De evenementen van de wandelvereniging LDAW staan ook open voor hardlopers. Deze 100 mijl gaat door Zuid-Wales.
Alleen voorinschrijving tot en met 29 november 2013. Maximum 550 inschrijvingen. Zie de website voor de procedure (bij The Event, Rules).
Welcome to the website of ĎThe Valleys Hundredí. The South Wales group of the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) is proud to have been given the honour of hosting the annual hundred mile walk during the weekend of 24th Ė 26th May 2014. This website will provide prospective entrants with information about the route, together with images that will ensure that you enjoy a visual feast of our area.
The concept of the route was very simple. The South Wales group of the LDWA has a wonderful area in which to go walking. We have the beautiful Wye Valley and thousands of acres within the Brecon Beacons National Park. But, we also have the South Wales valleys, and we as a local group often avoid the better known areas in order to enjoy the beauty that the South Wales valleys offers. We know that our chosen route will surprise and enthuse many of you who would never ever have considered going walking in this little known but scenically beautiful area.
The South Wales Valleys area has been shaped by man over many centuries, but never more than the last 200 years due to the discovery of firstly iron ore and then coal. Once, the area could be rightly described as an industrial area, but perhaps not now. With the exception of a few, all the spoil tips have been removed or landscaped. Indeed, there is now pressure to protect certain spoil tips, to protect our heritage, something that would have been unthinkable 50 years ago. Our route will take you to places of exquisite beauty with far reaching views never far away. We will take you to former mining villages where you will see the rows and rows of terraced houses clinging to the hillsides that epitomise the architecture of the previous two centuries. We will take you to ridges where you will have only larks, buzzards and red kites for company. We will take you through woodland and forestry where the sound of silence dominates. But most importantly, we will introduce you to an area that we love, that we call our home and an area that we wish to share with you on your 100 mile journey around the South Wales valleys.
The route starts from West Monmouth Comprehensive School in Pontypool and follows a clockwise route that initially takes you to the summit of Mynydd Maen. A beautiful stretch of moorland walking brings the route to Twmbarlwm, considered by many to be one of the finest viewpoints in Southern Wales. A descent then to Cwmcarn and the route enters the lower Ebbw Valley. The route crosses into the Sirhowy Valley and then climbs to Mynydd y Grug.
From here the route descends to Maesycwmmer and crosses the lower Rhymney valley before climbing to Mynydd and Cefn Eglwysilan. Here you will be treated to a birdís eye view of the Taff Valley that the route soon crosses. The route descends to Pontypridd and then follows the easternmost ridge of the famous Rhondda valleys, providing what we hope will be glorious views in late afternoon light.
From Llanwonno the route descends to Ynysbwyl and Abercynon and the first night section follows the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway through Gelligaer to Deri via common land and a disused railway line. The path climbs the shoulder of Cefn Brithdir and follows the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway to its northern terminus. A walk through Bryn Bach Park brings the route to the breakfast stop in Tredegar.
Following a sustaining breakfast, the route crosses the upper Sirhowy Valley and climbs to Cefn Manmoel. The route provides a birdís eye view over the upper Ebbw Valley as it goes south to the Pen y Fan pond. Now the route enters the Ebbw valley and climbs to Mynydd Carn y Cefn. We consider this ridge to be one of the nicest in South Wales and the Brecon Beacon peaks of Corn Du and Pen y Fan dominate the views to the north.
The route descends to Nantyglo and then climbs the Coity Mountain. A wide grassy track is gently climbed as it goes south before a gentle descent to the next checkpoint at Cwmavon is enjoyed. From Cwmavon, a steady ascent of Mynydd-y-garn-fawr takes place to the visually spectacular checkpoint at Keeperís Pond that is situated on the shoulder of the Blorenge Mountain.
Now the route follows what many will consider to be a visual highlight with views across the Usk Valley towards the Black Mountains as the path skirts around the northern side of the Blorenge. A very gentle descent takes the route to Llanellen via the Punchbowl, a lake on the side of the hill. The route then follows the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to the village of Goytre. Finally, the route climbs back to a ridge to provide a farewell view of the eastern valleys and descends to the finish at Pontypool.
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