The ride took me to Ystalyfera alongside the Afon Tywi and the Swansea Canal. I can wholly recommend this route as it is all off road with excellent surfaces on which to ride. There is plenty of interest including industrial history along the route. The autumn colours were still on show.
Not far from Llansamlet I came across Garth Farm Wood which was advertising for volunteers.
Garth Farm Wood
Along the Swansea Canal were a number of old locks and an appeal from the Swansea Canal Society.
One of the history panels tells the story of a mine disaster in the 1800's which claimed many lives including one boy of 14! Sad as this was it was a long time ago and hard to feel part of it.
As I approached Ystalyfera the mountains came into view and the route takes you between Mynydd Allt Y Grug and Darren Fach leading to Varteg Hill. Beyond are the Brecon Beacons.
I had lunch here and then turned back to Llansamlet. An excellent day of cycling.