Pendoylan and Warren Mill Farm, 27th October

Lead: Phil

We left Wick a little after 10.00am and headed off to Pendoylan, with 10 Wanderers in tow, and with Juliet a new member planning to meet us there. The weather was sunny, dry, and a bit cold, perfect Autumn weather for today’s walk.

We met at Pendoylan Church in Wales school and headed a short distance north along the main road, crossing a style and into adjacent fields. Unfortunately, this area is currently shown as part of Route B (West) of the proposed airport link road from the M4. Hopefully it will be a few years before this road is built.

Our walk then took us toward Tre-Dodridge passing Plwca Dafydd farm, and 2 particularly nasty looking gargoyles mounted on pillars leading to one of the houses, and this led to much debate. We now headed south away from Tre-Dodridge and crossed a style and into a river valley alongside Coed Leishon woods and the Nant Tre-Dodridge and with a steady climb we arrived at the first stopping point to enjoy wonderful views across the valley. To the west we could make out Llantrisant, Creigiau, Efail Isaf and the Garth mountain and further east Cardiff city centre. A few minutes later and with the sun shining it seemed best to stop for a coffee and a snack, and of course the customary photo with Carroll doing the honours.

181027 Pendoylan

The walk now continued toward Ty-Fry farm and back onto a road that took us to a wonderful house, the Grade 2 Listed building Ty-Fry Lodge that enjoys great views into the valley and was the envy of us all. We continued away from the lodge turning right and down the hill toward Warren Mill farm, where we stopped a for a short break by the fishing lake, and were greeted by a few strange looking chickens (at least I think they were chickens!) and a few goats, though we chose not to go in to the farm this time.

As we left Warren Mill our walk took us westwards and into Cwm Corrwg and soon we reached the road that would eventually take us back to our cars at Pendoylan and the end of a very enjoyable walk.