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Merthyr Ramblers Social Evening

Join us every first Monday of each month at 6pm in Merthyr Wetherspoons (Y Dic Penderyn) for our monthly social evening. Everyone welcome - come and meet the Merthyr Valley Ramblers. Good company and a quiz to boot. Downstairs in the old library.

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Walks coming soon …

Fan Fawr

Date: Saturday, 02 December 2023

Walk type: Circular

Start time: 10:00 am.

Estimated finish time: 2:30 pm

Distance: 5.2 miles / 8.4 km

Ascent: 1268 ft / 386 m

Walk difficulty: Strenuous

Booking is essential

Walk description: From the Storey Arms car park we cross a style onto and across Bryn Du to the foot of Fan Fawr. We then ascend strenuously to the summit of Fan Fawr and onto it’s rear slope to the trig point. We return to the Fan Fawr summit and descend along Cefn yr Henriw to the Beacons Reservoir and back via Pont ar Daf to Storey Arms car park.

Bryn Du and the return route around the west side of Beacons Reservoir can be wet and boggy.

If the Storey Arms car park is full, please follow the A470 towards Brecon and park in the large layby around the corner from the Storey Arms.

Start Place: Storey Arms car park

Grid Ref:  SN 98238 20299

GPS:  51.871946, -3.4795091

What3Words:  interest.denser.necklaces

Contact Details:

Walk Leader: Simon Williams

Walk leader

Walk classification:

Surroundings:  Moor, heath, reservoir, river, mountain

Special status:  National Park, Open access land

Facilities: Free car parking, toilets

View walk on Ramblers National Web Site

Walk ID: 100193057

Last update: Sun, 26 Nov 2023

Llangynidyr to Talybont

Date: Saturday, 09 December 2023

Walk type: Linear

Start time: 

Estimated finish time: 

Distance: 6 miles / 9.7 km

Walk difficulty: Leisurely

Booking is essential

Walk description: Leisurely linear walk along the canal from Llangynidyr to Talybont. We will go as far as the prison in Talybont which is just above the canal. On the way we pass the old work house which is now two lovely white cottages along the side of the canal, which in its day was the M.4 of its time taking the canal barges from Brecon to Newport. It is a quiet walk with lovely views across the Usk valley the ancient trees are a sight to see with their autumn colours.

Start Place: Llangynidyr car park opposite the community centre

Grid Ref:  SO 15575 19576

GPS:  51.868347 , -3.2275770

What3Words:  proudest.desire.rebounder

Contact Details:

Walk Leader: Morfydd Jenkins

Walk leader

Last update: Mon, 27 Nov 2023

Ynys Owen - Merthyr Vale hidden gem

Date: Saturday, 13 January 2024

Walk type: Circular

Start time: 10:00 am.

Estimated finish time: 3:00 pm

Distance: 8 miles / 12.8 km

Walk difficulty: Moderate

Booking is essential

Walk description: We start off leisurely along the banks of the river taff to Quakers Yard station. We then do a dogleg through Quakers Yard to Treharris Park onto the drovers road up to and through Penbwlcha and Ynys Owen with its amazing low level views, This area is heavily wooded with various traditional long house farms and was known as Owain Glyndwr’s riverside meadow. We turn the corner here and make our way back via a footpath that runs along side Tir Lan farm and back to Parc Taf Bargoed car park.

One fairly steep climb through Treharris Park

Whilst walking over Ynys Owen, dogs will need to be kept on a lead as last time there were loads of cows, but it is open land.

There is a coffee shop, if wanted 1 mile along the banks of the lake.

Start Place: Parc Taff Bargoed car park, Treharris

Grid Ref:  ST 10224 97632

GPS:  51.670266 , -3.2995892

What3Words:  timidly.will.truckload

Contact Details:

Walk Leader: Christine and Carol

 07733 545834

Walk classification:

Suitability:  Dog friendly (on leash around stock etc,)

Surroundings:  Open country

Theme: History, heritage

Special Status: Open access land

Facilities: Parking

Transport: Car parking available

Accessibilty: Experienced walkers, could be difficult for brand new walkers

View walk on Ramblers National Web Site

Walk ID: 100191876

Last update: Mon, 20 Nov 2023

To be announced …

Date: Saturday, 16 December 2023

Walk leader: John Holloway


Date: Tuesday, 26 December 2023

Walk leader: Alan Hancox


Date: Saturday, 06 January 2024

Walk leader: Morfydd Jenkins


Date: Saturday, 20 January 2024

Christmas dinner


Date: Saturday, 27 January 2024

Walk leader: Peter Crawley


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