Today’s walk was really an aside to helping Janice (Mrs Navigator) erect her huge tent for her stay in Brecon to visit the jazz festival.
However The Navigator thought it would be useful to aid my rehab. if we made best use of the day and have a walk with some up and of course down.
Here is the Route (click).
We parked in the public car park in Sennybridge, crossed the A40 and over Pont Llwyncyntefin. Quite some time ago I used to kayak from near here and paddle over the three weirs.
There is a riverside footpath here heading upstream which leads to a minor road. Near Beili Bedw we took the green lane – wet in places.. This lane took us back to the A40 where we had to walk for a short time before crossing over and heading for Pontysgallog. We now had about 1.5 of road walking, but it was reasonably free of traffic..
At Nantyrharn we took the bridleway which takes a north easterly route up onto Forest Fach and then to the trig point 381.
We did stop for lunch just after Nantyrharn. There were some good views of the Brecon Beacons from the central ones, where no doubt on this fine day there were probably loads of walkers and then over to the westerly beacons.
We left the trig point and headed down via the track shown to the left of the disused quarry. On the way views of Sennybridge appeared.
When we reached the minor road we turned right and at Trephillip Bridge took the footpath upstream on the Afon Senni back to to the car. There was an amusing sign in the river.
It had been a good walk if not a little on the hot side (musn’t grumble!)
The next task awaited us just outside Brecon town where Janice’s home from home was erected without much trouble. This is camping but not as I know it! Palatial and a a Z bed which makes a neoair look like a board.
The Navigator and I headed back west leaving Janice to hopefully have a “cool” weekend
Continuing my rehabilitation following my knee operation today’s walk was to be longer and include some rougher ground. The plan was to catch a bus to Llansaint and walk back to Carmarthen using the Wales Coastal Path.
We parked our cars in Morrisons and caught the 0923 bus to Llanelli which went via Llansaint – a free ride courtesy of our bus passes.
This route would all be new to me as I had never been to Llansaint before and had not walked on this side of the Tywi estuary either.
The village of Llansaint put me in my mind of a small Cornish fisherman’s village with narrow streets and cwtched in around the church. The history board shows the village was famous for its cockle women despite it being on a hill and a fair way to the sea.
A potted history can be found on the link below.
We were on the look out for the Wales Coast Path logo, which on the whole were visible on the route but with a number of annoying omissions.
Our first stretch took us along a path leading to Pengay Farm which had an impressive bell in the courtyard gateway – mention of this in the wiki notes above.
Looking out to sea we had views of the Gower and Worm’s Head and carried on along footpaths which lead into a hidden valley and then on to Ferryside and its beach.
In days gone by one could catch a ferry to Llansteffan on the other side of the estuary where there are fine remains of a castle.
Our walk continued along a quiet lane and footpath to join another lane near Cwmburry. This lane was followed to the ruined farm of Pentrecwm and into the woods where the map shows “Hydraulic Ram”. This was either some experiment to do with sheep or more likely water, but we did not see it.
On we went through Towy Castle now a care home and no evidence of a castle. There were some expensive cars in the car park and if belonging to the owners I cannot see my sons placing me here!
At the end of the footpaths we came across the most attractive style I have seen, probably because it leads into a garden, but it is the path.
We came across a place name and an adjacent warning sign which made me chuckle.
More footpaths, some quite muddy, led us to a green lane and eventually to a minor road which led us to Croesyceilog and then back to our cars on the outskirts of Carmarthen.
Not a bad test for the knee as the distance was about 10 miles and the ground was quite rough in places with some ups and downs. We are off to Brecon area on Thursday for further testing!