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This was a fabulous, very varied and interesting 9 mile circular walk in and around the mountains of Abertillery, starting and ending at the impressive 12 metre high steel statue of a miner, called Guardian, which commemorates the mining deaths of 45 men and boys on 28th June 1960.  The route rose steeply up through Abertillery into the forest and out on to the moorland ridge, which provided wide and dramatic views, and then in a south-easterly direction down to St Illtyd's church, above Llanhilleth, the oldest historic building in Blaenau Gwent.  The valley looked fantastic from the tops and the weather stayed dry.  Thanks to Gail for a great day out.

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