The Valleys

2013 Edition
Discover some of The Valleys' Heroes Ideas for weekends away with the family Explore The Valleys away from cars Plus: Suggested days out and itineraries • Events in 2013 • Where to stay and how to get here



Main image: View from Brynithel. Clockwise from left to right: Fish & Chip shop with a sense of humour! Lunchtime at Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill. The Miniature Railway at Cyfarthfa Park. Bedwellty House and Park. Front cover: Pontrhydyfen Aqueduct. Big Pit: National Coal Museum. The Big Cheese, Caerphilly.

Real, refreshing, and ripe with character
A warm Welsh welcome to our 2013 Valleys brochure.
The Valleys are filled with green landscapes enticing you to explore the area's heritage, nature and fantastic network of walks and paths. It’s time to forget the theme parks; come visit us at our real adventure playground of towering castles, dark, deep mines and real stories of passion and daring. A visit to The Valleys also means ditching the diet. Discover a land jam-packed with champion cheeses, glorious golden ales, unique Welsh Whiskey and iconic ice creams. But don’t worry either about becoming a slouch; we’ve got the works here from mountain biking and climbing to horse-riding and pot-holing.

Come rain or shine, The Valleys is a place where something is always happening. We love a good get-together, and events range from sporty to arty and back again. You’ll find this guide packed with ideas for places to stay, attractions to explore, activities to challenge the whole family and much more. We’re helpful like that.

New Experiences  Great ideas for new challenges.

04 2013 A year for

of The Valleys' Heroes  Explore the land that Richard Burton loved.

12 Richard Burton - one

21 Accommodation listings  Places to stay across The Valleys. 36 Attractions and activities listings  From heritage attractions to golf clubs you’ll find it all here. 42
How to find us  Take a look at the map - The Valleys are really accessible.

in The Valleys  Lots of surprise days out or weekend breaks.

05 Ideas for days out

- away from the cars  The unique cycle network.

14 Explore The Valleys

delights  Great food across The Valleys - and Welsh Cakes!

08 Valleys of delicious

16 Festivals, Fêtes and Fun  A guide to the events you’ll want to put in your diary. 18 Take your pick...  A look at the rest of Wales’ regions. 20 Making the grade  Helping you make sense of our gradings.

10 A romantic action adventure  Ben and Esyllt discover what’s on offer for a romantic weekend break.



Make 2013 the year of New Experiences

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Clockwise from left to right: Bryngarw House and Country Park. Family fun at Greenmeadow, Community Farm. BMX Track at Parc Bryn Bach.

Forget stuffy, posh or untouchable - The Valleys is a place that’s real, relaxed, friendly and fun, which makes it the perfect stomping ground for families. Family Fun
It is all to easy to fall into a rut – so make your trip to The Valleys this year the time when you try something new – here are some of our best ideas!
Improve your cooking skills with a Cookery Masterclass A High Tee!
With over 30 courses, golf in The Valleys offers many challenges – teeing off at the 14th (West Monmouthshire Club, Brynmawr) must be one of the best. At 1,518ft above sea level you get stunning views across The Valleys and into the Brecon Beacons, as well as a great round of golf!

Enjoy a flutter

A day at the races, at the newest racecourse in the UK – Ffos Las Racecourse; a great excuse to dress up and enjoy a flutter or two on the races. Set in the Gwendraeth Valley, it’s hard to believe that the track was formerly Europe’s largest open cast mine.

The Chef’s Room Fish and Cookery School in Blaenavon – winner of The Best Cookery School in Wales 2012, gives you the chance to learn how to make fresh pasta and potato gnocchi with Franco Taruschio OBE, along with other dishes from around the world.

Step into thin air from the Blorenge

Rock on!!!

This area, above Blaenavon World Heritage Site, is considered one of the best in the country. Take off for a tandem flight with a qualified instructor for a bird’s eye view of the Valleys – breathtaking!

Get away from climbing the career ladder – and climb some rocks at Rock UK Summit Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil. You’ll be absorbed by the challenge of finding the next hand hold!

Do and Dare!

Go canyoning in Waterfall Country

Walk behind a waterfall

What is canyoning? It’s like white water rafting but without the raft – sliding down rapids and even jumping off waterfalls (with experienced supervision and safety equipment)! A real adrenaline rush when you go with one of The Valleys' activity operators.

Like in a children’s story, the thunderous yet graceful waterfalls of The Valleys have paths that can take behind the curtains of water – a magical experience (just be careful of the slippery paths).

The 500 acre Dare Valley Country Park is the perfect venue to have a go at those activities that have always been on your list to try – canoeing or kayaking, archery or orienteering, horse riding or mountain biking – a whole weekend of challenges!

Whip some Wax!

Day 1 Head eastwards for a winning combination of fun and education at Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran, where children of all ages get to interact with animals in a natural, relaxed environment. A big play area and an onsite café complete the offer. And the fun doesn’t stop there, as a handy stone’s throw further up the Afon Lwyd Valley is the Pontypool Ski Centre - Wales’ longest dry ski slope at 230m, with beginner’s area, ski lifts and mogul run. Onwards and upwards brings you to Big Pit: National Coal Museum, located within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, which includes an underground tour guided by ex-miners whose knowledge and anecdotes create a brilliantly authentic experience. And don’t forget Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway which provides the ideal rest-stop for the family to kick back and enjoy a spectacular journey through the World Heritage Site on the highest standard gauge railway in Wales.

Day 2 Get active for the day, starting at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar, which boasts mountain bike trails and a BMX track for adrenaline junkies, countless nature-filled walks and a lovely lakeside picnic spot. If your picnic is rained off however, a short drive away is favoured Valleys hotspot, Sidoli’s Ice Cream Parlour a delicious product of The Valleys’ Italian connections. Next up, get your newly re-energised selves down to nearby Ebbw Vale Festival Park, which includes shops galore, a children’s adventure castle and the UK’s longest super tubing slope. And if you’ve still got energy left, there are cycling trails for all the family at Cwmcarn Forest, Abercarn further down the Ebbw Valley. Day 3 Start in the north with a trip to Merthyr Tydfil’s mighty Cyfarthfa Castle built by notorious ironmaster William Crawshay, home to a great museum and most recently a redeveloped miniature railway. Also in the Taff Valley is Parc Taf Bargoed - formally the site of three collieries, it’s now a place for bird watching, canoeing, cycling and fishing. Nearby is the Rock UK Summit Centre with its climbing and bouldering areas and world class man-made

caving system with waterfall. Head south for the Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod, at the site of the Old Lewis Merthyr Colliery, where the whole family can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the pit. And if you fancy a chance to meet the last few working animals from the coal mines, check out The Pit Pony Sanctuary at nearby Penycoedcae. Day 4 Begin your day in the western Valleys at Bryngarw House and Country Park, Brynmenyn, which has some great family attractions including nature spots and a children’s adventure area. Be sure to check out nearby Eco Dysgu, Tondu, education centre which has woodland trails and gardens, a cafe and creative workshops, or Wiggley's Fun Farm, Tondu - an all-weather attraction with themed indoor and outdoor play areas, farm animals, pets corner, woodland walks and duck ponds. But for some real high-adrenalin family fun, a short zip along the M4 brings you to Margam Park and the heady heights of Go Ape! high-wire adventure activity. Vertigo sufferers can also stay grounded and enjoy cycling, fishing, an adventure playground, geocaching and nature trails.

