The Hafod Arch 

The Hafod Arch (Clydach Railroad)

In the Clydach Gorge on the right hand side of the A467 Heads of the Valleys Road as you approach the Brynmawr Roundabout is a section of an early and important Tramroad, including an impressive causeway section with a stone bridge - the Hafod Arch. This site provides an important gateway into the valleys with specific connections to the World Heritage Site and Forgotten Landscapes at Blaenafon and the Ebbw Fach Trail.   

To views of the Hafod Arch before preservation work

PLEASE NOTE - IN JANUARY 2015 PREPARATION WORK COMMENCED ON  THE BRYNMAWR TO GILWERN STAGE OF THE A465 HEADS OF THE VALLEYS ROAD DUALLING AND UNFORTUNATELY ACCESS TO THE HAFOD WAS NO LONGER POSSIBLE.

 

DETAILS OF ACCESS TO THE ARCH WILL BE UPDATED WHEN THE DUALLING WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED. 

The photographs below were taken in 2012

Waterfall 2012 05
Waterfall 2012 05
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Waterfall 2012 04
Waterfall 2012 04
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Waterfall 2012 03
Waterfall 2012 03
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Waterfall 2012 02
Waterfall 2012 02
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Waterfall 2012 01
Waterfall 2012 01
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Hafod Arch before Renovation
Hafod Arch before Renovation
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Hafod Arch 2012 10
Hafod Arch 2012 10
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Hafod Arch 2012 09
Hafod Arch 2012 09
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Hafod Arch 2012 06
Hafod Arch 2012 06
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Hafod Arch 2012 08
Hafod Arch 2012 08
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Hafod Arch 2012 05
Hafod Arch 2012 05
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Hafod Arch 2012 04
Hafod Arch 2012 04
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Hafod Arch 2012 03
Hafod Arch 2012 03
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Hafod Arch 2012 02
Hafod Arch 2012 02
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Hafod Arch 2012 01
Hafod Arch 2012 01
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Gorge Waterfall 2009 02
Gorge Waterfall 2009 02
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Gorge Waterfall 2009 01
Gorge Waterfall 2009 01
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The photographs below were taken at the bottom of the gorge in 2012 - the remains of the Clydach Ironworks and picnic area. 

River Clydach 2009 01
River Clydach 2009 01
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River Clydach 2012 03
River Clydach 2012 03
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Clydach Ironworks 2012 01
Clydach Ironworks 2012 01
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Clydach Picnic Area 2012
Clydach Picnic Area 2012
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Clydach Picnic Area 2012 02
Clydach Picnic Area 2012 02
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Preservation Work.

Work is in progress to preserve the Hafod Arch as a heritage feature and a access route.  One kilometre of access improvements will be made, linking to the Ebbw Fach Trail and Blaenavon World Heritage Site. 

The bridge work consists of the removal of vegetation, the clearing down of stonework, building stonework where defective or missing and the pointing and/ or re-pointing of stonework to Hafod Arch, Brynmawr.

 

The works will be completed by improved and enhanced access routes, installation of fencing on approaching routes and vegetation clearance.  Interpretation signage relating to the historic nature of the site, in keeping with the Forgotten Landscapes Project will also be erected.

 

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