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Baglan/Aberavon/Port Talbot

This was an event that had had to be postponed last October as the walk leader was ill. Gerry had forgotten this fact and when he'd seen this walk advertised (again) he wondered why it was being repeated so soon!!

This was a walk I'd made up from an OS map. The start is onto the Coast Path and through the dune system to the beach. Not many people walk here and you can virtually have the beach to yourself. The views are back to Swansea, The Marina area and Mumbles which is most unusual view, especially for the people who live in Swansea and normally look the opposite way, over to Aberavon and Port Talbot.

It was nice to see some regulars turn up for this walk, as well as a few newbies who also joined us, Andy working in the area, Rhys who had walked with the South Wales group and who hadn't walked 9+ miles before (the length of this walk!!) and Gary who had done a round trip from Manchester to view the nearby (now notorious )" Banksy" and added this event to his itinerary as he had lived in Port Talbot in his youth and was looking forward to seeing some areas on this walk that meant a lot to him.

After we'd emerged from the dunes onto the beach, Jamie and Lecky decided to retrace their steps back to the start. The rest of us continued with a long walk along the beach which brought us to Aberavon sea front and then a mile or so through the streets of Port Talbot to St Mary's church and the graveyard giving an account of the tragic story of Dic Penderyn who was hanged for a crime he seemingly didn't commit.

Here was the lunch stop and afterwards we started the climb up onto Mynydd Dinas. It was a bit of a slog up the hill but the views at the top were fabulous down over the whole of the Port Talbot and Swansea area.

We continued on the mountain and stopped again briefly to take in the great views before descending and walking through houses to get to a lovely woodland and forestry which took us back to the start point.

We had been blessed with an almost dry day for this rather lovely walk which included lots of different terrain.

Many thanks to everyone who came. It was great to catch up with the regulars, and to show even some locals, some new paths in that area, and also nice to chat with the newbies who hopefully will join us again soon.




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