Gay Outdoor Club
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Cwmavon, near Port Talbot--summer evening walk

9 Jun 2017 | West Wales, Women Groups

A smaller group of attendees is to be expected on these summer evening walks, but people who come, really enjoy a little 2 hour or so amble, at a slower pace than a weekend walk, with lots of time to chat along the way.

After 36 hours or so of lashing rain and high winds, the elements subsided for us, so that this could  just about be described as a summer evening!! We had a few black clouds pass over, but kept dry with a little sun at times too.

4 of the 6 people who came, had come from Cardiff and another from the other side of Carmarthen so their support was very much appreciated.

We started in Cwmavon by the River Afon, crossing a bridge by a weir where the high level of quickly moving water was gurgling and roaring underneath.

The path by the river bank was muddy in parts,  with lots of overgrown greenery and where we had glimpses of the river in parts, as we passed gaps in the foliage.

We spotted the obligatory upturned supermarket trolley in the river and a fisherman on the opposite bank, seemed to be trying to catch a tasty morsel for his supper.

The Japanese Knotweed has really taken hold here and had grown very tall and thick, so much so that I think by August it would be difficult to find the route through.

We passed yet another bridge and ploughed on, stepping over fallen trees and low hanging branches and emerged onto a third bridge and onto some minor roads through Cwmavon village, with its community centre, allotments and standing stone, to get to the cycle path that leads to Pontrhydyfen.

A few minutes up this track brought us to 3 sculptures of Dick Wagstaff,(Ranger of nearby Afan Forest Park for over 30 years) and more famous Rob Brydon and Richard Burton, who all came from the area.There is also a wind up machine that produces Richard Burton's melodious voice, reciting excerpts from Under Milk Wood and some famous poems.

After a brief stop there, we meandered back down the cycle path and back through Cwmavon and onto a different path on the other side of the River to make our way back to the waiting cars.

Everyone who attended was a real fan of getting out on a summer evening for a little stroll, but agreed they maybe wouldn't do it by themselves.No-one knew this area by the beautiful River and the sculptures were also new to them, so it's really great to show people somewhere just off the beaten track, but also near a built up area, as in this case, really near the centre of Port Talbot.

Peter commented that you wouldn't believe this River and lovely green walking area was here, a few minuted drive fron the steel works!!

 

 

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