Llantarnam – Penrhys – Margam and back along the coast path would make a good fortnight’s holiday. Just over 200 km if you follow the coast path all the way but you can cut off some of the corners.
A little bit further: Penrhys – Margam – Neath, walk back up the canals to Tonna, across the aqueduct and up through the forest to join the line of Sarn Helen, the old Roman road. You can follow this to the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre then walk along lanes and side roads to Brecon. From here, take the Usk Valley Walk or the canal towpath (often the same thing) back to Llantarnam. 210 km with a lot of interest on the way.
For something a bit shorter: we are working on an alternative route from Llangynwyd back to Penrhys via Llangeinor and Llandyfodwg. Watch this space – or try it out and let us know.
For a one-day walk: from Llangynwyd, follow the Cistercian Way in reverse to Pont Rhyd-y-cyff. Follow the road to the right. At SS 87636 88944 take the bridleway to the left and walk over the moors and through the forest to SS 88252 92222. Turn left and follow the Cistercian Way down towards Cwmducanol and Fosse but keep on the metalled road. At SS 86104 91099 a well-marked footpath leads down to Maesteg Cemetery. Walk through centre of Maesteg and out on Neath Road (B4282). Turn left into Salisbury Road and immediately right into Vicarage Terrace. Take the footpath to the left bypassing Brynmawr Farm . At Cwmcerwyn turn left along the lane then follow a minor road to below Llangynwyd. (This dovetails walks by Gordon Hindess and Bridgend Council.) 17 km.
Even shorter: from Penrhys, up the ridge to the old Maerdy road at SS 97216 97773, down the track to Pentre, along the road to Ton Pentre, up the steps to Pleasant View and take the track up Cwm Bodringallt in reverse. 14 km.
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