Blaenau Gwent Heritage Guided Walks 2013

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An Evening Ramble (St Illtyd’s and Cwm Cyffin)

Grade: Moderate
Date: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – St Illtyd’s Church, Brynithel, NP13 2AY (SO 2180 0195)
Distance: 3 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or frank.olding@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

This gentle ramble walk will look at the medieval landscape around St. Illtyd’s church and nearby Cwm Cyffin. It will also look at industrial archaeology associated with the growth of the coal industry in the local area.

Walking boots, waterproofs essential.

 

In the Footsteps of the Chartists (Winchestown Patches and Mynydd Carn y Cefn)

Grade: Moderate
Date: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Brynmawr Museum, Market Square, Brynmawr, NP23 4AJ (SO 1915 1175)
Distance: 7 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) neu frank.olding@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

This circular walk will follow part of the route taken by the Nantyglo Chartists during the Chartist Uprising of 1839. It will also look at the industrial archaeology associated with the Nantyglo and Ebbw Vale Ironworks and will then pass the Cwm Merddog Nature Reserve before climbing up Tarren y Trwyn to explore the folklore of Mynydd Carn y Cefn. Watch out for fairies!!

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

 

An Evening Ramble (The Trefil Bomber Site)

Grade: Moderate
Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Start: Top House Pub, Trefil, Tredegar, NP22 4HG (SO 1196 1290). We will meet at the Top House and then drive to Blaen y Dyffryn (SO 1000 1520), where the walk will start.
Distance: 3 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or 07968 472812 (Alyson Tippings)

This gentle ramble walk will visit the site of the crash of a WWII Wellington bomber at Carn y Bugail above Trefil. It will also enjoy the splendid views across the Usk Valley and Brecon Beacons.

Weather dependent, walking boots, waterproofs essential.

Festival of British Archaeology (July 13th-28th)

Upland Archaeology of Blaenau Gwent

Grade: Moderate
Date: Monday, July 15th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Cost: Free
Start/Finish: Top House Pub, Trefil, Tredegar, NP22 4HG (SO 119128)
Distance: 6 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or frank.olding@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

A guided walk looking at the archaeology of upland Blaenau Gwent. The walk will take in the Duke’s Table, the Brinore tramroad, prehistoric burial mounds and the Chartists’ Cave.

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

 

Moorland Meander

Grade: Strenuous
Date: Friday, July 19th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Abertillery Museum, Market Street, Abertillery, NP13 1AH (SO 2180 0409)
Distance: 7 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or frank.olding@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

This circular walk will explore the moorland landscape above Abertillery and Cwmtillery – the haunt of the Old Hag of the Mountains. We will climb up Rhiw Lladron and along Waun Wen and Twyn Du looking at industrial archaeology and unusual Victorian monuments. We will then cross Mynydd Coety before returning via Cwmtillery with its outstanding medieval landscape and prehistoric monuments.

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.
The Seven Farms

Grade: Strenuous
Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Car Park at north end of Cwmcelyn Lakes, NP13 3LF (SO 2080 0876)
Distance: 7 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or frank.olding@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

This circular walk will explore the lonely and mysterious landscape above Cwmcelyn and Blaina – the haunt of the Old Hag of the Mountains and other supernatural creatures. We will walk through the Seven Farms of the Cwm Celyn valley and up onto Mynydd Milfraen to look at Bronze Age standing stones and ritual monuments. We will then cross Cefn Bach with amazing views over the Blaenavon World Heritage Site before returning via Mynydd James and its industrial archaeology.

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

 

Valleys Walking Festival 2013

Railway Ramble (Domen Fawr, Man Moel and Pen y Fan)

Grade: Strenuous
Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free (train fare needed)
Starting Point – Ebbw Vale Parkway Railway Station, Glan Ebbw Terrace, Victoria, Ebbw Vale, NP23 8AP (SO 1753 0717)
Finishing Point – Llanhilleth Railway Station, Commercial Road, Llanhilleth, Abertillery, NP13 2HT (SO 2166 0076)
Distance: 8 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or 07968 472812 (Alyson Tippings)

This linear walk will allow railway enthusiasts to catch the train to Ebbw Vale, enjoy a stunning walk and return to Llanhilleth to catch the train home. The walk will take in the breathtaking Dark Age and Medieval landscapes of Domen Fawr and Cefn Man Moel. We will then pass through the picturesque village of Man Moel before crossing Mynydd Pen y Fan via the Ebbw Valley Walk to return to the valley bottom at Llanhilleth and back to the train!

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

 

The Bailey Trail II (Brynmawr and the Clydach Gorge)

Grade: Moderate
Date: Monday, September 9th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Brynmawr Museum, Market Square, Brynmawr, NP22 4AJ (SO 1915 1175)
Distance: 6 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or 07968 472812 (Alyson Tippings)

This circular walk will look at the spectacular industrial archaeology associated with the infamous Crawshay and Joseph Bailey, the Nantyglo Ironmasters. The walk will cover the 1795 Clydach Railroad, Clydach Ironworks and the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway.

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

 

An Evening Ramble (Brynmawr Patches and Clydach Dingle)

Grade: Moderate
Date: Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Bridgend Inn, King Street, Brynmawr, NP23 4RE (SO 1957 1214) – please do not park in hte pub car park; there is ample parking on-street parking nearby
Distance: 3 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or 07968 472812 (Alyson Tippings)

This gentle ramble walk will look at the Brynmawr Patches some of the earliest industrial archaeology in Blaenau Gwent. It will cover bell-pits dating from the 1770s and 1780s and levels, hushes and races associated with the ironworks at Nantyglo and Beaufort.

Walking boots, waterproofs essential.

 

Tyleri Valley Heights and Mynydd James

Grade: Strenuous
Date: Friday, September 13th, 2013
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Starting/Finishing Point – Cwmtillery Lakes Car Park, Roberts Row, Cwmtillery, NP13 1LH (SO 2183 0616)
Distance: 7 miles
Leader: Frank Olding
Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding) or 07968 472812 (Alyson Tippings)

This circular walk will explore the moorland landscape above Abertillery and Cwmtillery – the haunt of the Old Hag of the Mountains. We will climb past up through the striking landscape of Cwmtillery looking at industrial archaeology and deserted medieval settlements. We will then ascend Mynydd James before returning to Cwmtillery via outstanding views across the Ebbw Fach valley.

Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.


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Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project

The Blaenau Gwent area has a wealth of local history and heritage.  Across the County Borough, groups of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to preserve and enhance the history and heritage of their local communities. The Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project aims to make this rich local heritage accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.  Thanks to a £250,000 funding package from the Heritage Lottery Fund, CyMAL (the museum, archives and libraries division of the Welsh Government) and Blaenau Gwent Council, the project is now up and running.
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