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Mynydd Myddfai, the Roman Camps and the Usk Reservoir

13th March 2011

Leader: John France




Professor John France led another of his history walks, this time in the area near the Usk Reservoir where the Roman Army had an important base to control the area.





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader: John France


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We'll be walking near these woods soon


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John leads the way


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The Usk Reservoir


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Crossing the reservoir


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Heading for the forestry


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Easy walking so far


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Very sunny and clear but still pools of water about


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John points to the Roman camp


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Heading across the moor


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Catch up on the high ground


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Good views of Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Hir and Fan Foel


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... and Pen y Fan


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Heading for the best preserved Roman Camp in Britain


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John gave us a talk then we retraced our steps


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Starting to descend to the north


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Beautiful views


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But downhill means back up at some point


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Cwmclyd Farm and the climb ahead of us


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Trees not yet in leaf


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Long way up to go!


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Tadpoles in a shallow pool


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Long climb up


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A Red Kite waiting to pick off a straggler


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Views towards Fan Brycheiniog


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Still some climbing to do


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But the view is worth it


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Steep valley ahead but we'll go left


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Still wonderfully sunny


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More climbing!


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Rough ground to cross


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We went the easier way than they did


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But we all get good views


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A Red Kite waits for the exhausted Rambler


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Tim points out the summits


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Tea break by the pond


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Joining the Reservoir path


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Getting colder but plenty of good views


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Nice to walk back in the forest


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Could be in American Wild West!


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Not far now


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Cars are over in the woods to the left


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A buzzard tries to get in on the act


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Back to the cars and no losses to the birds


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Time for a pint in the Ancient Briton





VIDEO: John tells us about the Roman Camp
Duration: 7m 01s







Ordnance Survey map of the area
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