Morlais Castle

Left the north gates of Cyfartha Park at 8 55am captured the sun coming out over the lake at Cyfartha Park. That was the last time I saw the sun.

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Walked on to the old tram road to Taf Fechan nature reserve.

photo6232 The weather was good for walking but you had to keep mind to feet.The river sang a wonderful lament to me. Following Alder trees that cloggers used to make cloggs, to an open lime meadow.

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Leaving the nature reserve behind I crossed the road through a gate and up a steep path.

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Towards the quarry

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 I last did this walk two years ago with friends and I was not leading walk. I noticed there was no designated path to Morlais Castle also the sign for the Morlais trail had disappeared

The views on top were stunning. In the distance Pont Sarn viaduct

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I took a wrong turning but with my built-in compass I was soon back on track.

Walked up the many wooden slippery steps

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Up until now I had not seen another human being until the man wearing wellies with sheep dog. He told me I was heading for the Brecon Railway. We chatted then he moaned about the area and Morlais Castle not having a designated path.

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I climbed on my hands and knees up the quarry face, it was hard work, slabs were very slippery. My inner voice reminded me that I have to walk back this way later. The colour of my face  half way and I still had more climbing to do.

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At the Castle the Merthyr mist came in and very wisely I made my way back

This walk is a good 9 miles and you need to be fit and not afraid of heights.

I will be leading this walk on Saturday 21st January 2017

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