Ystradgynlais from Abercrave, page 2 

Just before the main road turn right through the park, past the 1954 Eisteddfod Gorsedd Stone Circle and bear left, out onto the B4599, Heol Eglwys. Turn right and pass St Cynogs Church, proceeding to the "cross" (crossroads) in the village of Ystradgynlais. 

For the toilets turn right in front of Barclay's Bank, otherwise turn left and cross Commercial St, taking the first road on the right, past the library, and then first left ( Maes-y-Cwm). After 50 metres bear right and continue to the junction with Derwen Rd, where an asphalt footpath begins between some corrugated iron garages. Follow this up a steep hill,  between houses to a metalled road ( Pen-y-Bryn) in Penrhos housing estate. After proceeding North for 200 metres, pass a children's play area and veer right for 50 metres, before turning left between two rows of garages. Continue between  houses to another metalled road.

Go straight ahead 100 metres to the Northern edge of the estate and turn left down an asphalt path leading to concrete steps. Cross the bridge over the River Tawe to the A4067 Ystradgynlais by-pass. Turn right here and follow the main road for 1 Km, along what was the route of the Swansea Valley Canal.

Look for the White Lion and Lock Cottages on the right. Cross the main road 20 metres before the river bridge and take the footpath heading North along the fence, ignoring the path and style to the left.

This was the tow-path of the Swansea Valley Canal (now filled in) and it passes a  former  coaching inn, with its ornate cast iron porch. 

Go straight across the small metalled road, descending past the cottage onto a narrower section of the old tow-path.

After crossing the next metalled road (at Caerlan) the original width of the canal is evident ,and keeping this to the left, eventually emerge from a section of woodland onto the A 4067 road. Turn left and follow the road Northeast for I Km passing Long's Coaches, the former site of the Swansea Canal Northern Terminal Basin (Henneuadd Dock) and Abercrave Ironworks. Pass the concrete bus shelter, where there are  traffic humps in the road, and  50 metres ahead join the main village road ( Heol Tawe). Go up the hill and take the second road on the left (School Rd) to return to  Maes-y-Gwernen Hotel.

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