Photos on stream again.3
November 12, 2008 by welshcyclist
Took this shot on my way home from Pontneathvaughan
( Pontnethfechan in Welsh )
I had a great autumnal ride this morning, I got up with Tierloch, my youngest son, who leaves for his work at 05.45, and I was out on the road, lights ablaze pedalling down the valley, away from the sunrise. I did my usual loop, through sleeping Glynneath, around a silent Cwmgwrach, down the valley, through Resolven, but then turned back at Ynysarwed. By this time it was getting light, and I started to take a few photos.
These shots are not in the same sequence as my ride, I uploaded them all first to this blog and am now writing around them, if you understand what I mean. Still very much a novice at this.
at the very top of the Neath valley.
Another shot of the same trail.
At the foot of the falls, I’ll have to look up the name.
of the Neath canal, built to carry coal from Cwmgwrach washery.
Fascinating how it’s become overgrown.
my commute, passing the above bridge on the right.
from the same spot.
Glynneath, this is where I saw the female otter
and her two cubs, earlier in the year.
notice it’s only a trickle this side, the canal preservation
society has been levelling the left side, and strengthening
the bank. Sadly it comes to a deadend a couple of hundred
defunct railway bridge, that used to carry coal
over it, to the washery, and back again, before being
carried down to Swansea docks, via Neath, either
by rail or the canal.
Looking upstream from the same bridge.
portray the beautiful autumnal colours of the
trees, on the edge of Rheola forest, approx.,
halfway between Glynneath and Resolven.
and took this picture of a stream flowing towards
the Neath river.
up the hill, turning left past the top house. When
I first started cycling, I found it hard, still do, on
occasion, when I’m tired after a long day at work.
Walby bridge, but what you see is the Neath
river, Walby must refer to the tributary that
joins the river just round the bend downstream.
Looking back upstream from Pontwalby bridge.
which means Arwed island, presumably because the village,
or should I say, small terrace of houses, sits on a little hill
at the side of the valley. Notice the towpath, which I cycle along,
and the bridge, which is mainly used by a farmer to get to
his farmhouse to the left.
used to be one of the locks, at Abergarwed.
from the lock, quite a pleasant scene, as nature
reclaims its own.
mouth of the Arwed, this is where the Arwed river or
stream joins the Neath river.
Your pictures make me quite envious of the landscapes through which you cycle. Sometimes, living where I do, I miss that kind of countryside very much indeed. It’s good to see it again through your pictures.
O.K., nick I must agree that I do live in a beautiful part of the world. Cycling here is never boring if you’re into scenery, widlife, watercourses, history, and so on. Two problems though that can’t be overcome, there’s so much to see, and so little time to see it all, we can only try. Having said that, you have all those things to appreciate where you live also. By the way I didn’t go out on my bike this morning and I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms already.
Lovely to see the photos of Pontwalby , Cwmgrach and Resolven etc. I grew up in that area and it really is picturesque. The canal at Resolven is in a much better state than when I was little (in the 1950's) but my Mam and Dad used to walk a long way along it(after church on Sundays) in the 1930's. It was a very popular walkway in those days.Keep up with the piccies.