Pucks Valley Trail / Llwybr Cwm Pwca

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We recently walked the Puck’s Valley Trail – Llwybr Cwm Pwca in Welsh.
This trail has been off limits for some years due to the roadworks on the A465. The trail criss-crosses the A465 so some new bridges had to be put in place.

It is a lovely trail taking in woodland and industrial areas. Lots of history, flora and birdsong to see and hear too.
(It is very steep in some places so it is not suitable for those with limited mobility.)
It is approx. 3 miles/5km and took us about 2 hours (including time to explore).

The walk is circular and we started from Llanelly Quarry car park.

1: Near the start of the walk in the woodlands
2: A noticeboard showing details of the Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve
3: Approaching Devil’s Bridge
4: Leaving Devil’s Bridge to cross the A465 for the first time on this walk
5: Blackrock Limekilns
6: Folded rock formation above Blackrock Limekilns
7: A hidden graveyard covered in wild garlic.
8: Pwll Du quarries in the distance as we crossed the A465 for the second time on a new bridge.
9: The rock bed of a dry stream
10: The tramway incline back to our start point at Llanelly Quarry.

The map leaflet for this walk can be collected from Blaenavon’s World Heritage Centre or downloaded from their website visitblaenavon.co.uk. 
(NB: The start point on the leaflet is Clydach Ironworks but as we know the area we started from a point closer to home).