Having visited the lower Lliw reservoir last week during a lunchtime bike ride, I thought it would make an ideal place to take the family on a warm and sunny bank holiday!
For those of you whom aren’t familiar with the area or how to get to the reservoirs, simply leave the M4 at junction 46 and follow the signs for Felindre and the brown Country Park signs.
As soon as you see the Felindre village sign turn right and follow the road until you see the sign to turn left for the Lliw Reservoirs (opposite the Welsh Water buildings/works). Follow this road and you’ll eventually get to the country park at the lower Lliw reservoir. The kids will love the latter part of the journey as the road passed several fields and a farm, complete with sheep, horses, donkeys and chickens!
There are good car parking facilities in the park, as well as toilets and numerous picnic tables. An ice cream van had even pitched up for the day today – thanks to the sunshine I’m sure. There used to be a cafe – with working clock perched on top – but I’m told that the lease for this is now up (see Welsh Water if interested!).
Also situated in the car park is a bronze sculpture called ‘Emergence’ by Naomi Bunker, a local artist. I’m unsure as to the significance or relevance of this to the area. Does anyone know?
There are several walks to choose from and cater for everyone – from a short wander around the lower reservoir, a 4 mile route suitable for pushchairs taking in the upper and lower reservoir or an open moorland route of over 10 miles (for the more adventurous and kitted out walker!).
Given that we had the kids and pushchair in tow, we opted for the 4 mile walk and enjoying both the reservoirs. The two reservoirs offer a distinct difference in environment – the lower set amongst a wooden valley, whilst the upper is in open moorland.
This meant that the walk offered us a great mix of nature and landscape – some of which are hopefully captured in the following photographs.
This gorse bush had a really strong scent which I can best describe as smelling like coconut oil – and no there weren’t any sunbathers in sight!
Here a just a couple of the many sheep we encountered whilst heading towards the upper reservoir and latter stages of the walk.
The kids loved being able to get so close to them, not to mention the various streams that were full of tadpoles and pond-skaters. We were even fortunate enough to hear a cuckoo – a sound which I certainly hadn’t heard for quite a few years.
The entire walk took us approximately 3 hours but that included several stops, taking pictures and various kiddie carrying debates 🙂
But all in all it’s been a lovely day and one which we all thoroughly enjoyed. So if you’ve not visited the reservoir(s) before, I hope you do as I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
One final tip, if you want a really in-depth walking guide for the Lliw Valley reservoirs, then I’d recommend reading the Glamorgan Walks website.