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Brecon Road, Pen-y-cae, Powys,SA9 1GL

Craig-y-Nos Castle is a trading style of SelClene Ltd


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Classification: MODERATE

(START) Turn left from the car park of Maes-y-Gwernen Hotel and at the bottom of School Rd turn right and cross Heol Tawe, the main village road. 100 metres past the Post Office turn left down a way-marked grassy asphalt path to a metal kissing gate.

Follow the path and cross the A 4067 to a cottage and Pont-y-Yard Bridge over the river Tawe. 

See the iron laden stream coming from the entrance of the old Level Fawr Mine as you pass the cottage and veer left up an asphalt path. When this bears left go straight on along up a wide grassy track which becomes a stony dirt road as it passes Maes-y-Deri House, one of the former homes of the local mine owning families, the Morgans.

At the metalled road turn right up a steep hill and right again after 50 metres continuing along an asphalt road which lies on the bed of the old Neath and Brecon Railway track. Keep straight on following the way-marked permissive path Westerly, then Southwesterly. After around 3Kms the road swings left but go  straight on, over a wooden style and onto a narrow path. 

Continue past Blaen Nant Teg farm on the left.  After the path widens and houses appear on the right take the centre track to a metalled road and a small roundabout. This is Neath road. Cross over and walk left for 100 metres to a way marked kissing gate. Go along the wooded path for 600 metres, ignoring the first path to cross the track and continuing past a metal picnic table on the right. 

At the bottom of a dip, where another track crosses diagonally, turn right and follow the path Northeast, descending through a kissing gate, after which there are good views of the old Ynyscedwyn Ironworks on the left. 

Cross a footbridge and ascend a wooden stairway heading straight across scrub-land to a more obvious path leading to another footbridge. Turn left after the bridge, through two metal kissing gates and past houses and the Gough Arms on the right.

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