Saturday 19th July walking part of the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway.

Jamie, Andrew, Wayne and myself, met at Penallta Park 9 30 am, the weather was cloudy but humid. Penallta Park was once a Colliery, now industry has turned to leisure. We walked north from the car park, lots of blue tits about and swifts too. Took a left and walked down a steep gravel path, on to the Nelson cycling track, where a Heron gently swept past. Over the old stone bridge through farm land across a busy road. To the style  which was over grown and full of stingy nettles. Today i phoned Andy Powell from CCBC  informed him of what i found, he is on the case. The fields were so overgrown we were soaked from last nights rain. Wayne and i wore shorts, Jamie and Andrew wore jeans, legs can be wiped dry, clothing you just have to carry on. Making our way up to Llanfabon, the sun came out to add more heat looking back to where we walked.


Walking  across Mynydd Eglwysilan we came across potholed paths, filled with last nights rain, the boys ahead dodging the puddles along the Pylon path.


For a change one of me on the gravel path, thank you Andrew for the photo.


We could see St Llan’s church in the distance, slight wind carried the sheep’s bleating sound, a bird of prey swooped done for its lunch. We called in the Rose and Crown pub next door to the church, it would have been rude not too. After walking 6 miles we sat outside having a cuppa no not pint.


Refreshed and ready to carry on to Groeswen this view greeted us.


Beautiful, inspiring us on are our way. Due to the fields and paths being wet, our boots were waterlogged and our socks were soaked. We decided to cut the walk at Penrhos. From there we walked to Aber Station for the train to Ystrad Mynach. We would continue our walk south of Penallta Park. What a serene path to walk through poetic.


We walked 10 miles we were tired and wet  we all felt we had walked 20 miles. Finished the walk 2 30 pm.


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