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Sarn Helen Circular

DIFFICULTY:

Some Exertion

DISTANCE:

4.6 km / 2.9 mi

ALLOW:

1 hour and 45 minutes

HABITAT:

Upland / Plantation / Woodland

Following the B4242 briefly, the public footpath sign for the start of this walk is clearly visible on your left hand side. Commencing at the foot of the Roman Road, Sarn Helen, you can quite easily forget about the steady 1km ascent as you’re distracted by the attractive mix of farm and woodland and the Red Kites flying overhead. Veering left just after the cattle grid this is where the path provides you with some of its best moments; as you walk just beneath the mountain ridge take a moment or two to savour the sweeping views of the Neath Valley. On reaching the next juncture you could follow the main track right, heading back to the B4242 if pushed for time. However, it is recommended to go on and enjoy the tranquillity of Craig Ynysbwllog Woods that offers a picturesque little waterfall at the end. Following the sharp descent down to the road, turn right to follow the road back to where you started, passing the Rock and Fountain Pub on your way.

Wildlife Watching: Look out for Ravens soaring overhead with their loud ‘cronk’ call. A more musical bird is the Skylark which can be heard singing high up over grasslands. If you are lucky you may spot a Brown hare.

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