The route from Penrhys to Llangynwyd runs along the ancient trackway between the Afan and Ogwr rivers, over bleak moorland but with outstanding views. First, walk north up the ridge from Penrhys to look down over Maerdy, the ‘Little Moscow’ of the mining valleys. Cross the Rhondda and climb a green lane up to the ridge. To the north you can see the Brecon Beacons. To the south are the mining valleys of Glamorgan, the sea and the Somerset coast.
At the end of the ridge, walk down the pretty Cwm-du valley to Pont Rhyd-y-cyff and up to Llangynwyd, where the church had a miracle-working carving of the Crucifixion. From Llangynwyd a medieval trackway, worn deeply into the hillsides, leads through Margam Park to the abbey itself.People and Places