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Name:Gwastad
Hill number:3535
Height:551m / 1808ft
Parent (Ma):2289  Coety Mountain [Coity Mountain] [Mynydd Coety]
RHB Section:32C: Neath to Chepstow
County/UA:Blaenau Gwent (UA)
Catchment:Usk
Class:Dodd (500-599m), Dewey
(Tu,5,Dew)
Grid ref:SO 23476 05428
Summit feature:no feature
Drop:47m
Col:504m  SO231066  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 161
(1:25k) OL13S 152
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 66 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked on the road to the south of the trig point in thick mist and followed the track most of the way north up to the high point. Found I had taken the westerly track instead of the easterly one so had 350m of crossing heather at the end. Very bleak up here today and hardly any visibility. Keppt thinking I was going to loose the dog! Glad I had the GPS with me to identify the high point coords.Father Ted08/04/2019
3/3 - from CP at 2018109 - in fine weather - headed down track then onto ridge - windy from SW - ended up quite a lengthy ridge stroll - feels airy and is very empty as you head Swychwood19/02/2019
Coety Mountain, Coety Boundary Top and Gwastard ( careful how you say that one), with Scout from Big Pit car park; hard walking underfoot at times. Dry weather.Lou12/05/2018
Lots of space for parking at top of mountain road at 241033 Followed vehicle track to 2339 0552 & then headed SE along a wide cleared area for about 140yd to the high point; this lies a couple of yards S. of the cleared area & is marked by a small pile of stones hidden in the heather. (S)gerrybowes25/09/2017
Circular route from Cwmtillery taking in Gwastad, Coety Mountain (and boundary 'top') Cefn Coach and Mynydd James. Heathery flat top - one of those where you feel that anywhere inside the final contour ring will do. Lovely sunny spring day, dry underfoot and skylarks above.milimana25/03/2017
Circular from Llanhilleth also taking in Mynydd Coety.liljonb29/08/2016
From Abertillery, up Cwm Nant-y-groes to Byrgwm trig pillar first. Heather-fest.jonglew25/06/2016
From Coity Mountain south along the west side then up through the heather to the summitMariana Trench03/06/2016
Alone Taith TorfaenRob Pen y Garn09/04/2016
REPEATSteve Q04/03/2016
Circular route from Cwmtillery. Useful car park at 21781 06091: Mynydd James, Mulfran, Cefn Coch, Coity Mountain & Gwastad. All round topped hills. Route via various quad tracks with a fair bit of yomping across heather thrown in.Cas-gwent02/02/2016
From the moorland road over to Pontypool from Abertillery. Boggy track with some awful fly tipping. Otherwise, great views.Campbell Singer05/01/2016
Wet track from top of Church Rd above Aberbeeg. Good viewpointJemma Singer05/01/2016
Coety Mountain, Gwastad, Mynydd James, Cefn Coch and Mulfran. Parked at the Whistle Inn - 12.93 miles. On my own and went pretty fast 3h 54m.clivevilla07/10/2015
From Gwrhyd up on bridle path and track south to point closest to HP. Then flog through heather (some cleared) and faint path to top.arranc19/09/2015
From summit of minor road followed track past trig point and fly tipped rubbish. Easy track to within 100m of summit, so where in the heather to the East. Last of 6 for the day to complete the 'county'PeterD16/08/2015
Continued from Coity Mountain, using the track. Summit area is just bumps and hollows. Needs a survey to find the true top. Hill Bagging NGR appears to be in a broad hollow. Descent via track to Gwrhyd. There's a lot of buildings there which look to be commercial. Followed road and path by llynback to car.MikeM28/03/2015
From top of British Road in thick mist out and back along track. Last bit was heather bashing but of the easier variety.SS17/03/2015
7/8 This was the second last part of major circuit of the 5 peaks on plateau....like all of the peaks here no trig pillar summit was a short journey to left from track around 600 metres or so.Fergalh13/12/2014
Starting from the bottom of the Cwmtillery resevoirs. We made our way up through the fields east of Cwmtillery and up onto Gwastad. We found that a lot of the rights of way shown on the map or nonexistent now. We did manage to find tracks most of the way along the ridge to take in Gwastad, Coity Mountain, Cefn Coch and Mynydd James. We had to fight across heather, tussock and blaeberry to reach the first three summits which was very tough walking. Trying to find our way back off Mynydd James was incredibly difficult. We ended up going very steeply downhill through 7ft bracken before eventually finding a path much further down. Wouldn't bother doing this again, but it was a fun day out. With Keith.islamidget09/08/2014
From Railway Centre and via Coity - good tracks, but boggy at bottom of hill nr Blaenavon/Big Pit whichever way you go.dicky04/05/2014
Parked north of Blaenavon, walked down old railway line all the way to Abersychan, walked up minor road west of Abersychan, onto the ridge, up to Byrgwm trig point and along ridge bagging Gwastad and Mynydd Varteg Fawr trig as well as Coity Mountain, then back down to pub and along to where we parked 14.5 miles.DanTrig15/03/2014
As for Coity Mountain. Followed grid reference to this summit but the actual location was putting it politely unclearisabelle29/12/2013
Start ~234028. Followed tracks over the moor. Summit unmarked. With Wombourne.steve hudson30/10/2013
Start GR 234068. Followed track to pile of dumped asbestos sheets then continued across moor to summit. With SH.wombourne30/10/2013
Parked off minor road to S. Good track all the way until last few hundred meters. Heather was waiting. Summit could be anywhere - had a good thrash around.destaylor24/08/2012
easy walk up from mountain road past byrgwm trig point following a track virtually to the summitrussf6926/02/2012
Walk from the Big Pit Museum, doing a round of Cefn Coch, Coity Mountain and Gwastad. Lots of yomping accross open moor, didn't see another soul all day.rhalstead24/01/2010
Galltywenallt18/10/2008
walked from cwmtillery in poor weather following well defined footpath then headed off to the summit of the hill through the heatherhodder01/12/2006
intractable heather: best route is from Gwrhyd to N, following wide track along ridge leading within 200m of summit. cwm tyleri: track: by gate @ 221063 RHW16/05/1998
Took in summit as on the line of a big linear 30K+ day run on a very hot day with Rob Small between our two distant cars linking 4 marilyns N to S above the Valleys. Flagging well before the end in the heat, but enjoying the unusual contrasting mix of urban/ rural landscape; even the strongly smelling brown source factory near the end!Chris Pearson05/07/1997
Robert Kemp30/06/2019
chalky195320/09/2018
amarillo-oro-como29/06/2018
ngthack08/04/2017
AlanD30/03/2017
Dusty23/04/2016
boxblade02/04/2016
SteveSmith12/01/2016
nicolajane20/10/2015
DARRENG14/06/2015
Ramblingpaul03/03/2015
mae13/03/2014
thenomad03/10/2013
Adrian04/03/2012
Nick Down107/01/2012
PeterKirkwood31/12/2011
MM01/10/2011
Sprog05/08/2011