Valley views and coastal paths for Penarth Ramblers

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

– Local People

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Leaders from Penarth and District Ramblers recently hosted two train rambles.

The first was from Bargoed, where 12 walkers and Biddy the dog joined John R for the descent into the lovely Rhymney Valley, followed by a steep climb through streets in Aberbargoed that would lead them out onto moorland with a view up the valley to New Tredegar.

Following morning break in sunshine, they trekked across part of Mynydd Bedwellte to overlook the Sirhowy Valley and upon reaching an old disused tip, a rocky steep descent led them to the valley floor and the busy A4048.

Following part of the Sirhowy River through the lovely green valley, with its old disused railway track as a reminder of past industry, a climb beside a small brook brought them past a ruined farm. An old tramroad would bring them uphill for lunch break, overlooking the valley they had just passed through.

The crossed open moorland containing sheep and ponies and joined the Sirhowy Valley Walk before the descent on a rough stony track, and by road to Manmoel.

Crossing fields with lovely views and descending by road to re-cross the Sirhowy River, another steep climb eventually led them back to Aberbargoed and the station to catch the train home.

Terry and her fellow 13 walkers hit some confusion and her fellow co-leader missed the walk entirely, because trains were running late following vandalism to a train at Eastbrook.

Eventually setting off from Parkway in Port Talbot to complete another section of the long distance Wales Coast Path, they made their way to Margam Moors in bright sunshine with a cool breeze.

Crossing railway tracks at Margam Sidings, they joined a grassy path at Margam Moors, a reclaimed salt marsh that was originally part of Margam Abbey, and stopped for home-baked cake from John R.

A wooden footbridge led them into the sand dunes on the edge of Margam Burrows, used for military purposes during World War Two, and then onto the beach, where the receding tide was glinting in the sunlight.

Crossing Kenfig Sands, they located a sheltered spot near the dunes for lunch before following a track above the beach to reach Sker Point and Sker House, built on the site of a medieval grange.

The coast path led them on past the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and out onto Lock’s Common. Reaching the esplanade at Porthcawl, they encountered lots of other people enjoying the afternoon sunshine, before making their way to John Street to return home, first by bus and then train.

On April 20, meet at 9.30am at Barry Dock Railway Station to share transport for a nine-mile moderate linear walk along the coast path from Rhoose to Llantwit Major with a train journey back; contact Geraint on 029 2051 5278.

On April 22, Easter Monday, meet at 9am at Cogan Leisure Centre for a 13-mile hard walk taking in Hay Bluff, Twmpa and the Dragon’s Back; contact Robin on 029 2051 4051.

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Joy Strangward

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