The ultimate “Glamping” experience

A night under the stars, snuggled in amidst fluffy sheepskins in a luxury Cwm Tawel Yurt overlooking the Llynfi Valley, following a day coracle making and foraging for dinner – a luxurious way to get back to nature!

Try your hand at a new craft – candle making at the 17th century Gelligroes Mill. Once your wax is whipped you can dip ‘n’ twist and even carve a unique candle to take home!

left to right: Cooking with Franco Taruschio OBE. Walking behind Sgwd yr Eira.



Top to bottom Afan Forest Park Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall Kidwelly Castle Aberdulais Falls

48 hours east

The eastern Valleys are a hub of proud industrial heritage, both down below in deep mining experiences and high above in the soaring sculptures. Throw in some adventure activity, excellent eats and gigantic green spaces too, and you’re good to go.

Top to bottom Brecon Mountain Railway. Parc Penallta. Guardian. Cyfarthfa Castle. Big Pit - National Coal Museum.

Day 1 There are a number of jewels in The Valleys’ crown; one is definitely the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Visit the World Heritage Centre and then explore the Ironworks, Big Pit and the Heritage Town where you will find evidence that this area was once at the heart of the iron industry. Call into the Blaenafon Cheddar Company shop or the Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre, for a true local taste. A short drive away is the striking 20m-high Guardian memorial in Six Bells, a must-see, with the display about this mine disaster nearby. In the neighbouring Rhymney Valley you’ll find Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach - a fresh take on a former mining landscape, where the 200m-long earth sculpture of Sultan the pit pony takes centre stage.

Day 2 Start off big at Caerphilly Castle’s thirty acre fortress, with its magnificent moat and leaning tower which out-leans Pisa. A short drive away in Nelson is Llancaiach Fawr Manor - a magnificent Tudor manor house where you will step back in time to take a glimpse into life during the Civil War. Fast forward 200 years to witness the impressive life of the ironmasters at Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, before hopping onto the Merthyr to Brecon Mountain Railway for a steam journey into the Brecon Beacons. An alternate end to a busy day might be a tour (and a tasting of the amber liquid) of Penderyn Distillery, near Hirwaun.

48 hours west

As you venture across the western Valleys you’ll see the landscape becomes more rural, but there’s still a variety of things to do, whether you want a mining museum, castle or fantastic farm shop.

Day 1 Start the day at Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfalls, a National Trust property where you can discover the power of water as well as the story of Tin production. Pick up a Waterfall Country walking pack and follow the routes to see some of the most spectacular falls in the country. Of course, a visit to one of Wales’ top mountain biking hotspots at Afan Forest Park is also a must. The mining history of the Park can be checked out the South Wales Miners’ Museum nearby – where the guides offer a unique insight into how this area has changed over the years.

Day 2 Heading west, take a drive, cycle or a refreshing walk across Mynydd y Gwair between Clydach and Ammanford on one of the finest roads in south Wales which spans a bleak but beautiful moor. If all that exercise has made you hungry, then well worth a visit in itself is fantastic family-run farm shop and eatery Cwmcerrig Farm Shop & Grill nearby. The edge of the western Valleys boasts stunning countryside along with some fantastic historic attractions like Kidwelly Industrial Museum and Kidwelly Castle, a fine medieval fortress, where you can scamper around the battlements and towers that featured in the very first scene of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.



Left: Three generations of the Sidoli family. Right: Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill.

Welsh Cakes
Welsh Cakes are a tradition in Wales – so we asked our Twitter followers where visitors could find the best – the answers showed that home made are definitely best!!!
SH: My Mum's house. LH: My nans house. DJ: My nan makes the best welsh cakes ever. SDN: My dad's house. Pontypridd market was a close second. ES: My mother's kitchen - my kitchen too, as she has given me the recipe!

Valleys of delicious delights
Take a trip to The Valleys and you'll discover a larder packed with culinary treasures - from irresistible cheeses, to golden ales and Welsh Whiskey along with incomparable ice creams you're never far from something scrumptious to eat.
Pubs with persOnalitY The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd Warm, welcoming and run by enthusiasts. Home to their own Otley ales and a range of other craft beers. Great food is an important part of the mix too. Wheatsheaf, Llantrisant Real local character, hearty pub food and an array of real ales including Celt and Newman ales brewed in the new microbrewery in the cellar. Nant Ddu Lodge, Merthyr Tydfil A friendly, characterful bar in a country hotel nestled in the Brecon Beacons. Traditional and modern Welsh food and a roaring log fire in the winter. CafÉ culture Carpanini’s Cardiff Arms Café, Treorchy A family business dating back to 1947. The wood panelling and classic formica tables plus the authentic coffee machine all add up to that unique Valleys' Italian atmosphere. Sidoli’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ebbw Vale A Valleys legend making their own ice cream for over 80 years using the same traditional recipes, and run by the third generation of the Sidoli family. Cresci’s Café, Gwaun Cae Gurwen At the hub of the local community since 1920, they produce homemade ice cream based on a Welsh recipe from the late 19th century and of course there is great coffee too.

CS:My Auntie Glenys' obviously. Otherwise Home and Colonial in Porthcawl cook them fresh in front of you and sell them warm.

Here is one family’s recipe – if you’d like to have a go!

Fantastic fOOd fests Neath Food Festival, Neath Only four years old but already one of the most exciting and popular food festivals in Wales with over 50 producers and a host of events and demos across a Friday and Saturday in October. The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Set in the shadow of the magnificent castle, this fun filled event boasts a plethora of entertainment in the shape of comedy, music and dance to add to the ample food and cheese market and cookery demonstrations. Takes place in July each year. The Big Welsh Bite, Pontypridd An annual summer food and agriculture showcase with a huge range of Welsh produce to try and buy, together with demonstrations by local chefs. DeliciOus delis Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill, Gorslas A wealth of wonderful Welsh produce on offer including terrific meat from their own farm which includes their top notch beef from Hereford cattle. The Delicatessen, Pontyclun A feast of delicious cakes and savouries made in their own kitchen together with an array of other deli items including Welsh cheeses and cured meats. Blaenafon Cheddar Company, Blaenavon The Pwll Mawr cheddar is actually matured deep inside the mineshaft at nearby Big Pit.

