Geo-Trips :: Taff Ely Ridgeway from Llanharan

Llanharan

A walk from Llanharan, Sun, 7 Jan 2018 by Gareth James

A 6.5-mile circular walk from Llanharan up onto the hills and along part of the Taff Ely Ridgeway. Highlights include the upland scenery, the c.100-year-old 'Dduw Cariad Yw' rock inscription, the remains of St. Peter's church 'on the mountain' (Llanbedr ar y Mynydd), the Taff Ely wind farm and some surviving buildings at the site of South Rhondda Colliery.

GPX track shown was created afterwards, as my phone's GPS stopped working!

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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ST0083 : Church of Ss Julius and Aaron, Llanharan by Gareth James
Church of Ss Julius and Aaron, Llanharan

ST0083 : Abutment of former mineral tramway bridge in Llanharan by Gareth James
Abutment of former mineral tramway bridge in Llanharan

ST0083 : Talafan Road in Llanharan by Gareth James
Talafan Road in Llanharan

ST0084 : Tree on Mynydd Meiros by Gareth James
Tree on Mynydd Meiros

ST0084 : View west from Mynydd Meiros by Gareth James
View west from Mynydd Meiros

ST0084 : View south along Mynydd Meiros by Gareth James
View south along Mynydd Meiros

ST0184 : Horses on Mynydd Meiros by Gareth James
Horses on Mynydd Meiros

ST0084 : Fence on Mynydd Meiros by Gareth James
Fence on Mynydd Meiros

ST0184 : Summit marker on Mynydd Meiros by Gareth James
Summit marker on Mynydd Meiros
Perhaps this was once a trig point; it's top is marked NCB though.

ST0085 : View east along the Taff Ely Ridgeway by Gareth James
View east along the Taff Ely Ridgeway

ST0084 : On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk by Gareth James
On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk

ST0085 : Rocky outcrop on the Taff Ely Ridgeway by Gareth James
Rocky outcrop on the Taff Ely Ridgeway
Note the 1920s' carving of 'Dduw Cariad Yw' on the rocks.

ST0085 : Carved rock by Gareth James
Carved rock
The inscription, Dduw Cariad Yw (God is love) was said to have been carved in the... more

ST0085 : View west over the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk by Gareth James
View west over the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk

ST0085 : On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk by Gareth James
On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk

SS9985 : Track on Mynydd Portref by Gareth James
Track on Mynydd Portref

SS9985 : Sheep and wind turbine on Mynydd Portref by Gareth James
Sheep and wind turbine on Mynydd Portref

SS9985 : Trig point on Mynydd Portref by Gareth James
Trig point on Mynydd Portref

SS9985 : Pylon, wind turbine and trig point on Mynydd Portref by Gareth James
Pylon, wind turbine and trig point on Mynydd Portref

SS9985 : On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk by Gareth James
On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk

SS9985 : Remains of St. Peter's church by Gareth James
Remains of St. Peter's church
The remains of Llanbedr ar y Mynydd, or St. Peter's on the Mountain.

SS9985 : Remains of St. Peter's church by Gareth James
Remains of St. Peter's church
The remains of Llanbedr ar y Mynydd, or St. Peter's on the Mountain.

SS9985 : Ancient and modern by Gareth James
Ancient and modern
The remains of Llanbedr ar y Mynydd, or St. Peter's on the Mountain, with the... more

SS9985 : Broken gravestones at St. Peter's church by Gareth James
Broken gravestones at St. Peter's church
The remains of Llanbedr ar y Mynydd, or St. Peter's on the Mountain.

SS9985 : Gate on the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk by Gareth James
Gate on the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk

SS9985 : On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk - view east by Gareth James
On the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk - view east

SS9985 : Windfarm and sheep farming near the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk by Gareth James
Windfarm and sheep farming near the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk

SS9885 : The Taff Ely windfarm by Gareth James
The Taff Ely windfarm

SS9885 : Turbines at the Taff Ely windfarm by Gareth James
Turbines at the Taff Ely windfarm

SS9885 : Track descending towards Llanbad by Gareth James
Track descending towards Llanbad

SS9884 : Approaching Llanbad-fawr by Gareth James
Approaching Llanbad-fawr

SS9984 : Farm buildings near Llanbad by Gareth James
Farm buildings near Llanbad
Some of the buildings were part of the former South Rhondda Colliery.

SS9984 : Cottages now used as stables near Llanbad by Gareth James
Cottages now used as stables near Llanbad
On the site of the former South Rhondda Colliery.

SS9984 : Site of South Rhondda Colliery by Gareth James
Site of South Rhondda Colliery
Former mine buildings can be found amongst the trees.

SS9984 : Site of South Rhondda Colliery by Gareth James
Site of South Rhondda Colliery
One of the remaining mine buildings at the site.

SS9984 : Farm on the site of South Rhondda Colliery by Gareth James
Farm on the site of South Rhondda Colliery

SS9984 : Former mine buildings at the site of South Rhondda colliery by Gareth James
Former mine buildings at the site of South Rhondda colliery
The buildings are now in use as a farm.

SS9984 : Path-side structure in Cwm Llanbad by Gareth James
Path-side structure in Cwm Llanbad

SS9883 : Former railway wagon in Brynna by Gareth James
Former railway wagon in Brynna

SS9883 : St. Peter's church in Brynna by Gareth James
St. Peter's church in Brynna

SS9983 : Roadside field in Brynna by Gareth James
Roadside field in Brynna

SS9983 : The former Bethlemhem chapel, Llanharan by Gareth James
The former Bethlemhem chapel, Llanharan

ST0083 : War memorial, Llanharan by Gareth James
War memorial, Llanharan

All images © Gareth James and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.

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