WHAT'S ON... 

For all activities please wear appropriate clothes and footwear and be prepared in case of wet weather

(not unknown hereabouts!).

"Both Ends Of The Tunnel" Guided Walk
 Sunday 29th May 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at World Heritage Centre.

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The Pwll Du tramway tunnel was once the longest of its kind in the world, bringing limestone from quarries in Tyla and Pwll Du to the Blaenafon Iron Works. This walk of about 9 km (6 miles) takes us to both ends of the tunnel.
It’s hard going in places, and so unfortunately isn’t suitable for those with limited mobility, but it’s well worth the effort.
Some parts can be very muddy (and not just in wet weather!), so appropriate footwear is essential.

Canada Tips Bioblitz
 Saturday 11th June 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at World Heritage Centre.

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The Canada Tips are the result of indiscriminate opencast coal mining. Areas of bare shale spoil are gradually being reclaimed by wildlife but little has been recorded about what is actually there. The BWHEG members are therefore leading a “bioblitz” that will record any plants and animals that we find. We will photograph things we cannot identify for passing to the appropriate experts and all our findings will be reported to SEWBReC, the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.
Join us and share in finding the unexpected!
Please note that the activity will be cancelled in the event of wet weather.
No dogs allowed on this event.
Moderate effort required.
Meet at the World Heritage Car Park before going on to Canada Tips.

Night Jar & Bat Evening
 Saturday 11th June 2022 starting at 21:00 p.m.
 Meet at World Heritage Centre.

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We will be revisiting Llanover Road for our annual lookout for bats and Nightjars. We will be using acoustic bat detectors to convert their ultrasound echolocation calls to ones we can hear and, with the aid of state-of-the-art technology, identify automatically. Bat detectors will be made available.
Meet at the World Heritage Centre car park before heading off to Llanover Road.
Please note that the activity will be cancelled in the event of wet or very windy weather.

Breeding Bird Survey 2
 Sunday 12th June 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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12th June is the sixth of the Wetland Bird Survey Core Counts for 2022.
Again the emphasis will be on spotting the birds breeding at the Garn Lakes and its surrounding area.. There could still be ducklings and other young birds on the walk.
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event
Meet at the top car park Garn Lakes

"Coety Mountain" Guided Walk
 Sunday 26th June 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at World Heritage Centre.

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A strenuous walk of about 10 km (6 miles), following old mine roads, hill tracks and former railways. 

After following the line of the restored Blaenavon Railway to the Whistle pub, we climb Coety Mountain, eventually descending via an old mine railway track skirting Mynydd Farteg Fach, and return to the World Heritage Centre once more via the Sustrans cycle track. 

Some parts can be muddy in wet weather, and the walk can be exposed, so appropriate footwear and clothing are needed.

Wetland Bird Survey 
 Sunday 17th July 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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17th July is the seventh of the Wetland Bird Survey Core Counts for 2022.
This month the emphasis will be on breeding birds to be seen the Garn Lakes and its surrounding area.
There are bound to be mallards on the lakes showing off their fine plumage. (pictured above).
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event
Meet in the main car park.

"Milfraen Pits" Guided Walk
 Sunday 31st July 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at World Heritage Centre.

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In memory of a disaster in July 1929.

(click here for details of the disaster)

A walk of about 10 km (6 miles) over paths which may be muddy. Suitable for older children, but not recommended for people with limited mobility. We leave the Heritage Centre to join and follow the SUSTRANS cycle path through Garn Lakes and then towards the Racehorse Inn. Near this point, we double back, passing the sites of the former Milfraen and Red Ash collieries and then follow the path past the Coity Tips to return to base.

 

Some parts can be quite muddy in wet weather, but on the whole it’s walkable with appropriate footwear etc.

Wetland Bird Survey 
 Sunday 14th August 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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14th August is the eighth of our Wetland Bird Survey Core Counts in 2022.
Stroll around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas and see the different birds that have been breeding there.
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event

Bat & Moth Trapping Evening
 Saturday 27th August 2022 starting at 20:30 p.m.
 Meet at World Heritage Centre car park.

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Meet in the World Heritage Centre car park before relocating to the Garn Lakes to look for bats and moths.
We will be using acoustic bat detectors to convert their ultrasound echolocation calls to ones we can hear and, with the aid of state-of-the-art technology, identify automatically. We will set up a humane moth trap with a bright light to attract the insects and record what we find as part of the national moth weekend. Bat detectors will be made available.
Easy, child friendly but no dogs allowed.
Please note that the activity will be cancelled in the event of wet or very windy weather. 

"Cwm Pwcca" Guided Walk
 Sunday 28th August 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at at the quarry car park (SO221125) between Clydach Village and Darenfelen.

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IWe’re going “foreign” for this walk.

This walk of about 7 km (6 miles) takes us to the Clydach Gorge, supposedly the haunt of fairies and reputedly (but no proof) once visited by Shakespeare.

We’ll follow the old railway line (now SUSTRANS) and drop down through the woods to Clydach Village. We’ll then visit the old Clydach Ironworks before following the new Heads of the Valleys Road towards Cheltenham Village. Mourning en route the loss of the Drum and Monkey pub (if only for its name!), we’ll recross the road to the ancient Devil’s Bridge, before ascending to rejoin the railway line to Cwm Nant Gam, before returning to our stating point.

 

There are a couple of steep ascents (and descents), and some parts can be quite muddy in wet weather, but on the whole it’s walkable with appropriate footwear etc.

Wetland Bird Survey 
 Sunday 11th September 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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This will be the ninth of the Wetland Bird Survey Core Counts for 2022.
Stroll around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas with a local birdwatcher to identify and record the different birds using the lakes.
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event

Wetland Bird Survey 
 Sunday 9th October 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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This will be the tenth Wetland Bird Survey Core Count for 2020.
Walk around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas with a local birdwatcher to look out for birds getting ready for winter. Record the different species using the lakes.
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event

Wetland Bird Survey 
 Sunday 6th November 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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This will be the penultimate Wetland Bird Survey Core Count for 2022.
Walk around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas with a local birdwatcher to look out for birds getting ready for winter. Record the different species using the lakes.
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event

Wetland Bird Survey 
 Sunday 11th December 2022 starting at 10.00 a.m.
 Meet at Garn Lakes top car park.

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This will be the last Wetland Bird Survey Core Count for 2022.
Walk around the Garn Lakes and surrounding areas with a local birdwatcher and see what birds are over wintering on the lakes. Record the different species.
Figures are recorded and sent to the British Trust for Ornithology to be added to nationwide research figures.
No dogs allowed at this event

 

BWHEG GUIDED WALKS PROGRAMME


Some walks will be best for reasonably fit adults, but many will be suitable for older children or people with limited mobility. They will range in distance from 5 to 10 km (3 - 6 miles).

Most walks will start from the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, usually at 10.00 a.m., with a few afternoon walks starting at 2.00 p.m. Where an alternative start point is given, this indicates an intermediate point on the walk with car parking nearby.

Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared in case of wet weather.


Details on the walks for Spring 2022 can be downloaded here and Summer walks 2022 here.


BWHEG ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME

 

In addition to our walks programme, we have a number of other events and activities.

WANT TO JOIN US?


New members are welcome to join any time.


You can download an application form by clicking here and sending the completed form to bwheg@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Or contact us if you would like more information about our activities.

Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group

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