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Half the Alltfedw circuit

By Rudi Winter

National Resources Wales provide a car park by the Afon Ystwyth near Trawsgoed with two waymarked paths. One of them leads onto Alltfedw, a low ridge to the east of Llanilar and ending fairly abruptly at Trawsgoed. It is mostly covered in forest (Coed Alltfedw).

Unfortunately, there had been significant storm damage recently SN6672 : Fallen tree, Coed Alltfedw by Rudi Winter SN6672 : Detail of a fallen tree, Coed Alltfedw by Rudi Winter, which hasn't been cleared yet. However, the lower part is accessible with care, while I had to turn round near the summit because the toppled trees were piled up or leaning precariously against each other.

From the NRW car park, the path leads back to the road junction by Trawsgoed Bridge across the Ystwyth, then slightly uphill away from the river and under the railway viaduct SN6672 : Railway bridge at Trawsgoed by Rudi Winter of the abandoned Aberystwyth-Carmarthen line. After following the forestry track to its first bend, the path carries on high above the Nant Freuo SN6672 : Nant Freuo, Coed Alltfedw by Rudi Winter. Currently, a few fallen trees SN6672 : Mayhem on the path, Coed Alltfedw by Rudi Winter need to be negotiated here. After a short while, a waterfall SN6672 : Outflow from a small reservoir on the Nant Freuo by Rudi Winter is reached. It is fed by the overflow channel of a small reservoir SN6672 : Small reservoir in the Nant Freuo by Rudi Winter, which also has an outlet sluice in the middle with a decrepit pier SN6672 : Sluice pier on a small reservoir, Coed Alltfedw by Rudi Winter leading to it. Shortly after passing the reservoir, the path rejoins the forestry track.

At the next opportunity for a right turn, the route doglegs twice up onto the Alltfedw ridge, with good views into the Ystwyth valley below SN6672 : Ystwyth valley upstream of Trawsgoed by Rudi Winter. Near the top, there is a four-way bridleway junction SN6572 : Bridleway to Tynreithin, Coed Alltfedw by Rudi Winter, with some pasture surrounded by some beautiful old trees SN6572 : Small pasture surrounded by trees on Alltfedw by Rudi Winter. The route turns right back into the commercial forestry, and this is the point where I had to turn round because of the storm damage.

You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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