What better way to finish off the year than with the final Merthyr Marathon!
We began with a late start today, as we stopped off first to finish MM7. Fortunately, another day of dry weather, if with grey and misty skies. We had an excellent hike and were blessed with good ground conditions and few instances of mud.
Astounding viaducts! Elizabeth couldn't stop gawking. Simon was quite taken with the old church at VC4 and with the slab keeping Robert Crawshay in his grave. We both speculated that perhaps the mysterious mound contained an ancient, Celtic geocache.
We were intrigued by the eddy pools and waterfalls between VC7 and VC8, and we made note of the rail track embedded in the wall of the bridge where the trail meets the road.
Despite Write and Mane's best efforts to set us straight with VC8, we wound up walking down the wrong bank of the river. Whoops! Not too disastrous, though, thanks to the relatively nearby footbridge. We backtracked upstream and reached the cache location just as dusk was falling. Not willing to call it a day, we scrambled around everywhere with only a dimming torch to help us. And our perseverance finally paid off!
Took the tea towel; left a bottle opener and a pair of tweezers.
We left the site as the sky was filling with an orange glow... reminiscent of the iron furnace fires of Merthyr's past?
Thanks, Write and Mane, for an excellent series of caches!!