems OK as far as Afan Argoed and over the ridge to Cwm Pelenna but I can’t make sense of some of my notes after that. We drove to Ton-mawr to walk up the valley of the Gwenffrwd. Strike one: the Ton-mawr Sport and Fitness Centre is no more. On the positive side, mountain biking in the Afan and Pelenna valleys has really taken off: the Gyfylchi Mountain Centre is refurbished, there’s the Afan Bike Park at Gyfylchi and new trails at Penhydd, and more places to stay (eg Bryn Bettws with a range of bunkhouses and cabins, https://brynbettws.com/).

So the track over Gyfylchi and down to Cwm Pelenna is clear and walkable. At SS 80968 96002 the line of the South Wales Mineral Railway emerges from the Gyfylchi Tunnel to your right.

 

dsc_1787At SS 80876 96091, cross the river by a railway bridge. Bear left with the line of the railway track (now a bridle path). At SS 80185 96261, cross the road, walk up the steps ahead of you and continue up through the houses to the main road through Ton-mawr.

At SS 80193 96372, cross the road, turn left and go up the steps to your right, just before the children’s playground.

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At SS 80169 96418, turn left on a very minor road. After Blaenafon Farm (SS 80151 96757)

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the road becomes a surfaced track. Across the valley to your left, the rush-filled ponds are part of the world-famous River Pelenna minewater treatment system.

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At SS 79908 97905 the track passes above the ruins of a substantial farm.

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From this point the track is not marked on the OS map as a right of way but it is waymarked as a byway.

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At SS 80140 97561 you have to ford the Gwenffrwd, quite tricky even after a very dry October and potentially impassable in wet weather.

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I remember struggling with this back in 2005. Nell liked it, though – you can just see her head peeping out of the water.

At SS 79656 98552 the main track bears to the left.After several gates, at SS 79428 98582 you pass through the earthworks of a massive Roman camp.

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There are lovely views from here.

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We turned back at the top of the ridge,

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but you can walk on down the hill and through the grounds of the Gnoll, or turn right and follow the Cefn Ffordd, the great Glamorgan Ridgeway, along the watershed and down to the Rhondda. I remember walking that with a group of extra-mural students on a rather wet day back in the 1990s.

Angels and visions

Tintern-Llantarnam is pretty much sorted and we are working our way back up the borders. I haven’t walked the area round Llanthony since 2005 and there have been a lot of changes and improvements to the footpaths. The track over the pass from Hay and down the Nant Bwch seems to be the way to go, and it takes you past Llanthony’s third monastery, the strange Anglican community founded by Joseph Leycester Lyne, Father Ignatius. Hugh Allen’s new biography of him is a good read.

Just past the monastery you meet the road from Llanthony over the Gospel pass. Turn left to visit the church at Capel-y-ffin, described by Kilvert as ‘squatting like a stout grey owl’ among the yews of the churchyard. Lovely cherubs on the south wall

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and symbolism on this head stone –

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‘One by one the sheaves are gathered’. Just south of the churchyard, at SO 25483 31495, take the lane alongside the churchyard wall,

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across the Hoddnu

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and past another tiny church.

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This is Capel-y-ffin Baptist chapel built by the two brothers, William and David Prosser. According to Wikipedia, ‘a wall plaque commemorates their work in bringing The Ministry of the Gospel to their house in the year 1737. And Secured this Place for That Sacred Use for the Time Being. Both died near the End of the Year 1780.’

The lane bears up to the right, passing above Blaenau farm and becomes a path across the fields.

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It is well walked and waymarked as a route up to the Offa’s Dyke path.

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Cross two pretty stone stiles (the second at SO 26068 31171  is a bit of a challenge)

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and continue on the same line along a stony track.

Nell and Cara coupldn’t manage the stiles. Cara is getting old and creaky but hates being picked up. Nell is just daft. So we went back along the track, they had a good swim in the Hoddnu and we walked down and up a very steep stony lane to rejoin the track at the far side of that very precipitous stile. Walking along the road and down that lane is the best way to go if you have dogs.

