This was a circular walk of around 9 miles to the west of Newport taking in a circular walk around Fourteen Locks, which is recognised as an engineering wonder of the Industrial Revolution. The weather forecast was awful and unfortunately, spot on, as it rained persistently throughout the walk and made the woods and fields we visited very muddy and slippery. Undeterred however, it was great to see that twenty people attended, some travelling some distance.
From the starting point, we set out for the Fourteen Locks, initially through Tredegar Park and it's old golf course to Bassaleg, then along the River Ebbw for a time before crossing the A467 at Rogerstone and climbing up through Cefn Wood to the Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre. We then took in a circular walk around the locks, climbing to the Ridgeway area of Newport, where unfortunately, the superb views offered here were obscured by heavy grey clouds. We then descended through Allt-yr-yn Woods, where Alan described the lido that once graced this wood, back to the locks, and after a close encounter with the M4, we set out across fields and Tredegar Park Golf Course, before arriving again at the visitor centre past the Ynysyfro reservoirs. We then took a different route back to the starting point along roads and streets and finally crossing the iron age fort site at Gaer before dropping back to the start.
It was pooring down as we finished the walk, but a good crowd squeezed into Alan and Ben's living room in front of the fire and treated themsleves with various cakes and biscuits, and hot drinks. A really interesting and enjoyable walk, despite the weather, and a big thanks to all who supported it.