Restaurant refinement Miskin Manor, Groesfaen Modern British cooking in the majestic setting of a wood panelled dining room in a grand manor house turned hotel set in 22 acres of land. Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd Situated in the heart of the Cynon Valley with magnificent country views, the elegant oak beamed restaurant offers accomplished cooking based on fresh local ingredients. Trattoria, Talbot Green and Pontypridd Two classic Italians from the same stable offering the likes of pizza and pasta made daily in-house and using olive oil from the family’s own groves in southern Italy. La Mancha, Neath A modern Mediterranean restaurant and an experienced team of Chefs with an emphasis on the use of fresh, top quality Welsh produce and an array of award winning wines and signature cocktails. The Stables View, Merthyr Tydfil Traditional Welsh menus with a modern twist. Using meat from Cig Mynydd Cymru, which won Gold at the Wales: True Taste Awards in 2011, they can even tell you which nearby farm your meat comes from.

The “Loughman” recipe – from Risca
225gms (8oz) Self Raising Flour 55gms (2oz) Margarine 55gms (2oz) Lard 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice 1/4 tsp Cinnamon 55gms (2oz) Sugar 55gms (2oz) Currants Approx 2 tbsp Milk Little Flour for rolling out Little Margarine and Lard for cooking Sugar for serving Cast Iron Bake Stone – or heavy based Frying Pan will do. 1. Sift the Flour, Mixed Spice and Cinnamon into a bowl. 2.  Add Margarine and Lard. Rub together, until it resembles bread crumbs. 3. Add Sugar and Currants – stir. 4.  Add Egg and 1 tbsp milk – stir to form a stiff dough – add more milk if needed. 5. Put the Bake Stone on the stove to heat up. 6.  Turn dough onto a clean, lightly floured work surface. Form a ball and roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use a medium cutter to cut out circles. Continue until all dough used. 7.  With a piece of greaseproof paper, wipe a little Margarine and Lard across the Bake Stone, which needs to be hot to cook the cakes – you should be able to see the heat shimmering above the surface. 8.  Carefully place a few cakes onto the Stone. Cook for around 2 minutes – the dough will start to dimple. Use a fish slice to check the underside of the cakes. Once golden brown, turn and cook for another 2 minutes. 9.  Once cooked, remove and place on a cooling rack. When cool serve sprinkled with sugar – enjoy!

If you’d like to share your family recipe then e-mail it to and we’ll add your family recipes to or you can send us a photo on Twitter “Love the Valleys”.


Main image: The 80ft high Melincourt Waterfall. Clockwise from left to right: Ben and Esyllt. Esyllt and Ben prepare to race at Dinefwr Riding Centre. Dining at La Mancha, the Bluebell Hotel, Neath. Checking out the local produce at Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill. Ben climbs high at Dynamic Rock.

A romantic action adventure
Esyllt Dafydd, 30 and Ben Sears 26, like thousands of other people, visit The Valleys with the main purpose of seeing family, often bypassing the range of attractions and activities on offer in the area. We asked the couple to explore the western Valleys as proper tourists. Esyllt shares their experience.
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Ben and I currently split our time between Poole and Aberystwyth and try to visit Treorchy when we can to see my mum’s family who still live there. We were looking forward to exploring a different area of The Valleys and having some quality time together. We woke up to a gloriously sunny day, perfect for the first activity on our itinerary, horse riding at Dinefwr Riding Centre in Ammanford. We were greeted by Penny the owner of the stable who introduced us to our horses, Ivan and June, before her daughter Vicky gave us a joint lesson. I’ve been riding since I was five years old, but Ben has only had a couple of lessons. Vicky was really attentive and made it suitable for both of our abilities. As part of the lesson we used a mechanical horse, which I’ve never done before, it helps to correct your positioning. I couldn’t believe how realistic it was. We ended the session with a race and I’m glad to say I won two out of three; otherwise Ben would never let me live it down! Penny and Vicky were so friendly that we could have stayed and chatted for hours, but with our stomachs beginning to rumble we made our way to Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill, in Gorslas, just 15 minutes away. The Farm has been in the Watkins family for nearly 60 years and a couple of years ago they

opened the Farm Shop and Grill on site. Local produce is really important to Ben and me and we always try to buy local whether we’re home or away. The food couldn’t get more local at Cwmcerrig with its award winning meat reared in the surrounding fields. We opted for the beef carvery, a really hearty roast that tasted amazing. After lunch we had a look around the shop, we couldn’t believe how busy it was there and the variety on offer. If we lived in the area we would be here every weekend! With the boot full of treats from Cwmcerrig we took a leisurely drive across the Swansea Valley to Dynamic Rock in Clydach for a one hour taster session at the indoor climbing centre. We both dabbled in climbing and abseiling in school, but that was quite a few years ago, so we weren’t exactly confident about reaching dizzy heights. Dan, our instructor, was brilliant and after giving us demonstrations of his impressive skills, helped us get to grip with the ropes. It was challenging but so much fun and really got the adrenalin pumping. Ben is now considering pursuing it further. Feeling pleased with ourselves we made our way to the Bluebell Hotel in Neath, to check in and enjoy a well deserved glass of wine. The staff were all really friendly and gave us a warm welcome. After all the activities we were

feeling rather tired but resisted the temptation of having a siesta in our luxurious room. We dined in the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, La Mancha, although busy it had a relaxed atmosphere and the Spanish staff added to its authenticity. We started with generous portions of fried whitebait and calamari and then to continue the theme of the day we opted to try something new, ostrich, which was cooked just how we like our steaks. We just about managed to squeeze in dessert, a crème Catalan, which finished off the meal perfectly. We slept soundly and woke feeling refreshed for the last stop of our trip, Melincourt Waterfall. We do a lot of walking, with a one year old border collie we have to, but had never explored the Waterfall Country. We’d read great things about the 80ft high waterfall which was painted by Turner in 1794, and it didn’t disappoint. It really was spectacular and we couldn’t believe it was just a 15 minute walk from the road. We had such a lovely weekend we didn’t want it to end. On our journey home we made a pact to do more activities in the area in the future, whether visiting family or not.



Richard Burton – One of The Valleys' Heroes
Richard Burton CBE (10th November 1925 – 5th August 1984), a Welsh miner’s son is one of Wales’ most recognisable characters. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, he lived in Pontrhydyfen and later moved to Taibach in Port Talbot to live with his older sister, Cecilia (Cis). Richard loved poetry and developed a passion for reading English and Welsh literature. He excelled in school productions and also loved sport, including rugby and cricket. He left school at 16 – determined not to go down the mines! His talents were recognised by a former school master, Philip Burton who inspired him to pursue an acting career. Richard’s big break came in 1952, when he took the lead role in the film 'My Cousin Rachel'. He went on to star in ‘Cleopatra’, ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ and ‘Who’s afraid of Virgina Woolfe?’ Even as a Hollywood star, and often accompanied by Elizabeth Taylor, he'd return to Pontrhydyfen and Taibach to see his family and friends. You can discover more about Richard Burton and The Valleys he came from by following The Richard Burton Trails –

Some other Heroes

Main image: Pontrhydyfen Aqueduct. From left to right: Afan Valley Portrait Bench. Talbot Memorial Park. Tommy Cooper, Caerphilly. Nye Bevan Stones, Tredegar. Dr William Price, Llantrisant.