The farm above the track at SO 26521 31032  is called The Vision, and was given that name after the famous vision of the Virgin Mary at Father Ignatius’s monastery. The farm inspired Bruce Chatwin’s novel On the Black Hill, though he relocated it to the other side of the Hatterall ridge.

At SO 26701 30804 the track becomes a metalled road. There are some footpaths to the left but they mostly go up the ridge. The road is very quiet, little more than a farm track, and an easy walk. After about 1.8 km, at SO 27735 29421 , the road turns to the right. Go through the gate ahead of you and continue along a narrow lane. This has all the feel of an old road, possibly the original road down the valley. It would be too narrow for carts, so once the local farmers took to using wheeled vehicles the road across the valley would be easier. I walked along the lane to rejoin the metalled road at SO 27912 28728 but it might be worth exploring the track that bears left at SO 27795 29061 and becomes a footpath passing above Broadley farm and rejoining the road at SO 28502 28103.

At SO 28560 27946 you turn left on the main road down the valley (usually quite quiet, though it can be busy on summer weekends) with encouraging views of the priory and the Half-Moon pub.

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Ahead of you is the priory gatehouse, now a barn. When the road bears right round the gatehouse, take the footpath straight on to the rest of the priory buildings.

Shw’mae, Sistersiaid?

This should have been the post for Diwrnod Shw’mae, the day when we all try to speak Welsh, or at least to start every conversation by saying ‘How are things?’ in Welsh.  We thought we had the Cistercian Way from Llantarnam to Neath sorted, so we got the text professionally translated. But we keep coming up with little tweaks and updates – the last bit of the route to Llangynwyd, the logging trails on the Raven Walk, now a better way from Ynysybwl to Llanwynno. Is my Intermediate level Welsh up to it? Can I persuade our wonderful tutor to accept bits of translated web site as Homework?

So … the route from Ynysybwl. For many years it was really a pilgrimage and we went through the middle of the village. As it became more of a heritage footpath we took to going up the Llys Nant, the boundary of the short-lived abbey of Pendar’s lands in the area. Across the road to Buarth Capel, down to the Nant Ffrwd (which powered the monastic mill) and up to Mynachdy. From there we started off walking the stony track that leads to the forest road to Llanwynno. This was clearly the old road – the line of the right of way goes straight across the modern road to Pontypridd and becomes the track down to Pontygwaith and the line of the medieval bridge across the Rhondda Fach.

If you are going to the church and pub at Llanwynno, it might make more sense to take the footpath from ST 04341 94850 past the two wind turbines. We walked that some years ago and decided the stony track was better, but that was before the motorbike scrambling circuit got so very popular. It’s busy in the week, and at weekends it’s thronged with people. This time Andy and I went through the gate at ST 04341 94850 and along the footpath. Walk along the stony track towards the turbines, through the gate at ST 04213 95166, bear left across the next field to a stile in the far left corner and walk along the fence to another stile at the top left of the field.

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(The stiles are single-step and difficult with dogs. ) Turn left and walk above the scrambler circuit. The track bears right into the forest. Look out for a fainter path to the left at ST 03441 95598 (if you miss it, continue to the junction of the forest roads and turn left there.)

Cross the forest road at ST 03317 95602 and walk straight ahead up the bank and over another stile. Turn left and walk round the left edge of a little hillock and down to the road below the pub. If you can’t face the climb, stay on the forest road at ST 03441 95598 and turn left on the metalled road up to Llanwynno. Either way is probably better than the track through the scrambler circuit – unless you have dogs with you. We did manage to haul Nell over the stiles but it wasn’t easy and she did complain.

Having a bit of spare time we went to look for St Gwynno’s Well. This had a lot of restoration work a few years ago – here we are inspecting it in 2009.

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The path is signed from the road but very overgrown. It gets a bit clearer under the trees but the only way to find the actual well was to let Nell off the lead and follow her unerring instinct for water. It’s a pity – you can get funding for capital projects but not for maintenance, and once the path is overgrown people won’t use it.

The church at Llanwynno has finding for massive repairs including a new roof. This meant we couldn’t go in, but it will make the building secure for the foreseeable future. It may eventually have to go out of parish use – it would make a wonderful bunkhouse or camping barn for walkers, and could still be used for services.

