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Another excellent weekend was had by all who took advantage of the walking holiday organised by Mike and Lynn from May 15 to May 18 2009

Walking in Llandybie

 

 

The group stayed on a half board basis for three nights at The Mill at Glynhir,  run by Holly and Lloyd Thomas.  Although 6 people stayed at a local B&B about a mile from The Mill, transport was provided, if required, to and from The Mill each evening for dinner. The accommodation, facilities and food were excellent, and a good time was had by all.

The group walked every day and the program ran thus:

On Friday May 15, everyone met at the Usk reservoir

Near Usk reservoir

and left the car park south of the Usk Reservoir at 11.15. This was a 9.8 mile circular walk with two pathless moorland sections, some moderate ridges crossed, some wooded sections and some good views of the Usk Reservoir and of the Carmarthen Fans. We also visited Llanddeusant church.  There was about a total of 1800ft of ascent. There were some opportunities for self guided alternatives for those not wanting to do the whole 9.8 miles.

On Saturday May 16 we left the hotel at 0900 for about a 12 mile circular walk to Carreg Cerren Castle.

  Carreg Cerren Castle

Total ascent was about 1400 ft. This is a visually stunning walk on a nice day and although it was reasonable weather, the views weren't outstanding. Some of the paths were hard going underfoot as it had been wet. Also several streams were forded and luckily no-one needed to use ‘black bags’. There was an option for a 4 mile circular self guided walk by driving to the Carreg Cerren Castle car park and tea room.

Sunday May 17 started with a drive of 45 minutes (only 8 miles but very narrow twisty roads) to Brest Cwm Llwyd moorland car park for about a 12 mile linear walk back to The Mill.   The walk started across desolate moorland

desolate moorland

before descending into the cultivated River Amman valley; where we had bad news and good news. The bad news was that a ford we HAD to cross was impassable due to high and very fast water. The good news was that while Mike and others were searching for an alternative crossing, a friendly local farmer arrived on his quad bike, going to feed his sheep. He saw the situation and quickly and amicably offered to take us all across on his sturdy bike. We all had great fun taking it in turn to ride across the ford mounted on his trusty steed.

Over we go!

Freindly native

A full load

Hang on tight!

We then finished with a moderate climb back to the hotel. Total ascent was only about 800ft because the hotel is much lower than the start point so it could be said it was ‘downhill much of the way’! In the river valley the ground underfoot was very boggy and we encountered some short overgrown stretches.  Other self guided options were very limited.

On Monday May 18 the group drove 20 miles (45 minutes) to Craig-y-nos Country Park to enjoy a 9 mile circular walk with a strenuous climb to Cribarth,

Cribarth

a descent through Abercrave Wood, a long stretch along a ravine culminating at a 30 metre waterfall

Henrhyd waterfall

and finishing with the return along the upper Tawe valley. Total ascent was about 1200 ft.

We finished the walk, back at the car park, at about 15.30. Once all gathered in the car park we then drove to a nearby cafe for a final coffee together before leaving for home, feeling very self-satisfied and very grateful to Mike and Lynn for a splendid holiday.

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