The Valleys have produced many who have made a mark on the world – from sportsmen and politicians to fashion designers and artists. Keep your eyes peeled for the memorials and statues to these characters as well as the people who lived and worked here!

Tommy Cooper Born in Caerphilly, on 19th March 1921, he was two months premature, possibly the last time in his life that he was early. A giant of a man, he honed his act as the magician whose tricks went wrong whilst serving in military concert parties during WW2. He died, on stage, in 1984. Tommy Cooper Society

Aneurin Bevan Aneurin Bevan was born on 15 November 1897 in Tredegar, to miner David Bevan and his wife Phoebe, daughter of a colliery blacksmith. Although he was a bright character, he followed his father down the pit. By 19 he had become active in politics, becoming a full-time union official in 1926 and a Member of Parliament in 1929, where he definitely made his mark! He is most remembered for the creation of the National Health Service in 1948 – providing treatment “free at the point of delivery” and a national approach to health.

He died in 1960 and is commemorated with the Nye Bevan Stones on the hillside between Tredegar and Ebbw Vale.

Dr William Price Dr William Price was a flamboyant character. Born 1800 in Rudry, he studied at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and was a surgeon by the age of 22. He declared himself a Druid, wore weird, highly coloured costumes and performed ceremonies at places such as The Rocking Stone, Pontypridd. He was a Chartist leader (although fled to France dressed as a woman before the march on Newport) and a vegetarian but is best known for paving the way for legal cremations in the UK. His life is remembered in Llantrisant. 13



Explore The Valleys – away from the cars!
Many of the tramways, railways and canal towpaths that were originally built to move heavy iron and coal to the ports along the Severn Estuary, have now been converted into safe routes for families, young and old, to walk or cycle, and even the youngest children can “scoot” along in total safety! Many of the routes hug the sides of the hills affording great views and, as you follow the paths, you’ll come across sites that tell the story of The Valleys and the people that made this area so special, often brought to life with creative art structures, benches and signs. The network of routes is being expanded all the time – here are just a few of the highlights – you can find out more at

Caerfyrddin Carmarthen

Cross Hands Cross Hands

Coelbren Coelbren

Hirwaun Hirwaun Cydweli Kidwelly

Merthyr Tudful Merthyr Tydfil

Glynebwy Ebbw Vale

Brynmawr Brynmawr Y Fenni Abergavenny

Swiss Valley
Clydach Clydach Llanelli Llanelli Aberdâr Aberdare


Fochriw Fochriw

Tredegar Newydd New Tredegar

Blaenafon Blaenavon

Burry Port Burry Port

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Abertawe Swansea Castell-nedd Neath

Abertillery Abertillery

Pont-y-pw ˆl Pontypool

Llynfi Valley
Blaengarw Blaengarw Maesteg Maesteg

Rhondda Fach
Nant-y-moel Nantymoel

Abercynon Abercynon

Darren Valley
Bargoed Bargoed

Ebbw Valley
Llanhilleth Llanhilleth Cwmbrân Cwmbran

Taff Trail

Pontypridd Pontypridd

Afan Valley
Port Talbot Port Talbot

Hengoed Hengoed


Tonyrefail Tonyrefail Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr Bridgend

Trefforest Treforest

Crosskeys Crosskeys

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Caerffili Caerphilly Casnewydd Newport

Pontyclun Pontyclun

Ffynnon Taf Taff’s Well

Llynfi Valley A new traffic free art trail between Maesteg and Afan Forest Park, this route has wonderful views. On the site of Maesteg Washery, a brand new artwork has been installed by Sustrans – based around an impressive stone structure, wetlands and areas of mixed tree planting will bring new biodiversity in to the area.

Caerdydd Cardiff

From left to right: Llynfi Valley Artwork Swiss Valley Trail Rhondda Heritage Park Guardian Taff Trail Parc Cwm Darren Afan Valley Portrait Bench

Swiss Valley As this path gently climbs from Llanelli to Cross Hands, this route passes the Llanelli Rugby Ground, the Felinfoel Brewery, Cwm Lliedi and Upper Lliedi Reservoirs. routes2ride/swiss_valley_cycle_route


Rhondda Fach From Pontypridd this route meanders through Barry Sidings Country Park, a former railway sidings that would have been full of coal wagons on the way to the docks, before continuing on to Porth and Rhondda Heritage Park, where the whole family can discover the life of the miners. routes2ride/rhondda_fach_barry_sidings_ pontypridd_to_porth

Ebbw Valley This route will join up the communities of the Ebbw Fawr and Ebbw Fach Valleys – the section between Llanhilleth and Abertillery runs alongside the River Ebbw calling at the Guardian, the impressive memorial to the miners lost in the Six Bells mining disaster.

Taff Trail Running right through the heart of the Valleys, this route links the Brecon Beacons with Cardiff, often following the route of the Glamorganshire Canal. Join any section and you’ll encounter numerous heritage sites as well as enticing pubs and cafes, and welcoming communities. routes2ride/taff_trail_brecon_to_cardiff

Darren Valley This route joins Bargoed and Fochiw, running through an area that was dominated by coal mines but which is now Parc Cwm Darren Country Park – a great place for a picnic or bbq. routes2ride/bargoed_to_parc_cwm_ darran

Afan Valley Starting at Port Talbot this track takes you up into the hills, ending at Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre passing the Afan Valley Portrait Bench where three local heroes – Richard Burton, Rob Brydon and local man Dick Wagstaff have been immortalised in steel! routes2ride/afan_argoed_forest_park_ glyncorrwg


Festival and Events thrOughOut Wales

Festivals, Fêtes and Fun

2013 Events
Here’s just a small sample of what’s happening in 2013 – for full event listings visit or pop into a Tourist Information Centre. 2 February William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle UK and Ireland’s best horses run in prelude to the following month’s Gold Cup in Cheltenham. 1 March St David's Day Events around The Valleys. 16 March - 4 MAY Exhibition Iwan Bala and Menna Elfyn Artworks and poems about family trees and lost place-names at Llantarnam Grange. 6 - 12 April Blaenavon Walking Festival Fantastic walks for all abilities across the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. 4 MAY Caerphilly Food Festival Caerphilly Cheese, food stalls and demonstrations - watch out for the mad chefs and skating tomato. foodfestival

From jazz festivals to Christmas markets, The Big Cheese to the Wales Valleys Walking Festival. We love a good celebration in The Valleys, and you’re invited! So get the family together, round up the troops and come join us. We’re a friendly bunch!
July Steelhouse Festival Enjoy a weekend of rock music from international artists, up-and-coming breakthrough acts and the best tribute bands around, surrounded by beautiful countryside and breathtaking views. 1 July - 31 August Kyffin Williams: A Life in Pictures An exhibition celebrating the life of Sir Kyffin Williams, one of Wales' most recognised painters. 13 July Pontypool Carnival The town will be alive with arts & crafts, music and food. 20 - 21 July Ponty’s Big Weekend 27 - 28 July

Right: The Big Cheese. Below: Runners at the Nos Galan Race.

