Llansamlet to Ystalyfera and back

On Wednesday, I introduced Paul to the National Cycle Network Route 43. This route will eventually link up  Builth Wells with Swansea, but so far the off road section runs from Swansea to Ystralafera.

Sustrans link

We parked a little north of Swansea in the Llansamlet Trading Estate.  This route has been blogged before by myself and so not much more to add.

Previous blog

We did however come across a considerable amount of bank side work being carried out as the route runs alongside the Afon Tawe adjacent to Llansamlet.  Further on where the river takes a sharp left  the route is closed because of a large flood defence project which will last until 2014.  However the diversion continues on an off route track and we were soon back on the main route.

The weather could have been better but it did improve as the day went on.

I previously mentioned the memorial to the miners killed in 2011 and today we were able to speak to a local who explained where the mine was.  He lives on the other side of the valley and explained his concerns about further mines being opened near him and the possible danger of landslips if explosives are used.  Presumably the mining of coal is becoming cost effective again.

Back at Llansamlet we had a look in Tredz a large bike retailer and also a walk around Go Outdoors.  Neither shop benefitted from our plastic.

The following has nothing to do with the trip but it is an excuse to show a print we now have in our kitchen – will we buy a tandem?

The artist is Sarah Toft

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