Tag: St Illtud's Walk

St Illtud’s Walk: day 6: Y Creunant to Resolfen

May 24, 2024 3 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk: day 6: Y Creunant to Resolfen

We’ve now erased the dark memory of Day 5, back in November, and today the daylight hours are reassuringly long.  So C and I feel up to tackling another inter-valley stage of the Walk, from Y Creunant to Resolfen.  We should have done this as the coda to the last stage, but exhaustion and fading […]

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St Illtud’s Walk, day 5: Pontardawe to Creunant

November 10, 2023 2 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk, day 5: Pontardawe to Creunant

Forestry isn’t my favourite walking environment, and today has done nothing to shift that prejudice.  It all began so well.  Well, fairly well.  Today C. and I start out by bus.  But since our last encounter with St Illtud, First Cymru has done its best to destroy our local bus timetable.  It now takes nearly […]

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St Illtud’s Walk, day 4: Penlle’r Castell to Pontardawe

September 22, 2023 0 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk, day 4: Penlle’r Castell to Pontardawe

No buses go anywhere near Penlle’r Castell, so C and I are lucky this morning to catch a lift by car.  It’s a bright autumn day, with good visibility and little threat of rain.  We’re back on the high moor in the middle of windmill land, and the path takes us through another turbine colony, […]

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St Illtud’s Walk, day 3: Pontarddulais to Penlle’r Castell

August 25, 2023 2 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk, day 3: Pontarddulais to Penlle’r Castell

The excellent X13 bus runs all the way from Swansea to Llandeilo, but today C. and I take it just as far as Pontarddulais.  We aim to climb Graig Fawr and explore the hills beyond, as far as Penlle’r Castell, and maybe beyond.  The Met Office promises a cloudy but rainless day; it’s warm enough, […]

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St Illtud’s Walk, day 2: Furnace to Pontarddulais

June 2, 2023 0 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk, day 2: Furnace to Pontarddulais

A week later, and I’m back at Furnace, this time with a companion, C.  It promises to be sunny all day, with a slight breeze to offset the heat.  We’ve walked up from the bus station, past the small villas of Llanelli’s Victorian middle classes and the spawling Stradey Park Hotel, where, according to the […]

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St Illtud’s Walk, day 1: Pen-bre to Furnace

May 26, 2023 2 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk, day 1: Pen-bre to Furnace

It’s a local enough path, but I’ve never walked it before.  St Illtud’s Walk, invented by Colin Davies of Llanelli Ramblers in 1994, joins two country parks, Pen-bre and Margam, passing through three counties and some very varied terrain.  As practice for tackling Glyndŵr’s Way next month, it’s my ideal preparation, offering good distances and […]

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