For more information go to 23 May - 2 June Hay Festival, Hay on Wye 22 - 30 JUNE Pembrokeshire Fish Week 9 - 14 July Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 22 - 25 July Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells 3 - 10 August National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbighshire 9 - 11 August Brecon Jazz 15 - 18 August Green Man Festival, Crickhowell 21 - 22 September Abergavenny Food Festival 27 - 30 September Porthcawl Elvis Festival 27 OctOBER - 9 NovEMBER Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea

10 MAY Rhondda Fach Gala Concert Featuring the UK's most loved soprano, Lesley Garrett and the Pendyrus Male Choir. 19 MAY Merthyr Tydfil Global Village Festival A celebration of Merthyr Tydfil's diverse culture and heritage. merthyrtydfilglobalvillage. 24 - 29 May Margam Kite Festival     Join in the kite flying festival fun, set on the lawns of the magnificent Margam Castle within the grounds of Margam Country Park. 25 May Aberdare Festival     Free Family fun at Aberdare Park, Trecynon. Live music, stalls and much more. June Cwmbran Big Event Located at the scenic Boating Lake in Cwmbran, enjoy dance performances and live music, as well as raft races on the lake.

9 June Wiggle Dragon Ride A challenging bike ride starting at Margam but exploring the Neath, Rhondda and Garw Valleys. 29 - 30 JUNE Blaenavon World Heritage Weekend Festival, street party, Victorian funfair, music and the annual heritage costume parade in celebration of World Heritage Day. 30 June Merlin Bike Ride The Merlin Route is a stunning 107 mile ride over the Black Mountain and through the Amman Valley, before finishing at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales in Llanarthne. July Amman Valley Big Day Out

7 - 22 SEPTEMBER Wales Valleys Walking Festival Get to know The Valleys on foot. Featuring a great choice of guided walks for all interests and abilities, taking place across The Valleys. October Neath Food and Drink Festival Over 50 food producers from across south Wales will come together to celebrate all that is good about Welsh food and drink. 5 November Fireworks Skyshow 2012 A magnificent aerial pyrotechnic display held in the splendid setting of Cyfarthfa Park. December Santa’s Toymine Join Toy Miners on a magical underground adventure and discover Santa’s secret hide away. December A Victorian Christmas Traditional fairground rides, stalls, roasting chestnuts, mince pies and mulled wine and a special visit from Father Christmas.

December River of Light Parade The town centre of Caerphilly is transformed by one of Wales’ longest festive lantern parades. 7 December Blaenavon Winter Wonderland Christmas market, outdoor ice rink, real reindeer and Santa’s Grotto for festive fun. 7 - 8 December Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre Christmas shopping in the shadow of Caerphilly’s massive medieval castle. Street entertainment, cookery demonstrations, funfair rides and more. 31 December Nos Galan Road Race Held annually on New Year’s Eve, Nos Galan is a 5k race around the Cynon Valley to commemorate the legendary Welsh runner Guto Nyth Bran. Each year, a famous sports personality takes part in the race, whose identity is kept hidden until the event.

Aberdare Park National Road Races Over 50 races for bikes ranging from 50cc to classics and 600cc Supersports. 2 - 4 August The Big Welsh Bite Welsh food and craft stalls, children’s attractions and funfair rides, falconry, rural and animal displays, music and much more. 3 - 4 August Manor at War The Civil War makes a mark on the lives of everybody at The Manor. 10 AUGUST 50 things to do at Aberdulais Everything from Wild Art to pooh sticks. 16 - 18 August Pontardawe Summer Festival A celebration of local traditions, music and arts in the centre of Pontardawe.

Music festival at Pontypridd’s Carnival parade, stalls, activities Ynysangharad Park. Headline act and entertainment on Ammanford will follow in the footsteps of the recreation ground. 2012 acts including Olly Murs and Cover Drive. July 26 - 28 July Abertillery Blues Festival The Big Cheese This annual event attracts high profile performers from across A spectacular summer festival the globe as well showcasing with street entertainment, local talent. funfair, historical re-enactments, music, dance, food and drink. And, as befits the birthplace of comedian Tommy Cooper, plenty of joyful silliness.


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Wales is the UK’s activity capital. Find out more with the help of these FREE action-packed guides - and take a look at the websites.

Swansea Bay - Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath
Unwind in the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches, and explore unspoilt countryside. Visit some of the UK’s best locations for walking, cycling, watersports and golf, together with Swansea, Wales’ Waterfront City, home to Wales’ first Premier League football team. T : +44 (0)1792 468321 E :

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside
The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular resorts of Barry Island and Porthcawl are fringed by lovely Vale and Bridgend countryside and green hills. Discover the special character of an area steeped in history – and it’s close to Cardiff, Wales’ cosmopolitan capital. T : +44 (0)1446 704867 T : +44 (0)1656 786639 E : E :

Introducing Wales’ Holiday Areas

The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales is one of the Holiday Areas within Wales. Each area has its own distinct character.
The Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey offers unparalleled beauty, amazing adventures, serious solitude and a warm welcome. Easily accessible; this unique island, with its coastline, varied beaches and historical towns make it a superb base for all the family. Those that have visited need not be told. They just return… T : +44 (0)1248 713177 E :

With endless coastline and countless rivers and lakes it’s no wonder Wales is an angler’s paradise.

The North Wales Borderlands
Short journey: very different place. Less than 20 minutes from Chester, we’re just a short journey from the North West and the West Midlands. From the bustling shops and nightlife of Wrexham to the culinary delights of the Mold Food and Drink Festival to the world-famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod. One hundred percent Wales on your doorstep! T : +44 (0)1978 292015 E :

Ceredigion – Cardigan Bay & the Cambrian Mountains
Some of the UK’s best coast and countryside to explore on foot or horseback, by bike or boat. Natural beauty from dolphins and red kites to waterfalls, woods and open moors. Enjoy good food, traditional festivals and unique events as well as award winning beaches and resorts, including colourful Aberaeron harbour and Aberystwyth, the ‘cultural capital of Wales’. T : +44 (0)1970 612125 E :

Golf Wales
The secret’s out! More and more players are discovering - and thoroughly enjoying ‘Golf as it should be’ in Wales.

