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Aberdare / Aberdâr

Rhondda Cynon Taf


Slow Ways linking Aberdare and Ferndale, Hirwaun, Merthyr Tydfil, Mountain Ash, Treorchy

Wales / Rhondda Cynon Taf / Aberdare

Aberdare’s five Slow Ways are 50% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 0/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Aberdare from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Aberdare—Merthyr Tydfil
Abemer one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 267m Descent 316m
Aberdare—Mountain Ash
Abemou one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 338m Descent 320m
Ferndale—Aberdare
Ferabe one Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 505m Descent 390m
Hirwaun—Aberdare
Hirabe one Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 299m Descent 233m
Treorchy—Aberdare
Treabe one Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 487m Descent 450m

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Collective progress

50% of Aberdare’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

5/5

drawn

5/5

reviewed

0/5

surveyed

0/5

verified

2 people have contributed to Aberdare’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Aberdare

48km out of 48km have been walked and reviewed

48km of reviews have been shared in Aberdare

Latest Updates

Paul Chilcott took this photo on Ferabe one

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The first half from Aberdare to Cwmaman was a classic South Wales valleys mountain walk, a definite 5-star route, but the second part from Cwmaman to Ferndale suffered from closed paths and an excessively long alternative. At this time of year, these mountain paths are often overgrown with bracken and brambles and climbing up the hill out of Aberdare, I though this would be the same, but although the bracken was head height in places, the path was visible all the way, but very steep and slippery. Over the mountain top the route was mostly grass (Photo 3) with well signposted and visible paths and great views all around. Instead, I followed the path straight up the Aman valley roughly following the Aman stream to get to the top of the mountain, but this took me miles out of the way....

Paul Chilcott

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One slight question mark over the path from Nant Melyn farm onto the mountain, not sure I got the right way here and had to jump a fence. Great views from the top of the mountain though, right across to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, and the walk along the mountainside before turning right and heading down into Hirwaun was very pleasant. Photo 2 - Aberdare from near Nant Melyn Farm...

Paul Chilcott

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Paul Chilcott took this photo on Hirabe one

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Aberdare

Paul Chilcott surveyed Aberdare

View facilities

On the top after getting through Blaencanaid Forest, there are some great views across the top of the Cynon Valley. From there, it was straight forward getting down through the forest tracks and down into Aberdare, although the path is steep at times and varies from stoney forestry tracks to narrow rocky tracks in places....

Paul Chilcott

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The last couple of km are common with the Mountain Ash to Merthyr walk (Mermou1), with some good views across the Cynon Valley....

Paul Chilcott

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Good example of a slow way which would benefit from sign posting as there are many offshooting paths encountered along the way likely to confuse walkers....

Steven Coombs

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Aberdare—Merthyr Tydfil

Slow Ways added Abemer one, a new walk from Aberdare to Merthyr Tydfil

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Aberdare—Mountain Ash

Slow Ways added Abemou one, a new walk from Aberdare to Mountain Ash

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Ferndale—Aberdare

Slow Ways added Ferabe one, a new walk from Ferndale to Aberdare

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Hirwaun—Aberdare

Slow Ways added Hirabe one, a new walk from Hirwaun to Aberdare

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Treorchy—Aberdare

Slow Ways added Treabe one, a new walk from Treorchy to Aberdare

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Aberdare, Sun 25 February

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Aberdare’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SO0044402613

Lat / Lon

51.71339° / -3.44240°

Easting / Northing

300,444E / 202,613N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Aberdare's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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