Andy’s blog for the day is at https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/arrived/ with a photo of the pilgrims at the well.

Walking with Ravens

Getting someone else to walk the route from the instructions on the web site has been very useful. Andy has spotted a few places where the instructions need to be clearer or where we need to focus on waymarking. On Friday we both walked up the hill from Risca towards the Blackvein. Apparently we went past the cottage where Steve’s father was brought up, but its foundations are now lost in the woods. Someone has done a bit of clearing on the old line of the Raven Walk from ST 22375 91193

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(I must get back and have another look at that) but we stuck to the road, took the bridleway across the zigzags and headed for the top path at ST 22311 90954.

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This now seems to be the official line of the Raven Walk – there’s a waymark on the other side of the post. It looks a bit different from when I was last there because the forest below the path has recently been felled.  This opens out some wonderful views but the logging trail does confuse the path. We need to get some waymarking done here as well as a bit of maintenance further on.

The line of the footpath becomes a stony track, crosses a forest road at ST 22471 90939

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and continues along the track, but you have to look out for a path turning right off the track and into the trees.

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We found this at the second attempt and it climbs into the trees and up to the stile.  From here the Raven Walk should go left along the edge of the forest to the gate at ST 23095 90588 and up the hedge to cross the minor road at ST 22933 90388. This bit is very overgrown with faint tracks through the undergrowth – Andy followed one of these and got to the road a bit to the west. There’s a right of way and several tracks running up to the road, one of which might be the hollow way I spotted there some years ago. Anyway, they all lead to the better track over the shoulder of Mynydd Machen and from there it’s clear all the way to Caerphilly and Pontypridd.

Andy’s blog post on this bit is at https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/risca-pontypridd/ .

Earlswood and Wentwood

Andy Delmege is back on track with his pilgrimage and already thinking about how to fill in the gaps. On Tuesday we had a lovely service in Tintern with the Friends of Our Lady of Tintern and on Wednesday he walked west to Caerleon. Nell and I joined him to walk through Earlswood and up the first slope into Wentwood as I wanted to check some of the paths. All went well – the muddy bit at Coed Llwyfos was passable and the minor roads were very quiet.

From the Earlswood chapel you continue along the road then at ST 44447 94795 when the metalled road bears right you go left. There is a footbridge across the stream just to the right of the ford.

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Nell liked the stream.

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Over the bridge, turn right. The bridleway bears left up a steep slope

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then left again

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and through a gate.

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Here the line of the waymarked bridleway looks a little different on the ground from the 1:25,000 map. Through the gate, turn left and walk a little way along a forest track, looking out for a waymarked path to the right.

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This takes you up a muddy track.

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When you emerge on the forest road at ST 44116 94791,

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go straight on. At ST 43907 95007 turn left following the waymarks.

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The forest road sweeps up with good views behind you to the Severn Bridge.

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At ST 43333 95070, you meet two bridleways to the right.

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Keep going to the clearing.

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Andy took the path to the south of the clearing which is a good path, not technically a right of way but with waymarking posts for a promoted path. The bridleway goes to the right of the clearing and past the burial mounds and the radio mast to join the line of the old pilgrimage road from London to St David’s. The old road is now a muddy track which has been badly damaged by off-roading bikes but is now recovering.  You can follow it to the Usk Valley Walk and into Caerleon. The Usk Valley Walk should be well waymarked but there are a few gaps as a result of the extension of the Celtic Manor golf course – use your map and you will be fine.

Mynydd Maendy in the sunshine

Last time I went up Mynydd Maendy, west of Ton Pentre, it was bucketing with rain and visibility was minimal. Here’s Andy Delmege’s photo of us walking up the ridge from Penrhys –

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and it got worse! Strange to relate, most of the group gave up in Ton Pentre. I had planned to stop there but it seemed dreadful to let Andy go on his own so I went with him. We were running a bit behind time and I set far too fast a pace going up the hill: I thought several times I would have to give up but Andy was very patient and we made it to the Bwlch. Somehow we got on a track that I didn’t recognise, so I thought I’d better go back and see if things had changed since  I was last there ten years ago.

