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Smugglers Tales
(Southgate after the thaw)

16th January 2010

Leader: Alan Bailey




Alan led us on a walk after the snow had melted.  We went down Smugglers' Lane and into Bishopston Valley where the stream was swollen with melt water.  We climbed up to Hanging Rock and to the site of a prehistoric hill fort.  The rain came down when we reached Pwlldu.  If you'd like to try a walk then do come along and find out what all this Swansea Walking in the great outdoors is all about.  It won't cost you anything to come along and see if walking is for you.  If you get the bug and want to walk or stroll regularly then you can also become a member.  Just ask us about the walks we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader: Alan Bailey


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Snow has melted since last week


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Heading for Bishopston Valley


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Path leads to road before descending Smugglers lane


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Snow totally gone from fields between Southgate and Pennard


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A few stiles to negotiate


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Stiles slow down the group


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More stiles!


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Smugglers tales from Alan


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Main Road from Pennard to Southgate


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Smugglers must have needed snorkels if it was as wet as this!


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Bishopston Valley with a river swollen with melt water


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Climbing up to Hanging Rock


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Alan describes site of a prehistoric hill fort


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National Trust has removed the undergrowth to reveal the settlement


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Above Pwlldu as weather closes in


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Descending to Pwlldu


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Mist rolling in before the rain


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Into Pwlldu just before the heavens opened!




All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan 2010
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