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Guide to Rural Wales - Cardiff & Monmouthshire

Guide to Rural Wales - Cardiff & Monmouthshire

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Several very distinct regions characterise this part of South Wales. To the north run the valleys that were once an economic powerhouse based on coal mining and the iron industry. Much of the land that was once an industrial wasteland has been reclaimed by nature, with the help of sensitive human intervention, but there are still some monuments to the great industrial age remaining, chiefly at the Big Pit Mine and Blaenavon Ironworks. The regeneration has been aided by the fact that, even when industrial activity was at its most rampant, it was all concentrated on the valley floors, leaving the uplands always wild and beautiful.

Travel Publishing has made available Free of Charge digital editions of its popular series of Guide Books. These are available with working hyperlinks and for free download for personal use from http://www.findsomewhere.co.uk/PDF/PDF.htm
Several very distinct regions characterise this part of South Wales. To the north run the valleys that were once an economic powerhouse based on coal mining and the iron industry. Much of the land that was once an industrial wasteland has been reclaimed by nature, with the help of sensitive human intervention, but there are still some monuments to the great industrial age remaining, chiefly at the Big Pit Mine and Blaenavon Ironworks. The regeneration has been aided by the fact that, even when industrial activity was at its most rampant, it was all concentrated on the valley floors, leaving the uplands always wild and beautiful.

Travel Publishing has made available Free of Charge digital editions of its popular series of Guide Books. These are available with working hyperlinks and for free download for personal use from http://www.findsomewhere.co.uk/PDF/PDF.htm

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stories and anecdotes
 
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entertainment and sport
 
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historic building
 
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museum and heritage
 
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scenic attraction
 
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flora and fauna
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 G u i   d   e  t   o  R  u r  a l   W a l   e  s 
 C A R  DI   F  F  A N D M O N M O U T  H S  HI   R  E
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stories and anecdotes
 
G
famous people
 
H
art and craft
 
I
entertainment and sport
 
J
walks
A
historic building
 
B
museum and heritage
 
C
historic site
 
D
scenic attraction
 
E
flora and fauna
Looking for somewhere to stay, eat, drink or shop?
 www.findsomewhere.co.uk 
LOCATOR MAP
ADVERTISERS AND PLACES OF INTEREST
MONMOUTHSHIRE 
CARDIFF 
CAERPHILLY 
NEWPORT 
RHONDDACYNON TAFF 
MERTHYR TYDFIL
BLAENAU GWENT 
TORFAEN 
VALE OF GLAMORGAN 
BonvilstonPontrilasMuch BirchEwyasHaroldWhitchurchBedlinogPorthSenghenyddLlanvetherineBwlchSkenfrithLlangynidrLlangorsRaglanUskLlangybiSt ArvansTinternParvaCaerwentWormbridgeLlandinaboSt WeonardsLibanusLlanthonyTrelleckGrosmont
LongAshtonTreharrisBeddauLlantrisantCrumlinNew TredegarLlanharanRadyrBedwasCrosskeysRogerstoneColefordCaerleonPortishead
CowbridgeMountainAshEbbwValeTredegarBreconMonmouthBlaenavonCrickhowellBrynmawrRiscaCaldicotAvonmouthNailseaPenarth
PontypriddCaerphillyAberdareCwmbranPontypoolChepstowAbergavennyMerthyrTydfilClevedon
Newport
CARDIFFBRISTOL
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Places of Interest
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Cardiff Castle, Cardiff 
 pg 5 
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 Abergavenny Museum, Abergavenny 
 pg 17 
 
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 C A R  DI   F  F  A N D M O N M O U T  H S  HI   R  E
F
stories and anecdotes
 
G
famous people
 
H
art and craft
 
I
entertainment and sport
 
J
walks
A
historic building
 
B
museum and heritage
 
C
historic site
 
D
scenic attraction
 
E
flora and fauna
Looking for somewhere to stay, eat, drink or shop?
 www.findsomewhere.co.uk 
 
Several very distinct regions characterise thispart of South Wales. To the north run the valleys that were once an economicpowerhouse based on coal mining and the ironindustry. Much of the land that was once anindustrial wasteland has been reclaimed by nature, with the help of sensitive humanintervention, but there are still somemonuments to the great industrial ageremaining, chiefly at the Big Pit Mine andBlaenavon Ironworks. The regeneration hasbeen aided by the fact that, even whenindustrial activity was at its most rampant, it was all concentrated on the valley floors,leaving the uplands always wild and beautiful. To the south, the valleys of the Wye andUsk offer some truly glorious scenery, as wellas the equally breathtaking sight of Tintern Abbey. An inspiration equally for poets andartists, this abbey was at one time one of therichest in the country and the magnificentruins beside the River Wye are still a stirring 
Cardiff and Monmouthshire
sight. This area, too, is one that saw muchcontest between the Welsh and the English, sonot surprisingly there are numerousfortifications to be seen and explored. The Three Castles - White, Skenfrith andGrosmont - provided a valuable defence fromtheir strong yet isolated positions, while mosttowns of note also had their own fortress.Monmouthshire itself, for many years, wasfought over politically. Was it an Englishcounty or a Welsh one? Henry VIII, in 1535,divided Wales into 12 counties and placedMonmouthshire in England. The waters weremuddied even further when people beganreferring to the Principality of Wales andMonmouthshire. In 1974, when localgovernment was reorganised, the matter wassettled when Monmouthshire was legally placed in Wales. The largest city in the area is Cardiff, thecapital city of Wales and a place that issuccessfully blending the ancient with themodern. The Romansoccupied various sites inthis area, but it was heavy industry and the influenceof the Bute family thatmade Cardiff such apowerful port. The homeof Welsh rugby, thesuperb MillenniumStadium, and a recently rejuvenated waterfront,Cardiff is a city that vibrates with life, energy and enthusiasm.
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