Waun Rydd


1 SO114227 From Taly­bont Post Of­fice, walk north­wards along the road, cross­ing the canal. Shortly af­ter the bridge, take the way­marked foot­path on the left, head­ing up a cou­ple of stone steps. The path goes di­ag­o­nally across the field but is not ob­vi­ous on the ground, so a bear­ing may be needed. Af­ter cross­ing into an­other, smaller, field, emerge onto a mi­nor road via a stile. Walk a few hun­dred me­tres to the north and then cross an­other stile on the left, fol­low­ing a path through the field to meet an­other quiet lane. Fol­low the lane up­hill for around 1.5km to en­ter the woods.

2 SO095224 Bear right just af­ter en­ter­ing the wood and then head up­hill to a track junc­tion. Con­tinue straight ahead for around 2km to where the track crosses a stream and be­gins to head south. Con­tinue south­wards un­til you reach a farm track with barns to your left. Turn right here to emerge onto the open hill­side at a stile and then on to the mi­nor top Pen y Bryn via one of sev­eral vague tracks.

3 SO072227 Walk down­hill from Pen y Bryn to a small sad­dle and ob­vi­ous track. Fol­low this to the south, up the nose of Waun Rydd and round to the track junc­tion in the next sad­dle. Take the track to the south and east, with a steep down­hill slope on the right un­til you reach the Welling­ton bomber me­mo­rial cairn, with aero­plane wreck­age strewn nearby on the hill­side. A stepped track leads up onto the plateau. Cross the open moor from here, cross­ing an­other track and head­ing on to the large cairn mark­ing the be­gin­ning of the de­scent track.

4 SO070202 Take the track down along the spur to the edge of a small wood and then go through a gate to join the lane be­low. Fol­low this into Aber vil­lage and then take the way­marked path op­po­site Aber Farm.

5 SO105217 Cross the river via a foot­bridge then take the steps up­hill on the other side, to a dis­used rail­way bridge. Turn left af­ter walk­ing un­der this bridge and then go up­hill once more, im­me­di­ately af­ter go­ing through a gate. Walk along a field bound­ary to emerge on the broad cy­cle track above. Head north­wards along the Taff Trail, re-cross­ing the dis­used rail­way on an­other small bridge then cross­ing the small bridge to re­join the road in Taly­bont be­side the White Hart Inn, just along the road from the Post Of­fice.

The cen­tral Bea­cons from the side of Waun Rydd.

The Welling­ton bomber crash site.

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