Access to Loonies’ Leap / Gunpowder Works: documentary evidence required!

Further to our recent message about the possible closure of the private access road from Pontneddfechan Community Centre towards Loonies’ Leap and the Gunpowder Works, we are working with BBNPA to provide documented evidence of continued, historical access along this route since the mid-1990s.

The section of the route we are interested in is from the Community Centre to approximately the first footbridge (from there it becomes a permissive foot[path, clearly marked as such on the OS map).

The sort of evidence that would be useful includes:

  • Dated photographs that show groups clearly using this route (dates printed on the photograph or embedded in electronic file properties may be enough); and
  • Adverts or reports from events that show the route being used.

Please contact if you think you have anything that could be useful!

POSTPONED SWOAPG Geology workshop 12 Oct

We regret that, due to the poor weather forecast for Friday 12 October we have decided to postpone our planned geology workshop.

We will arrange refunds for those who have already booked places and will organise an alternative date in due course. 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this short- notice decision. 

SWOAPG Geology Workshop 12 Oct Final Reminder!

If any of you have attended geology workshops with Alan Bowring (of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority) you’ll already know how good they are!

South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group still has spaces on a workshop with Alan on Friday 12 October, focusing on the geology of the Upper Swansea Valley.

The workshop will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm, with the morning classroom-based (at Craig-y–Nos Country Park) and the afternon on the hill.

£25 per person.

All SWOAPG paid-up Members & Supporters are eligible to attend.

Book here (existing signed-up members will be asked to login) – and, if necessary, sign-up for SWOAPG Membership at!

SWOAPG Volunteer Day, Cwm Porth Fri 5 Sep

Dear News,

This is just a reminder that SWOAPG Members will be helping with some work that needs doing around Cwm Porth this Friday.

Please come and join us if you can!

10am-5pm (come for all or some of the day), meet in Cwm Porth car park or find the team around the area.

Most of the work is above ground, so just old clothes and waterproofs plus wellies and gloves are required. Helmets would also be useful for work under cliffs.

Bring a packed lunch!

Please let know if you can attend, so we know how many to expect.

Access between Loonies’ Leap and Pontneddfechan Community Centre

Some of you may have noticed fencing being erected along the lane leading from Pontneddfechan Community Centre towards the gunpowder works & Loonies' Leap and we are expecting the lane to be gated-off completely in the next few days.

This is not connected with the gunpowder works conservation activity, but is an action being taken by the owner of the lane due to her increasing frustration that the lane's permissive access is being misused both by vehicles and walkers. One reason she has cited is that gorge-walking groups have refused to move out of the way and been verbally abusive to drivers accessing the cottage along the lane. We were very disappointed to hear about groups behaving in this way and trust that our Members will continue to make every effort to ensure that their clients show due respect to local residents and communities.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is investigating this issue and we will liaise with them as the situation develops.

We are seeking advice from NRW and BBNPA on the most appropriate alternative routes for gorge-walking groups, but in the meantime, if access is denied along the track, please consider using only the route to/from Dinas Rock over the top of the hill, since the riverside paths on the left bank are in the sensitive 'no-go' area covered by the gorge-walking Concordat. If you do choose to use these paths, please manage your clients very carefully to prevent any environmental damage either side of the existing paths.

We will let you know as soon as we have any further information.

South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group