Swansea Ramblers Walk
River Clydach & Mynydd Gelliwastad
20th April 2013
Leader: Lynne Esson
Lynne took us for yet another outstanding walk in glorious sunshine. We had completed membership applications handed to us and more new faces came on the walk. Starting at the RSPB reserve in Cwm Clydach, Craig Cefn Parc, twenty-three of us set off along the riverside path.
Ignoring the footbridge, Lynne instead turned back and uphill to cross the road and continue uphill to Cadwgan Road. At the end of the road a pleasant green lane took us towards Llwyn-y-Domen Farm. This track looked like it could be very muddy in the wet but today was no problem. The path should have gone through the farmyard gate but a tractor was parked blocking access so we had to proceed through the garden to reach the road.
Down the road for almost half a mile, we turned right uphill on unregistered paths on access land that led us up onto Mynydd Gelliwastad. Here we enjoyed fabulous sunny views south to the sea at Port Talbot and north up to the Brecon Beacons. Here we enjoyed a lunch stop in the sunshine before descending left then right along a path above the fields. Turning left downhill on a rocky lane, we turned left on the road and descended to Quarr Road.
Left on the main road brought us to the community centre and the footpath along the River Clydach. We went past the waterfall and continued north until we reached the bend in the road and the car park.
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Leader: Lynne Esson
Video of the leader telling us about the walk
Duration 01m 48s
Heading upstream at RSPB Cwm Clydach Reserve
Some of the twenty-three people out today
Beautiful sunny day
Starting the climb to the mountain
Having a catch up
Farm track and dry mud!
Llwyn-y-Domen and problems up ahead
Tractor parked across the right of way
but he let us through the garden!
A little bit of road walking
Starting to climb Mynydd Gelliwastad
Fine views from here
Another catch up
Look at the views Lynne has found!
Lunch overlooking the Swansea Valley above Clydach
Swansea Valley below
Waiting for everyone to catch up
Descending back to Clydach
Main road through Clydach
Waterfall on the Clydach River
Nearly back now
Final view of the river
Back to Cwm Clydach
Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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Andrew Morgan 2013
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