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Swansea Ramblers Walk


Dare Valley Country Park
A joint walk with Cynon Valley Ramblers

9th January 2012

Leader: Mike Harrison





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader: Mike Harrison


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Cynon Valley Ramblers invited us once more to join one of their walks


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The joint walk started from the Dare Valley Country Park


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There are a number of way marked trails in the park


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There was a lot of uphill walking to do. Aberdare is in the valley below


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Through some old woodland


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Nearly reached the ridge but lots more climbing to do!


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Rainbow in the mist


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Taking a break at the ridge while the back of the group walk up to join us


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Walking up to the reservoir


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Stone posts mark the route we need to walk


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Walk was dog friendly


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Stopped for tea


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Old bridge at the tea stop


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Walking up into the hill fog. Is it going to rain?


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Lunch stop on the tree stumps of the forest


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One of many mountain streams we walked past


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This uphill walking seems never ending today!


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More hill fog but the sun is coming out


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Walking into blue skies (and views!)


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Old Smokey in the distance is a coal tip but looks like another mountain


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Looking (at last!) at the extensive views without the cloud


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Shame we weren't able to see these views on the walk up


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Downhill from now on


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A moth caterpillar doesn't seem to mind the cold


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Aberdare in the distance


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Down a slippery hillside


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Site of an old mine


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An old winding wheel


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Pleasant riverside walk back


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Ducks on the reservoir


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Back to the visitor centre





Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






Ordnance Survey map of the area
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)






Google Earth view of walk

If you have Google Earth installed then download the route by clicking the image

Google Earth allows you to fly over the route and see it from different angles
(The Google Earth application can be downloaded and installed from the options on the Google search page)




All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan and Rob Johnston 2012
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