The other logistical problem is that Cara the pilgrim dog has decided she’s too old to do hills. In south Wales this does limit your options … But she is also getting deaf and sleeps very soundly, so we can sneak out without her.

Tuesday the sun was shining and the sky was blue so Nell and I went off on the train up the valley. The climb from Ton Pentre up the ridge was still pretty stiff but we took it at a more sensible pace and I made it. Wonderful views … this is better!

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Past the radio mast you go through a gate at SS 96073 95462.

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Don’t go over the stile ahead and to your right

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(this was where Andy and I went wrong – the track takes you down to the forest then back up). Continue along the line of the fence to your left, bear left with the fence and go up the track which slants up to the left of the next rise.

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At the top – more wonderful views –

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you will see the track up from the forest rejoining you from the right. Through the gate the path becomes a stony track for a while,

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here’s Nell on the path

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then after another gate it becomes fainter but still there. Climb the steep slope ahead of you

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then follow the track as it bears right round the shoulder of the summit.

There’s nothing like a nice bench to make you feel you aren’t on a serious walk!

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The track over Mynydd Maendy is actually nice and clear, but the track up the ridge from Penrhys was quite difficult with a lot of damage from motorbike and 4×4 scrambling. I did wonder if there might be an alternative – down the steep track from the well to Llwynypia and up the other side through the forest? There’s no obvious way up from Llwynypia but plenty of forest tracks and the old lane from Llandyfodwg over Mynydd William Meyrick. So once we got to the Bwlch we headed south along the forest access track.

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There’s a touching little memorial just south of the Bwlch.

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There are good paths on the north side of Cwm Clydach

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but most of the way we were in deep forest and the motorbike damage is just as bad. We’ll probably stick with what we’ve got.

Mind you, we do need to have another look at the tracks over Mynydd William Meyrick. According to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales (the Non-defensive Secular volume of the Glamorgan inventory – i.e. anything that isn’t a church or a castle) this is a medieval road, and it leads from Llandyfodwg in Glyn Ogwr to the other Tyfodwg church, Ystradyfodwg, what is now better known as Ystrad Rhondda. Tyfodwg was himself a pilgrim and this could just be the pilgrimage route between his two churches. Exploring it without Steve to drop me off at one end and pick me up at the other could be tricky but we will find a way round it.

Meetings, mist and mud

It’s been a two-steps-forward-one-step back sort of summer. We relaunched the project at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. This wasn’t a full formal launch – we aren’t quite ready for that yet – but we filled the Churches tent, all the emergency printing of leaflets went, the retiring Archdruid Prof. Christine James spoke on the importance of pilgrimage and the Cistercians in the Welsh historical and cultural tradition

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my old colleague David Howell (now at the University of Gloucester) spoke very powerfully on the importance of heritage beyond the tourist honeypots and the need to experience heritage by walking through it rather than just visiting sites

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(more on his blog at https://historyglos.com/2016/08/31/cultural-festivals-controversy-and-a-heritage-trail-launch/ ). And I managed to introduce the whole thing in more-or-less fluent Welsh.

We made good contacts with Cadw  and the Ramblers which led to a meeting in the Ramblers’ office in Cardiff and an invitation to talk to the Glamorgan footpaths secretaries and the Glamorgan AGM. We have also been contacted by Lampeter Ramblers and we will be back to working in Ceredigion nest month.

On the other hand … our planned walk from Penrhys nearly drowned the participants: some amazing photos at https://pilgrimpace.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/cistercian-way-photos-1/ . And Andy Delmege, who had planned to walk the whole route as a sabbatical this autumn, has wrecked his knee and had to go home.

Mind you, it was just as well we gave up on that first day west from Penrhys before we reached the final off-road section. I looked at it again today and it really is impassable. It’s not so much the access from the lane past Gadlys at SS 85944 88007: someone has done a great job there bashing down the Himalayan balsam. The stile has finally collapsed but the gate next to it seems to be permanently open. But the track through the woods is so muddy and has been so badly ploughed up by stock that it really isn’t safe to walk. A pity – apart from that section it’s a very pleasant alternative to the road.

