Open Spaces Society are consulted on diversions of rights of way, and this application was an opportunity to find another hidden gem of a valley above Llanharan. It was in an out-of-the-way spot, accessible by car through Mynydd Coedbychan road.
I came up here in May 2014 about Dan-y-Graig, a lane in poor repair. The hawthorn which was in bloom in May now has plenty of haws.
I wrongly thought the diversion of footpath 56 was by this farm, and was lucky to meet the farmer Jason who directed us through the farmyard and onto a track.
This led, with curious cattle and trees, to Argoed-Edwin.
At the farm, a bridleway 57 PSM turns downhill.
The footpath 56 goes round the back of the farm, to the left, but is shown on the Definitive Map going through the right-hand side of the farm. There are lovely views over the valley and out over to the sea.
The path has been recently cleared through an orchard and across a field, and stiles put in.
My impression was that the path was little known or used, and better definition will attract more people to enjoy it. The diversion looks acceptable as long as adequate width is kept. It is not suitable for people unable to negotiate the stiles.
Walking back, I noticed that the route of footpath 56 is not along the length of the track, and should dip down into the forestry. It’s a guess where it goes.
There is some work to do to sort out the routes in this area. One road seems to have been removed from the list of streets, which shows roads under the Highways department, and needs to be added to the Definitive Map of rights of way. It’s irritating and sly, a way for Highways to save a bit of money.
Never mind, the hillsides are gorgeous.
These pigs and sheep were happy, and I hope to see access for all users improved.