Heading Northwest out of Treherbert and into Tynewydd, then Blaencwm, I started riding the singletrack bridleway leading up Cwm Selsig. It was nearly perfect terrain. For about five seconds, until I encountered this;
Many of the paths leading up the valley were rocky as all hell, and appeared to funnel small streams along them such as the one below. Occasionally the streams would pool into path-dominating puddles.
Eventually, I came off the main path and intersected with the Skyline Trail
at Afan forest park. At this stage, the trail was running along timber tracks going through Dunraven forest
. I entered Dunraven forest
and was forbidden by forestry commision signs to enter various parts of it. Dunraven forest
is about as dreary and featureless as it's possible to be.
I'm bitching because I picked the most rain sodden April to explore this area which made the paths far more challenging than they'd otherwise be, and then I got lost in a dreary forest. There is, however, interesting stuff to see;