Rhymney Valley: Mynydd Machen and Cefn Onn

Once again, the weekend’s forecast was for unsettled weather. There seemed little point in driving miles to ‘enjoy’ what could turn out to be a very soggy walk; however, we still wanted to get out there. We are fortunate in having some wonderful scenery … Continued

Newport: Walk the Port (the unofficial shorter route)

Why on earth do we Brits look forward to summer every year … so we can enjoy one rainy weekend after another? Yet again, our Sunday hiking plans had been thwarted by unseasonably low temperatures and the forecast of more … Continued

Llandegfedd Reservoir circuit

I last walked a complete circuit of Llandegfedd Reservoir in July 1995 when I was heavily pregnant with my third daughter. We’d set off with some vague notion of following the shoreline all the way around the reservoir, which sounded great in theory … Continued

A tale of two rivers: part 2 – the Rhymney

Rivers that don’t flow into one another are generally separated by a stretch of coastline. Thus, having walked miles downriver to the mouth of the Ebbw, we now had some coastal walking to do before we reached the Rhymney. Fortunately, this was mostly along … Continued