Cardiff, Capital of Wales
The capital of Wales has unique attractions, top-class entertainment – and quality shopping with a difference. Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, National Museum Cardiff, the Wales Millennium Centre and brand new Doctor Who Experience combined with Cardiff Bay offer indoor and outdoor entertainment for everyone. T : +44 (0)29 2087 3573 E :

Wye Valley & Vale of Usk
Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Explore formidable Castles, Roman Towns and magnificent gardens; then take in award winning vineyards, bustling market towns and locally sourced pubs. With the renowned Abergavenny and Newport Food Festivals, the Celtic Manor Resort, Michelin starred restaurants and artisan producers, discover why we’re the food capital of Wales. To find out more about the Wye Valley & Vale of Usk: T : +44 (0)1291 623772 E :

Llandudno and Colwyn Bay
Vibrant Llandudno, the Victorian seaside gem with a history that goes back to the Bronze Age. World Heritage Conwy with its rich maritime past. Waterfront adventure in Colwyn Bay. Year round breaks, filled with family fun, good food, great walking, world-class theatre and a full calendar of exciting events. All within easy reach of Snowdonia. T : +44 (0)1492 577577 E :

Snowdonia Mountains and Coast
The outdoor adventure playground of North Wales that includes the Snowdonia National Park, Llˆ yn Peninsula and Cambrian Coastline. A wide choice of quality accommodation, attractions and activities – castles, narrowgauge railways, golf, cycling, walking, award winning beaches, country parks, coastal path, World Heritage Site, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast. T : +44 (0)1341 281485 E :

Pembrokeshire – Britain’s Only Coastal National Park
Rated by National Geographic magazine experts as the second best coastline in the world. With 186 miles of magnificent and varied coastline and over 50 beaches, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Choose between lively Tenby and Saundersfoot or peaceful St Davids and Newport. Perfect for outdoor activities or just relaxing. T : 44 (0)844 888 5115 E :

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Rhyl and Prestatyn
Among the best recognised British seaside resorts. Fabulous award-winning beaches with a range of family friendly attractions, events and activities. Walk the Offa’s Dyke path in Prestatyn. An hour’s drive from Merseyside and the West Midlands. T : +44 (0)1745 344515 T : +44 (0)1745 355068 E :

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Carmarthenshire – Carmarthen Bay
Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the South to the Western Brecon Beacons in the North, discover Wales’ longest beaches, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, the home of Merlin the magician plus Laugharne, Llandeilo, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Pendine, Llandovery & the Teifi & Towy Valleys. Perfect fishing, cycling & walking. T : +44 (0)1267 231557 E :

Activity Guides
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Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons
Step into fabulous walking country right on your doorstep. Two National Trails and a National Park, charming spa and market towns and outdoor pursuits in outstanding scenery. Home to Hay Literary Festival and Brecon Jazz, events throughout the year make this a destination for all seasons. T : +44 (0)1874 622485 E :


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Making the grade

A Guide to Quality Assurance
These ratings mean that you can be sure of standards and choose the accommodation that’s just right for you. Visit Wales/AA are the only checking agents in Wales, checking out over 5,000 places. STARS are your guide to quality. The Star Quality Grading Schemes apply to all types of accommodation: serviced – hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast, farm accommodation, hostel/ hostel type accommodation, self-catering cottages and apartments and caravan holiday home and touring/camping parks. All accommodation grades are based on a set of common quality standards agreed by Visit Wales, Visit England, Visit Scotland and the AA. The star ratings reflect the facilities and overall quality of the experience. What do our star ratings mean? Accommodation operators are graded between one and five stars (with 5 stars being the highest) based on the overall quality of the experience and the facilities available. Accommodation differs in style and therefore different rating schemes apply to different types and styles of business. To help you make your choice, each star rated business will also be given a designator to describe the style of accommodation you can expect. Does a lower star rating equal less quality? Many lower star rated accommodations may still offer high quality but do not meet all of the facility and service expectations for the higher star ratings. Is it particularly important not to compare Guest Accommodation ratings against Hotel ratings as different criteria are used when assessing.

All the accommodation featured in this publication has been independently assessed so you can make your choice in confidence, knowing that each place to stay has been given a rating according to the quality and facilities on offer.
The advice is to always check with an establishment before booking to check that the accommodation offers the services and facilities that meet your needs – they will only be too pleased to help. Gold Logo Look out for these symbols: Access improved for mobility impaired people. Access improved for visually impaired people. Access improved for hearing impaired people. Please note: All gradings and awards were correct at the time of going to press. Occasionally, it may not have been possible to undertake a grading. This situation is clearly identified by ‘Awaiting Grading’ appearing within the advertisement/entry. Grading assessments are on-going and improvements made by establishments may have resulted in a revision since publication. Please check when booking. Further information on gradings and awards is available from Visit Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3UR T : 0845 010 8020 E :

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Also look out for that extra-special property that has been awarded Visit Wales’ Gold Award, given for exceptional standards of hospitality, comfort and food in serviced accommodation.

Occasionally, it has not been possible to visit the accommodation prior to publication. In these instances, the property is marked as ‘Awaiting Grading’. Verified Logo

Some accommodation operators have chosen not to be star rated, but they have been checked out to ensure that they provide an acceptable level of services and facilities appropriate to their type of business. They are identified as either ‘Verified’ or ‘Listed’.

A Warm Welsh Welcome Croeso Logo Watch out for this sign as these places have achieved a Croeso Award in recognition of their exceptional Warm Welsh Welcome. Accommodating visitors with disabilities All Visit Wales graded properties have an Access Statement. This statement tells visitors in a clear, accurate and honest way how the property can meet their particular needs. Three symbols have been introduced to help visitors with physical impairments find the Access Statements of most relevance to them. Accommodation providers have selected the one symbol which best describes the improvements that they have made to their properties.

Any problems? In the unfortunate event that you do encounter problems with your chosen accommodation, please refer to for further guidance.

Accommodation is grouped by Valley and then by type. For further information on accommodation in the area please visit and contact the establishment directly for specific requirements. Hotel Guest House B&B Self-Catering Camping/Caravan Farm



Left: Afan Lodge. Right: Springfields Guest House.

