Swansea Ramblers Walk
19th February 2011
Leader: Zetta Flew
Zetta led us over Mynydd Penbre to see a historic old farmhouse now in ruins. We had lovely views on a cold wintery day and were glad to be able to get out in the countryside.
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Leader: Zetta Flew
Setting off for the coast from Penybedd Car Park
Later we'll be climbing that hill in the background
Reached the Wales Coast Path
Path's wet but at least it didn't rain
Climbing the dunes to head back inland
Heading for the golf course
Chris and Peter from Llanelli Ramblers joined us for the walk
Pembrey Church has one of the last cow pounds
A memorial to those lost at sea has an international claim to fame
Josephine's niece was drowned during a storm at sea
Heading for the community centre
Learning how to make walking sticks
Classes on how to craft a traditional walking stick
Here starts the mountain walk!
Not exactly the Brecon beacons but still a puff to get up!
Negotiating an old gate - should see the state on the stiles!
Down then up again
Glad we're still having fun!
Our leader demonstrates the right way to fall on slippery mud
Well I did say mud! Where's the nearest launderette?
That looks a bit steep - Don't go near it Zetta!
Oh dear! I forgot to warn Roger about that drop!
Ah! A couple of friendly horses came to say hello
Oh! They brought four friends
Look Out! There's a herd of them ganging up on you!
Spring has sprung at last but it doesn't feel like it!
Peter negotiates one of many strange or damaged stiles
From stile to sty-le - Sorry! Couldn't resist that one!
This is where the leader says "now on a clear day you would have seen.."
... and Zetta tries hard to see what she saw on the recce
... and Karen climbs a tree to see what Zetta would have seen
... and then the clouds part and we see it - (just!) Worm's Head and Burry Holms
So we had lunch looking at the misty view then descended the hill
Then climbed the next hill ! Good views over Loughor Estuary
Gorse is coming into flower
There's Burry Port Lighthouse below us
Worm's Head is still trying to come into view
Now we're coming to Mumbles Head ... (Mumbles Head ??!!)
Doesn't look like Mumbles to me!
Which way to Fortes' Cafe?
Zetta's found another up!
He didn't like the look of us and flew away
That's more like it! But you should have seen it on the recce!
No more ups! Downhill now to the mire (Mire!!)
Sun eventually came out and filtered through the trees
Peter's found the mire - Ffrwdd Farm Mire Nature Reserve
Luckily someone built an old tram way so we can keep our feet dry
Lots of new metal footpath signs going up in Carmarthenshire
Typical the sun came out when the walk was almost over
Not far now through Penybedd Woods
Peter leads the way
Back to the pub in Pwll for a drink and social
Sunset over Loughor Estuary later in the day
VIDEO: Leader's Introduction to the walk
VIDEO: Zetta tells us the history of Pembrey Court
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Andrew Morgan 2011
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