Walking in the South Wales Valleys is a handy guidebook to 30 day walks and 2 multi-stage routes suitable for a leisurely weekend (the 27.5 mile Coed Morgannwg Way and 27 mile Glamorgan Ridgeway). The routes are divided into 5 parts: the Valleys, the Western Ridges, the Eastern Ridges, the Coast and Vale of Glamorgan, and History and Heritage walks. A number of the walks are relatively short excursions that can be completed comfortably in half a day each; others are challenging all-day walks that require more careful planning and a good level of fitness. This guidebook is illustrated with colour photographs and OS map extracts and packed with geological, historical and practical information.
Mike Dunn was born and bred in the English Midlands but has now lived in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 25 years. He has worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, specialising in environmental and conservation issues. Mike has written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale. This is his first guidebook for Cicerone.
Overview map Introduction Geology and landscape Plants and wildlife The impact of man Industry and religion Greening the valleys The Welsh language Getting to and around South Wales What to take Maps and waymarking Using this guide 1 The Valleys Walk 1 Cwm Clydach and the Swansea Canal Walk 2 Along the Tawe Valley Walk 3 The Cwm Cregan Trail Walk 4 The Taff Trail Walk 5 Along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Walk 6 The Usk Valley Walk 2 The Western Ridges Walk 7 Mynydd Garn-Fach and the upper Lliw Valley Walk 8 The Gnoll, Melincourt Falls and the Neath Canal Walk 9 The Coed Morgannwg Way Walk 10 Between the Llynfi and Garw Walk 11 The Glamorgan Ridgeway 3 The Eastern Ridges Walk 12 Over the Bwlch Walk 13 The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk 14 Above the upper Rhymney Walk 15 The Sirhowy Valley Walk 16 Mynydd Carn-y-Cefn and the Round Towers Walk 17 St Illtyd's and the Guardian of the Valleys Walk 18 The Raven Walk Walk 19 High Folly and packhorse trails 4 Coast and Vale Walk 20 The buried town of Kenfig Walk 21 Ewenny Priory and Merthyr Mawr Warren Walk 22 Castles around Cowbridge Walk 23 The Glamorgan Heritage Coast Walk 24 The Border Vale Walk 25 Deserted villages and folk museum 5 History and Heritage Walk 26 St Illtyd's Walk in upland Gower Walk 27 Sarn Helen Walk 28 The Trevithick Trail Walk 29 The Cistercian Way to the shrine at Penrhys Walk 30 Senghenydd Dyke Walk 31 Clydach Gorge south Walk 32 The Iron Mountain Trail Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Useful contacts