Gay Outdoor Club
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The Miner's Trail Cwmtwrch

7 Aug 2015 | West Wales Group

Sandwiched between a few dark dreary wet --seeming more like November-- days, dawned a beautiful sunny Sunday and thirteen of us lucky GOC'ers, plus Whisper escaped into the glorious sunshine to explore The Miner's Trail.

Some of the group knew the main road through this area but most hadn't walked here and a few who could be regarded as "locals" were surprised and amazed at what this walk had to offer and what industrial remains we found on our meander through this beautiful countryside.

We met at Cwmllynfell the next village and started off through a lovely green area down to Cwmtwrch where there was an information board giving details of the conditions in the village at that time and showing the trail the Miner's took to their place of work each day, including some impressive photo's.

We veered off to the right through a lovely wood and beside the Twrch River, eventually coming out into a wide open space where we stopped for a few minutes to take in and admire the impressive 360 degree views over to the neighbouring scattering of hills and mountains including the Brecon Beacons and beyond.

With ever rumbling tummies we continued our route down to our lunch stop by the river complete with weir and with picnic tables so we could spread out eat, drink and enjoy the warm sunshine.

After lunch we soon came to the Miner's place of work, an impressive red brick chimney and a very large lime kiln, both in impressive pristine condition.

Onwards and upwards took us to a great viewpoint where we could see up and down the valley and then we passed a farm or two and through some fields, one of which I gave the group a full 360 degree tour, looking desperately for the way out which had, unusually for me, momentarily escaped me.

Bev got us back on track and we carried on through an inquisitive herd of cows and over a lovely footbridge and onto the cycle path for the last part of the route back to the cars.

Everyone agreed what a fabulous walk this had been and a glimpse of the industrial past hidden away in this area had been quite fascinating.

I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this beautiful area and showing off just what can be found if you explore a little off the beaten track.

It's always great to get such an appreciative audience, so many thanks to everyone who came and really made this a super day.

 

 

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