But there are other alternatives. The Bridgend footpaths secretary has sent me some of the Llynfi Valley walks leaflets. There’s a possible route through Maesteg and out along the Neath Road then south by footpaths and very minor roads along Cwm Cerwyn and Cwm Sychbant. This bypasses Llangynwyd, which is a pity, but it does go through Maesteg with its glorious nineteenth-century chapels. On the other hand, it goes very near to the high-level alternative route from Margam to Neath. Would walkers be tempted to cut across, missing out Margam entirely?

A shorter alternative goes down Cwm-du and through Pont Rhyd-y-cyff, over the railway bridge, turn right opposite the Railway Tavern and follow a waymarked path between the railway line and the houses. At SS 86892 89157 the path briefly rejoins the road. Turn right. After a couple of houses look out for a waymarked footpath to the right between the houses. Follow the path round to the right of the playing fields and up to the main road at a roundabout. Take the Maesteg road. In 0.15 km, after the first house of Cwmfelin, at SS 86375 89440, a footpath goes up to your left. Through the gate, bear left across the first field to a stile in the far left corner at SS 86285 89225. Walk along the hedge to your left and go through a kissing gate at SS 86180 89019 and down steps. Turn right on the metalled road and walk up to Llangynwyd. This avoids the busiest road around the new village of Llangynwyd and is only a little longer than the on-road route. I think this is the one to go for.

But can I translate the new route description into Welsh myself? With a bit of help, maybe …

We still have to decide what to do about the path through the farmyard at Cwmducanol. The dogs really are a problem, and the feeling at the Ramblers meeting was that we would be better recommending the alternative route via Fosse. On the one hand it really is a pity if the farm is allowed to effectively block the right of way; on the other hand, it seems unlikely that we can get anything permanent done about it. Rights of way diversions are simply too expensive. We will settle for what we can get and save our money for areas where there is no other way through.

Penrhys Pilgrimage this year

A bit different this year – set out from Penrhys at 10 am on Saturday 3 September, walk over the hills to Llangynwyd. It’s a hefty walk so there are drop-out points on the way and a back-up vehicle.

This year’s pilgrimage is a bit more freeform that what we’ve done in previous years. Andy Delmege, the vicar from the West Midlands who walked with us last year, is proposing to walk the whole of the Cistercian Way in September and October as a sabbatical. So we are going to set him on his way on Saturday 3 September, starting out from the estate church at Penrhys, walking up the ridge to the wind farm and down into Ton Pentre. From here an old trackway leads over Mynydd Maendy and across Bwlch y Clawdd. There’s a magnificent ridge route along Craig Ogwr and over Mynydd Caerau down to Pont Rhyd-y-cyff then footpaths bypassing the road up to Llangynwyd. Bronze Age burial mounds, early medieval tribal boundaries, 360-degree views. At Llangynwyd is a medieval church which was a great focus for pilgrimage, and the graves of Ann Thomas, the ‘Maid of Cefn Ydfa’, and her lover Wil Hopcyn.

Andy will be staying overnight at Llangynwyd and setting off the next day for Margam and the coast. He will be coming back down the Borders towards the end of October – he’s due in Tintern on 18 October. When we have a date for his arrival at Penrhys we can arrange to walk the last section with him, hopefully with a visit to Llanwynno.

Key times and stopping-off points for Saturday 3 September (start time is exact, times along the way are approximate):

10 am start at Llanfair Church, Penrhys, CF43 3RH, ST 0018 9495

11.30 – 12 (ish) Ton Pentre: we will be passing near the railway station, SS 9728 9535, then walk along Church Road and Maindy Road, past the police station at SS 9694 9542 and up the hill

1.30 car park at Bwlch y Clawdd, SS 9395 9459

5.30 bridge at Pont Rhyd-y-cyff, SS 8725 8910

7 pm Llangynwyd Church, SS 8572 8883

This is like a medieval pilgrimage – there is no official organisation behind it. We can provide the route and arrange some stops on the way, but the rest is up to you. We do plan to have a back-up vehicle to get you back to the start. You will need to be reasonably fit, and you will need weatherproof clothing, stout walking boots and suitable refreshment. We can take no responsibility for the welfare of participants.

More information: maddy [at] heritagetortoise.co.uk