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Swansea Ramblers Walk


Craig-y-nos and the Giedd
A joint walk with Islwyn Ramblers

19th July 2015

Leader: Simon Foster




Once again Swansea Ramblers joined with our friends in Islwyn Ramblers for a superb walk in very good weather above Madam Patti's Craig-y-nos residence.  Early rain before the walk meant clear visibility on the hills and we felt like we were walking in the foothills of the Alps - which is probably why a Victorian European opera star ended up building Craig y nos in the Swansea Valley.  We were rewarded with a stop for ice-creams in the country park then afterwards, we visited the newly reopened and refurnished Tafarn y Garreg.  We'll be looking forward to future walks with Islwyn!  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 and social events we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader Simon Foster


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Starting off in sunshine with clear visibility
Rain? What rain?!



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Ascending above Dan yr Ogof


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Fine views up the valley


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Fine views down the valley!


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Craig-y-nos Castle


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What are all these Ramblers doing up here?


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Simon shows us one of three different types of lichen to be seen today


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Lichen on rock


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Passed a number of pools


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Strange rock formations


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Pwll y cig


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Sinc Giedd Swallow hole


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Had a coffee stop by the stream


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Then set off to climb between Disgwylfa and Carreg Goch


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Stream tumbing over rocks


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Climb between Disgwylfa and Carreg Goch


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Another sort of lichen


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Simon discusses this lichen


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In a vast empty mountain location


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Time for a lunch stop near Castell y Geifr


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Dragonflies about


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And frogs!


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Spectacular scenery


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Descending


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Passing Pwll-y-Wydden shake hole


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Descending to Swansea Valley


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Craig-y-nos Castle


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Into the country park


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Superb views in the valley as well !


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Back past The Gwyn Arms to the cars
but there's a wedding here so it's up to Tafarn y Garreg!






Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information



All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan(Except photographs 14,23,46 - Linda Williams) 2015
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