Afan ValleY
Afan Lodge
Afan Road, Duffryn Rhondda, Port Talbot, SA13 3ES 01639 852500

AfOn LwYd valleY
Bryn Teg House
9 Craig-y-Fan, Cymmer, Port Talbot, SA13 3LN 01639 851820
   Bed & Breakfast

FSC Margam Discovery Centre
Margam Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2UA 01639 895636 margamdiscoverycentre

Best Western Parkway Hotel
Ty Coch Lane, Llantarnam Park Way, Cwmbran, NP44 3UW 01633 871199
    Hotel

Plas-y-Coed Guest House
Plas-y-Coed Road, Cwmffrwdoer, Pontypool, NP4 6UE 01495 762505
    Guest House

Ty-Cooke Farm
Mamhilad, Pontypool, NP4 8QZ 01873 880382
    Farmhouse

Guest Accommodation

Green Lanterns Guest House
Hawdref Ganol Farm, Cimla, Neath, SA12 9SL 01639 631884

Tyn y Coed
No 10, Ten Acre Wood, Margam, SA13 2SU 01639 885500
    Bed & Breakfast

Guest Accommodation

Afan Valley Cottage
27 Beatrice Street, Blaengwynfi, Port Talbot, SA13 3TS 07958 928096
   Self-Catering

Premier Inn Cwmbran
Avondale Road, Pontrhydrun, Cwmbran, NP44 1DE 0871 5278284
Budget Hotel

Springfields Guest House

Ty Shon Jacob Farm
Tranch, Pontypool, NP4 6BP 01495 757536
    Farmhouse

371 Llantarnam Road, Llantarnam, Cwmbran, NP44 3BN 01633 482509
   Guest House

Guest House

The Queens
Queen Street, Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot SA13 3BL 01639 850487

Whites Level House

Premier Inn Pontypool
Lower Mill Field, Pontypool, NP4 0RH 0870 5278890
Budget Hotel

Jenny’s Cottage
17 Park Street, Blaenavon, NP4 9AB 01981 240630
    Self-Catering

1 Norton Terrace, Glyncorwg, Port Talbot, SA13 3AN 07701 099331
   Self-Catering

Afan Cottage
Jersey Terrace, Cwmafan, SA12 9AS 07977 145766
   Self-Catering

Gelligravog Farm B&B
Gelligravog Farm, Cwmbran, NP44 5AT 01633 871147
    Farmhouse

Travelodge Pontypool
Lower Mill Field, Pontypool, NP4 0XB
Budget Hotel

Rhiw Ffranc Farm Apartments
Pentwyn, Abersychan, Pontypool, NP4 7TJ 01495 775069
   Self-Catering

Guest House

The Barn B&B

50 Afan Road, Duffryn Rhondda, Port Talbot, SA13 3ET 01639 687110
    Self-Catering

Oakfield B&B
1 Oakfield Terrace, Varteg Road, Blaenavon, NP4 9DS 01495 792829
    Bed & Breakfast

Glyncorrwg Ponds
Ynyscorrwg Park, Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot, SA13 3EA 01639 851900
   Touring and Camping Park

Ty’n Cellar Farm, Water Street, Margam, SA13 2PD 01656 748644
    Bed & Breakfast

Greenway House
1 Greenway, Talywain, Pontypool NP4 7RD 01633 861119

Self-Catering 23


Amman valleY
Glynhir Mansion & Estate
Glynhir Road, Llandybie, Ammanford, SA18 2TD 01269 850438
   Guest House

CYnOn valleY
Penbryn Cottages
Cwmbach, Aberdare CF44 7EN 01685 873373
   Self-Catering

Mountain Gate
Ammanford Road, Ammanford, SA18 3QN 01269 595199 Awaiting Grading Inn

Ty Newydd Country Hotel
Penderyn Road, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9SX 01685 813433
   Country House Hotel

Premier Inn Aberdare
Riverside Retail Park, Tirfounder Field, Cwmbach, Aberdare, CF44 0AH 0871 5278002
Budget Hotel

Bryn Cottage
100 Cwmgarw Road, Upper Brynamman, Ammanford, SA18 1DA 01269 823049
    Self-Catering

The Falcon Inn
1 Incline Row, Off Foundry View, Godreaman, Aberdare, CF44 6LU 01685 873758
  Inn

Crynant Cottages
Llwyn Llanc Uchaf Farm, Crynant, Neath, SA10 8SF 07966 149136
     Self-Catering

EBBW valleY
The Newbridge Hotel
High Street, Newbridge, NP11 4FH 01495 248536

Cwtch Cottage
23 Medart Street, Crosskeys, NP11 7AG 07896 250247

Fifth Avenue House
Lower Halt Road, Rhigos, Aberdare, CF44 9UP 01685 819914
    Guest House

Beili Helyg
Cwm Cadlan, Penderyn, Aberdare, CF44 0YJ 01685 813609
    Bed & Breakfast

Lothlorien Cottage
49 Heol y Gors, Cwmgors, Ammanford, SA18 1PT 0208 3720264
    Self-Catering



Caer Arba
7 Brynawel Road, Crynant, Neath, SA10 8SR 01639 750875
    Self-Catering

Premier Inn Ebbw Vale
Victoria Business Park, Waunlwyd, Ebbw Vale, NP23 8AN 0871 5278356
Budget Hotel

Cwmcarn Forest Campsite
Nantcarn Road, Cwmcarn, Crosskeys, NP11 7FA 01495 272001

Dare Valley Country Park
Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7RG 01685 874672
   Guest Accommodation


River View Touring Park
The Dingle, Llanedi, Pontarddulais, SA4 0FH 01269 844876      Touring & Camping Park

Ystradfellte, Aberdare, CF44 9JE 01639 722343
    Bed & Breakfast

Cynon Valley Activity Centre
Halt Road, Rhigos, Aberdare, CF44 9UW 01403 264641

Nant y Ffin
Rhos Common, Crynant, Neath, SA10 8PP 01874 676446
    Self-Catering

The Kings Arms
New Church Road, Newtown, Ebbw Vale, NP23 5BD 01495 352822 / 07816 558536

Touring & Camping Park

Marquis Inn
Bute Villa, Aberdare, CF44 7EN 01685 875822
   Inn

Bryncoch Farm Camping
Llandyfan, Ammanford, SA18 2TY 01269 850005
Camping and Log Pods


Dare Valley Country Park
Pit Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7RG 01685 874672

Cwmcarn Holiday Let


32 Caradoc Street, Crosskeys, NP11 7EF 01495 271061

Touring & Camping Park


Left: Ty Newydd Country Hotel. Right: Cwmcarn Forest Campsite Pods.



