Today, we trekked the Sirhowy Valley Walk from Manmoel to Ynysddu. Our friend, Gilles, bravely accompanied us through a day filled with sun and showers, barbed wire and bluebells.
Continuing on from CC25, we crossed the Sirhowy and found a path paralleling the river's edge. We followed this past an assortment of "disused workings" and a very nice bridge at ST 1831 9903, where we followed steps west up the hill to rejoin the SVW at the north end of Rock. As we neared Blackwood, we enjoyed a pleasant, forested section of the Walk along the east bank of the Sirhowy River. We passed under the new bridge construction, marvelling skywards at the work in progress, and finally found our way into the town.
As afternoon became evening, the sun broke through the clouds and gave us a warm and bright respite in which to evaporate and locate the virtual caches. We bemoaned the lost apostrophe at VC2 but enjoyed the small tour. All the pubs we passed in Blackwood were a-roar with the Arsenal vs. Man Utd. game. (We finished the series around 20.30, but the M4 eastbound was still packed with traffic!)
We had to retrace about 1 km back along the SVW to find the cache, which was a bit annoying; but this is a nice section of the Walk, and it gave us another two looks at the construction work. We wondered what the Romans would make of it and wished we could borrow the Tardis for an afternoon.
At the cache site, we had GPS reception issues and used the picture for help. We made no trades but would like to point out that the "dodecahedron" listed in the initial cache contents is, in fact, a pentakisdodecahedron (which is the dual of a truncated icosahedron)! (We hope flying420uk enjoys the Archimedean solid in any case. )
Thanks for the urban cache!