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Event Reports from South Wales Group


Skenfrith - just on the border

3 Oct 2018 | South Wales Group

15 eager walkers made the most of the dry weather and reasonable warmth for a circular walk ro Skenfrith on the English/South Wales border. Having made our way across beautiful countryside to the wonderful Skenfirth Castle, and being photographed for the Telegraph newspaper en-route, the group enjoyed a few sharp inclines and wooded glades, completing the third part of the '3 Castles Walk'.

Jon and his pooch, Max, kept us informed as to all the places of note, and we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the castle ruins, the highlight of the walk....
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11 Sep 2018 | South Wales Group

This year's All Wales Weekend was held in the beautiful Black Mountains in the village of Bwlch in Powys. On arriving on the Friday afternoon, we settled into the bunk house, which proved to be an excellent place to stay. The planned meal in the pub across the road had taken an unexpected turn earlier in the week when we were informed that the landlord's wife - the pub's cook - was unable to work, as she had fallen off a quadbike and broken her arm in two places. The landlord however, not to let us down, roped ...
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21 Aug 2018 | South Wales Group

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....
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Merthyr Tydfil

26 Jul 2018 | South Wales Group

Stephen led a group on this circular walk in and around Merthyr Tydfil taking in fascinating industrial heritage, two castles, two viaducts, rivers, and quarries. Walking in the footsteps of iron workers and their wealthy masters, the route headed over the River Taff to the site of the old Cyfarthfa Ironworks before it headed up the Taff Trail along a green corridor out of town. The route then looped back to climb to the summit of Morlais Hill, site of a ruined Norman castle, before it returned along the banks of the delightful cascading Taf Fechan river, back to the start....
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