Swansea Ramblers Walk
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.
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Leader: Allan Harrison
Now do we go left or right?
Turned right and through the old tunnel
Views opened up and the ditch was full of frogspawn
Lots of us out today
A couple of very old gates to pass through
Banwen in the distance
This is where St Patrick was born
Arriving at St Patrick's Stone
Quick break by the stone
Snow on Pen y Fan
One last look at the plaque
We're not going up there today!
Heading fo the Roman Fort
People wore daffodils and leeks
On Sarn Helen Roman Road
Almost at the Nant Llech above Henrhyd
This stream will soon flow over the waterfall
Descending the valley
Once at the bottom, you have to climb up to Henrhyd Waterfall
Nant Llech resting after its tumble over Henrhyd Falls
There's Henrhyd Waterfall!
Now where does Zetta think she's going?
Now you see her, now you don't
Lots of walkers tried it out as well
Ascending out of the valley
And one last look at Henrhyd
On way to Coelbren
An old tramway is a more pleasant way back
Now for the Chicken in the Basket!
Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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Andrew Morgan & Elaine Reed 2014
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