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Coelbren & Henrhyd Waterfall
A St David's Day walk
with St Patrick for good measure!
A joint walk led by Cynon Valley Ramblers

1st March 2014

Leader: Allan Harrison




A Gower walk may be on our doorstep but heading inland for a change to Gower Walking brought us to Coelbren, near the Upper Swansea Valley.  Here we met up with Cynon Valley Ramblers for another of our joint walks which always promise a good day out.  About seventy of us set off from Price's Arms on St David's Day, an important date in the Welsh calendar.  St David is the patron saint of Wales but not many people know that St Patrick was also born nearby.  We went to a stone commemorating his birthplace before setting off for a large Roman Fort which marked the point where we joined the ancient Roman road, Sarn Helen.  Circling around back towards Coelbren, we made our way to the famous Henrhyd Waterfall, now in the care of the National Trust.  Ascending the steep valley, we emerged onto the road to Coelbren then diverted off onto an old tramway which brought us back to the start.  We'd parked by Price's Arms where we had 'Chicken in the Basket' and a Welsh themed quiz.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and our thanks go to Cynon Valley for organising it.  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: Allan Harrison


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Now do we go left or right?


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Turned right and through the old tunnel


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Views opened up and the ditch was full of frogspawn


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Lots of us out today


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A couple of very old gates to pass through


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Banwen in the distance


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This is where St Patrick was born


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Spring sunshine


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Arriving at St Patrick's Stone


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Quick break by the stone


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Snow on Pen y Fan


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One last look at the plaque


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We're not going up there today!


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Heading fo the Roman Fort


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People wore daffodils and leeks


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On Sarn Helen Roman Road


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Almost at the Nant Llech above Henrhyd


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This stream will soon flow over the waterfall


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Descending the valley


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Once at the bottom, you have to climb up to Henrhyd Waterfall


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Nant Llech resting after its tumble over Henrhyd Falls


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There's Henrhyd Waterfall!


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Now where does Zetta think she's going?


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Now you see her, now you don't


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Lots of walkers tried it out as well


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Ascending out of the valley


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And one last look at Henrhyd


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On way to Coelbren


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An old tramway is a more pleasant way back
Now for the Chicken in the Basket!



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