2017 Walks (page 1)

Here are details of the 2017 festival.

Llwybr Gerfail Machen – Machen Forge Trail

A 5km Sunday stroll around the industrial past of peaceful Machen. Dogs on leads welcome.

Some Extertion

Date: 3rd September 2017

Start Time: 14.00

Start Point: Basil & Rusty’s Ice Cream Parlour, Machen, CF83 8NJ

Grid Ref: ST 194 881

Duration: 2 hours

Distance: 3 miles / 5km

Please Note: This walk will be guided in the Welsh language.

Public Transport Directions

Check www.traveline-cymru.info for bus routes and timetables.

Road Directions

Follow brown and white signs to the climbing centre from A470 and A472.


Keepers Tales

Meet at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre then drive to Keepers Pond to start the walk. The walk will include our legends from the surrounding area, including Garnddyrys, Hills Tram Road, Keepers Cottage.

Suitable footwear essential.

Duration: 3 hours, distance: 5 miles.

To book phone 01495 742333.

05 Sep 2017
Meet at World Heritage Centre at 14.00.

Facilities

  • Free
  • Parking (free)

In the footsteps of Nye Bevan

Grade: Moderate

Date: Wednesday, September 6th
Time: 2.00 – 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point: Top House Pub,
Trefil, Tredegar, NP22 4HG
(SO 119128)
Distance: 3 miles/5km
Leader: Frank Olding 07971 081647
Booking: 01495 742333

An afternoon ramble to the Chartist’s Cave also looking at some of the archaeology of upland Blaenau Gwent.

Walking boots, waterproofs essential.

Facilities

  • Parking (free)

Legends of the Legion

A walk from one of Europes largest earth sculptures, Sultan the pit pony to the site of the Roman Fort at Gelligaer and Gelligaer church.

Meeting point – ST 133 955

Walk starts at 14.00 and will last for around 2.5 hours.

To book phone 01495 742333.

Sensible footwear essential.

06 Sep 2017
Walk starts at 14.00 from ST 133 955.

Facilities

  • Free
  • Parking (charge)

Explore Taf Bargoed

Take in the beauty of the surroundings on the Taf Bargoed Park with the knowledgeable warden.

Easy

Date:Wednesday 6th September, 2017

Start Time: 13.00

Start Point: Parc Taf Bargoed Car Park

Grid Ref: ST101975

Duration:  1 hour

Distance:  1 mile / 1.6km

Facilities

  • Parking (free)

Coity Mountain Walk

Leaving the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and following the line of the railway to Garn Lakes, then climbing Coity to cross open moorland – the haunt of Yr Hen Wrach y Bryniau (The Hag of the Hills) – to descend via Cwm Ffrywd to Varteg and thence back to base.

The walk passes a number of former mines, and we’ll hear some of their tragic history, as well as the black humour (Hiwmor y Glowyr) with which the colliers made life bearable.

Walk starts at 10:00 and will run until around 15.30 – bring a packed lunch. Suitable footwear essential.

To book phone 01495 742333.

07 September 2017

Facilities

  • Free
  • Parking (free)

Railway Ramble (Domen Fawr, Man Moel and Pen y Fan)

Railway Ramble (Domen Fawr, Man Moel and Pen y Fan)

Grade: Strenuous
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 9.30am (to catch 10.20 train) – 4.00pm
Cost: Free (train fare needed)
Starting/Finishing Point: Llanhilleth Railway Station, Commercial Road, Llanhilleth,
Abertillery, NP13 2HT (SO 2166 0076)
Distance: 8 miles/13km
Leader: Frank Olding 07971 081647
Booking: 01495 742333

This linear walk will allow railway enthusiasts to catch the train from Llanhilleth to Ebbw and enjoy the stunning walk back to Llanhilleth.

The walk will take in the breathtaking Dark Age and Medieval landscapes of Domen Fawr and Cefn Man Moel. We will then pass through the picturesque village of Man Moel before crossing Mynydd Pen y Fan via the Ebbw Valley Walk to return to the valley bottom at Llanhilleth and back to the cars!

