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Bronlly’s Castle & The Whipping Tree, 02 September 2023

5 fireproof Merthyr Valley Ramblers braved the heat on my Bronllys Castle & Whipping Tree walk today. From Talgarth's main free car park we made our way north around the recreation ground. Following the path of the river through the potato fields we made our way towards Bronllys Castle, the views from the top were incredible and the castle itself is well worth a visit. After a tea break we continued north through fields towards Coldbrook before turning East toward the river once again. Once crossed we made our way to Great Porthamel, a confusing footpath change was navigated, albeit slightly incorrectly which gave us a close up of the tower! The hard work was ahead of us as we made the ascent up through Bradwys Wood, the shade of the wood was welcome in the midday heat as we made our way to the lunch spot with spectacular views across The Dragons Back and Black Mountains. Our route then took us through fields and woodland towards Llanelieu and St Ellwy's Church and the 400yo yew tree known as the whipping tree. A short road climb took us to Rhos Fach common which we crossed and joined the road which took us back to Talgarth. We had a welcome refreshment stop in the Bridgend Inn before returning to our cars and home.