Ascent of Mynydd Drumau on 2019-03-05

Climber: David Howells

Date:Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mynydd Drumau
    Elevation:892 ft / 271 m

Ascent Trip Report

5.3.2019 - Mynydd Uchaf 357m, Mynydd Drumau 272m and Mynydd Sylen 284m.
Today was a jaunt to South West Wales near Swansea to get another three Marilyns and to finish off what is left in the SW area. This I am thankful for as many of the little hills and summits of SW were of not much interest to me. Normally they would include a trek through some unforgiving forestry, be obtusely boggy and have little by way of any scenic beauty.

Mynydd Drumau: This was near Neath Abbey but I parked just north of it at a small slip road at the start point (plenty of room). I headed SW along a myriad of roads and pathways (easy enough) until I got to the entrance of Darran Wood. Here the path is wide and there is a woodland trail. Walk up the wide trail until you come out on the hillside by some ruins. This is relatively steep all the way. Once out on the fields on the top I headed south for a short while to pick up a trig point and then headed north across the fields following a bridleway. I passed a standing stone and not long after headed slightly uphill towards the trig point. You have about 3kms of fields over the plateau but easy enough with no problems.
After this head down to the visible junction leading into Mountain Wood and here is a wide trail that zig zags all the way to Stanley Wood. Again this is easy enough but there are a few junctions so you need to pay attention. You will see that I walked past one turn off point. Once down through Stanley Wood you come out on a road for a short while but then head south or right at a house called Bryn Dewi and follow a wide bridal way again. After a couple of fields I then turned right along Longford Lane which took me back to the start.
Route Summary: Actually an okay walk mainly along woodland trails, through forests and along bridal ways. There are okay views to be had and the the standing stone is quite cool.
Route Statistics: 8km in 1hr 38mins with 250m of ascent.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:820 ft / 249 m
    Grade/Class:Easy hike
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Overcast but okay day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:820 ft / 249 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Start Trailhead:72 ft / 21 m
    Time:1 Hours 38 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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