Coed Morgannwg Way - as I walked it


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Trail stats

40.79 mi
Elevation gain
5,453 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
6,204 ft
Max elevation
1,957 ft
Min elevation
94 ft
Trail type
One Way
one day 7 hours 47 minutes
November 16, 2016
November 2016
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near Abercanaid, Wales (United Kingdom)

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Itinerary description

This is a walk from Methyr Tydfil over the ridge to Aberdare and then through some of the more remote parts of South Wales to Margam Country Park. It is mainly through woods or moors passing many wind turbines and with views to the north. Waymarking is poor, many of the original markings have long since faded. The area is also popular with Mountain bikers.

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PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,153 ft
Photo ofDanger sign blocking path

Danger sign blocking path

At this point the route of the Coed Morgannwg as marked on Ordnance Survey maps is blocked by a barbed wire fence and a sign saying Danger, Quarrying (and its equivalent in Welsh).

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,513 ft
Photo ofPath blocked by brambles etc

Path blocked by brambles etc

This section of path is blocked by brambles, fallen trees, young pine trees etc. it is difficult to get around. An alternative is to follow a bike path (White's level) but there is the risk of being hit by a bike

PictographWaypoint Altitude 699 ft
Photo ofPost chopped down

Post chopped down

Someone appears to have tried to remove a waymark

PictographWaypoint Altitude 372 ft

Should have kept going east

At this point I followed a footprint waymark that I though was the Coed Morgannwg Way. It took me to a bridge further west and added distance to the route. I should have keep going east.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,065 ft

Took wrong route should go straight on

I misread a waymark and went down a bike path to a parallel track. I should have gone straight on

PictographProvisioning Altitude 437 ft

Afan Forest Visitor Centre Cafe

The Afan Forest Visitor centre has a cafe and a mining museum

PictographProvisioning Altitude 203 ft

Another cafe at Margam Castle

Margam Country Park has a Castle, cafe, abbey ruins, orangery, car park and much more

PictographProvisioning Altitude 750 ft

Bryn Bettws Lodge

Lodge with cafe, camping and log cabins

PictographProvisioning Altitude 605 ft

Dare Valley Visitor Centre Cafe and Camping


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