Sunday 12th June 2016
In Search of the Lost Farms of Twmbarlwm
A Walk and Talk by Rob Southall
The next CTS event will be a led walk, in conjunction with the Friends of Cwmcarn Forest Drive, in search of the lost farms of the Twmbarlwm and Mynydd Henllys.
Meet at the Forest Drive Visitor Centre lower car park at 10.15am for a 10.30am start.
In the nineteenth century there were at least four working farms on Twmbarlwm and Mynydd Henllys. Most of these would have been typical Welsh hill farms built gable end into the hill side in stone in the early seventeenth century and possibly ‘modernised’ in the nineteen century.
All apart from Ysgubor Newydd were taken over for forestry and were abandoned as viable farms before falling into decay and finally being demolished as unsafe.
We will leave the visitor centre car park at 10.30 and walk up past the lake and into the forest following Forestry Commission tracks and roads. During the walk we will be visiting the ruins of Pant Gwyn, Darran, and Rhiw Urias.
In addition we will pass close to what may have been a blacksmiths shop, or possibly a monastic grange farm, which was abandoned in the far distant past and the name has been long forgotten.
Following this we will return to the visitor centre via the path down from car park 7/Pegwyn y Bwlch.
This walk is graded moderate, will be approximately 6 miles and should take no more than 4 hours. So please ensure you are fit enough to participate, bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and wear appropriate clothing and footwear to suit the prevailing conditions.
This event is FREE of charge but we would appreciate any donations which will go to support the work of Cymdeithas Twmbarlwm Society and Friends of Cwmcarm Forest Drive.
Rob has done similar walks to this one in the past and it has always been very popular. Below are photos of the recent walk he led in search of the farms of the Rhyswg.