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

Facilities

  • Welsh spoken
  • Parking (free)

Public Transport Directions

X4 Service cardiff, Pontypridd, Ebbw vale, Abergavenny, Hereford

from Ebbw Vale a small Taxi journey or the number 22 bus to the park hotel in walking distance of the Railway Station which stops at LLanhilleth Railway station.


Castle to Castle

Follow in weatherman Derek Brockway’s footsteps and discover Masters of Iron, Medieval Marcher Lords and millstones on this 8-mile circular walk. Suitable clothing and footwear required. Please bring a packed lunch. Dogs on leads welcome.

Date: Saturday 9th September, 2017

Start Time: 10.00am

Start Point: Cyfarthfa Castle car park (top), Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 8RE

Grid Ref: SO 041 073

Duration: 5 hours

Distance: 8 miles / 12.8km

Public Transport Directions

Merthyr Tydfil is well served by bus and trains – check www.traveline-cymru.info for routes and timetables.

Road Directions

Follow brown and white signs to Cyfarthfa Castle from A465 or A470.


In the footsteps of Glanfwrdd

Wales Valley Walking Festival – In the Footsteps of Glanfwrdd

Monday 11th September
Start Time: 10.30am
Start Point: Natural Resources Wales car park below, Brynfynnon Hotel, Llanwonno, CF39 3PH
Grid Ref: ST 033 959
Duration: 4 hours
Distance: 6 miles

An easy walk through St Gwynno forest visiting a waterfall and the Clydach reservoir, and calling into Daerwynno outdoor centre for tea and biscuits. The walk then  continues via St Gwynno’s church and the Brynffynnon hotel before finishing at the start point.
Dogs are welcome

To book your place please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wales-valleys-walking-festival-in-the-footsteps-of-glanffrwd-tickets-36748230948

 

Facilities

  • Free
  • Parking (free)
  • Pets Accepted

Follow the Red Paths

Moderate walk around the stunning grounds of Cyfarthfa Park taking in the history of this once busy home of the Crawshay family. Please bring a packed lunch. Dogs on leads welcome.

Moderate

Date: Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Start Time: 10.30am

Start Point: Cyfarthfa Castle car park (top), Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 8RE

Grid Ref: SO 041 073

Duration: 2.5 hours

Distance: 3 miles / 5km

Facilities

  • Parking (free)

Bailey Trail (Mynydd Llangatwg, Lonely Shepherd, Llangattock Quarries)

Bailey Trail (Mynydd Llangatwg, Lonely Shepherd, Llangattock Quarries)

Grade: Energetic
Date: Wednesday, September 13th
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point: Brynmawr Museum, Market Square, Brynmawr, NP23 4AJ
(SO 1915 1175). Finish: Brynmawr Museum
Distance: 9 miles/14.4km
Leader: Frank Olding 07971 081647
Booking: 01495 742333

The Industrial Archaeology of Mynydd Llangatwg associated with the infamous Crawshay and Joseph Bailey, the Nantyglo Ironmasters. The walk will cover the Darren Tramroad, the Lonely Shepherd Quarries, the Wern Watcyn Incline, Llangatwg Quarries and Bailey’s 1829 tramroad.

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

 

Facilities

  • Free

Public Transport Directions

The town’s main bus station is within 2 minutes walking distance from the museum with regular buses arriving and leaving for destinations nationwide. The nearest train station is Ebbw Vale located 3 miles away.

Road Directions

For Sat-Nav users, the postcode NP23 4AJ should bring you straight to the museum doors. A small car park is located behind the museum.


World Heritage Site Walk

A five(ish) mile walk around the Blaenavon World Heritage Site (a legend in itself) looking at the stories, myths and legends of the various sites and plants along the way. Up through the Lakes, around the back of the Whistle Inn, into Forgeside, across the valley by Aaron Brutes Bridge, up either Kays and Kears site or along Hills Tramroad to get back to the Lakes.

Date: 15th September, 2017

Start Time: 10.00 – 13.00

Start Point: Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, NP4 9AE

Grid Ref: SO 251 088

Duration: 3 hours

Distance: 5 miles / 8km

Booking phone 01495 742333

 

Facilities

  • Booking essential
  • Parking (free)

Public Transport Directions

For public transport details please contact us.

Road Directions

For road directions please contact us.


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