I missed last Monday’s walk owing to a bout of serious man flu, but almost fully recovered I joined again with The Navigator and his good lady for a very seasonal walk which would take into account Bethlehem. This was indeed to the east of where we live but there was a dearth of wise men.
A cracking winter day with blue skies throughout.
The car was parked on Carreg Sawdde common close to the road bridge and we headed through Felindre on a footpath across fields to Bryngwyn Farm and then on a lane to Dolau Farm. Here a footpath led up through the woods (ignore a footpath sign to your right which is not on the map) and to the road which leads to Bethlehem. The small post office does a roaring trade here in December.
The Beacons Way
starts here just after a well carved seat.
We followed this onto Carn Coch a huge iron age fort with good views to the Tywi Valley and down to Bethlehem. Further information Just as we joined the footpath we were lucky to see some eight or nine kites swooping up and down over a field.
We had lunch on the east slopes of Carn Goch and then continued to follow the Beacons Way to a junction before it climbed to Bwlch Y Gors. Our route went north west along the green dotted line. The route is good but a little muddy in places. If we had more day light hours we may well have taken the higher path which is just below Trichrug. This hill unfortunately is not on open access land.
We stayed on our path as it led downhill in a north westerly direction to join quiet lanes back to Felindre. We did pass a farm sign with an intriguing invitation, which we did not take!