Monday, 22 July 2013

A Paddle on the Cleddau

On part two of outdoor week Andy and I loaded up my open boat for a day on the Cleddau also known as the Secret Waterway.

The tide was just starting to flow and with no wind the surface was mirror calm and the sun was shining. We launched from the slipway adjacent to the Prince's Trust Adventure Centre and headed upstream for a coffee break just south of Mill Bay. One of the water side properties was up for sale - probably way beyond my reach.

We continued on towards Lawrenny and then into the Cresswell River probably as far as the bend by New Park and returned to Lawrenny beach for lunch.

Refreshed we headed back to our starting place

Monday, 8 July 2013

A Paddle on the Mon. & Brec. Canal

Although not a walk, another blog site is just too much.

It is becoming a rare event to take out the canoe but always a pleasure.  Today I had arranged to paddle with Judy, Mick, Mandy and Molly the dog, all good friends I have spent many an hour paddling with. Mick and I have also swam a goodly number of white water rivers!


Today was to be a calm day on the canal, with only Molly taking a swim. We met up at the basin in Pencelli and headed west to the aqueduct at Bryncych.


There were a number of youth groups launching at the same time but they went east.  We did meet a few canal boats on our trip as well  as the tour boat.

At Bryncych we pulled the canoes from the water and walked down to the Usk for a leisurely lunch and then turned for home.


Luckily Judy has a key for the bridge.
Note to self - must go canoeing more often, but there is so little time when one is retired!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


The Sunday chat with the Navigator informed me that we were heading for the Garnant area to walk either side of the valley.  He needs to find a future route which is not right on the edge of two maps!


We parked in Near Glanaman by a disused Chapel and walked over the railway to the Afon Amman and onto the shared pathway heading west and then north up the Grenig Road. We had a chat with a couple who explained about an apparent overgrown path - one we were to take.

Toward Tair Carn Uchaf

Where's the machete - we got through

A path was taken heading towards Garnant Golf Club and up to now the paths were well signposted but we hit a problem at refce 688120 where a footpath sign had been thrown to the ground and fences erected either side of a footbridge.

Council told and now involved

Wire cutters?
We backtracked and headed back to the golf club and walked down into Garnant, crossing the main road up towards Twyn and then GlynDeri.  Here we turned west along Llandeilo Road, passing the junction of Heol Felen and then taking the footpath heading south east to pass another disued chapel where I am told Ryan of Ryan and Ronnie fame is buried..  Opposite the chapel the footpath heading south west was followed  back to the car.

Rare sight
The Navigator was disappointed at the previously mentioned footpath blockage as his plans were disrupted and Cwm Pedol will have to wait for another day.

An email has been sent to the local County Council FOR ACTION.