Miskin Manor Country House
Pendoylan Road, Miskin, Pontyclun, CF72 8ND 01443 224204
    Country House Hotel & Self-Catering

Gwendraeth ValleY
Travelodge Bridgend Pencoed
Old Mill, Felindre Road, Pencoed, Nr. Bridgend CF35 5HU 0871 9846049
Budget Hotel

The Stables at Brook House
Rhiwsaeson Road, Cross Inn, Pontyclun, Llantrisant, CF72 8NZ 01443 228526
    Bed & Breakfast

Harbour House
The Harbour, Burry Port, SA16 0ER 01554 833414
   Bed & Breakfast

Mynydd y Garreg, Kidwelly, SA17 4RP 01623 490881

Five Roads, Llanelli, SA15 5JA 01269 860187
   Self-Catering


Premier Inn Llantrisant
Gwaun Elai, Magden Park, Llantrisant, CF72 8XF 0871 5278640
Budget Hotel

The Countryman Inn
Tri-nant Fishery, Llantrisant, CF72 8LQ 01443 231935
    Inn

Llwynau Farm Pine Lodges
Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8LP 01443 229021
  &    Self-Catering

Jac y Do & Ty Rhosyn
23 Park View Drive & 5 Avalon Court, Kidwelly, SA17 5EJ 07966 696673
     Self-Catering

Cwmbach Cottage
Maesybont, Llanelli, SA14 7SR 01269 842986
    Self-Catering

Llwydcoed Fach
Llannon, Llanelli, SA14 6DF 01792 511345
    Self-Catering

Maesachddu Cottage
Porthyrhyd, Carmarthen, SA32 8PX 01267 275563

The Coach House
The East Barn, Felinfoel, Llanelli, SA14 8LZ 01554 899838
    Self-Catering

Garw valleY
Bryngarw House
Brynmenyn, Bridgend, CF32 8UU 01656 729009
    Guest Accommodation

4 Silver Terrace Betws Eco Lodge
Heol Dewi Sant, Betws, Bridgend, CF32 8TA 01656 729569
    Group Accommodation Bryngarw House

Burry Port, SA16 0NA 01554 891260
    Self-Catering


Pantymeillion Cottages
Furnace, Llanelli, SA15 4YB 01554 771017
    Self-Catering

Llwynifan Farm Caravan Site
Llangennech, Llanelli, SA14 8AX 07737 822288
   Touring & Camping Park

Llygad yr Haul
Meinciau, Kidwelly, SA17 5LB 07718 897495
     Self-Catering

Tanylan Farm Holidays
Tanylan Farm, Kidwelly, SA17 5HJ 01267 267306
    Self- Catering & Touring & Camping Park

Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park
Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park, Port Way, Kidwelly, SA17 5HQ 0843 3092554
    Holiday Park

Gwendraeth ValleY
Stradey Park Hotel
Furnace, Llanelli, SA15 4HA 01554 758171
    Hotel

6 Silver Terrace Tyn-y-Cwm Guest House
Nazareth Road, Pontyates, Llanelli, SA15 5TB 01269 861145
    Guest House

The Lodge
Penyfai Lane, Llanelli, SA15 4EH 01554 773790
    Bed & Breakfast

Burry Port, SA16 0NA 01554 891221
    Self-Catering

Sea View Chalet
Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park, Kidwelly, SA17 5HQ 01446 710460
Awaiting grading and Self-Catering

Mynyddcerrig, Llanelli, SA15 5BB 01269 870539
   &     Self-Catering

Fferm Glanyrynys Farm
Porthyrhyd, Carmarthen, SA32 8PX 01267 275226

Diplomat Hotel
Felinfoel, Llanelli, SA15 3PJ 01554 756156
   AA stars Hotel

Heol Dwr
Llangyndeyrn, Kidwelly, SA17 5EN 01269 870879
    Bed & Breakfast

Ffynnon Rhosfa Farm
Llwynteg, Llannon, Llanelli, SA14 8JN 01269 845874
   Bed & Breakfast     Self-Catering


2,3,4 Parc y Llong
Parc y Llong, Kidwelly, SA17 4RN 08454 174082
   &     Self-Catering

Penlan Isaf Farm

Capel Sion
Heol Llansaint, Kidwelly, SA17 5JD 01267 267955
    Self-Catering

Llanelli Cross Hands Travelodge
Cross Hands, Llanelli, SA14 6RD 0871 9846230
Budget Hotel

Kidwelly Bed & Breakfast
62 Causeway Street, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, SA17 4SU 01554 890716
    Bed & Breakfast

The Old Dairy
Ystrad Fach, Llandyfaelog, Kidwelly, SA17 5NY 01269 861170
     Bed & Breakfast

Penlan Isaf Farm, Kidwelly, SA17 5JR 01554 890266
    Farmhouse & Self-Catering



Romany Caravan

Vale Of Neath
Castle Hotel
The Parade, Neath, SA11 1RB 01639 641119


The Bluebell Hotel
The Parade, Neath, SA11 1RA 01639 644000
    Hotel Clockwise from above: The Bluebell Hotel. Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel. Miners Cottage. Castle Hotel.

LlYnfi valleY
Col-Mar Guest House
2 Bethania Street, Maesteg, Bridgend, CF34 9DJ 01656 735140
  Guest House

Cwmbach Cottages Guest House Ty Tanglwyst Farm Cottages
Ty Tanglwyst Farm, Pyle, Bridgend, CF33 4SA 01656 745635
   &     Self-Catering

Cwmbach Road, Cadoxton, Neath, SA10 8AH 01639 639825
    Guest House

OgmOre valleY
Coed y Mwstwr Hotel
Coychurch, Bridgend, CF35 6AF 01656 860621

RhOndda valleY
Hazelwood Guest House
Tondu Road, Bridgend, CF31 4LJ 01656 647780
    Guest House

Cwmbach Lodge
Cwmbach Road, Cadoxton, Neath, SA10 8AH 01639 639825
    Self-Catering

Heritage Park Hotel
Coed Cae Road, Trehafod, Pontypridd, CF37 2NP 01443 687057

Hafod Grange
The Grange, Goytre, Port Talbot, SA13 2YR 01639 888705
    Guest House

Romany Caravan
Ffordd y Gyfraith, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0BS 01656 743983
Approved Alternative Accommodation

Country House Hotel

Meadow View
18 Glan Gwrelych, Glynneath, SA11 5LN 01639 720767
    Self-Catering

Days Inn Bridgend Cardiff
Sarn Park Services, M4 Junction 36, Bridgend, CF32 9RW
Budget Hotel

Heronston Barn Cottage


Yr Hen Beudy Bach

Swn Y Nant
Cwm Risca Lane, off New Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH 01656 723783
    Self-Catering

Garth Fach, Llangynwyd, Maesteg, CF34 0EH 01656 733688/ 07810 364658
   Self-Catering

Premier Inn Bridgend Central
The Derwen, Bridgend, CF32 9ST 0871 5278146
Budget Hotel

Heronston Lane, Ewenny, Bridgend, CF31 3AX 01656 655997
    Self-Catering

Yr Hen Stabl
Abergwrelych House, Pontwalby, Glynneath, SA11 5LN 01639 720035
    Self-Catering

Miners Cottage
Margam Row, Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, CF33 6DP 07971 950772
    Self-Catering

Ty Gwyneth
Ffordd y Gyfraith, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0BS 01656 743983
    Self-Catering

Ty Maen Cottage
Llangynwyd, Maesteg, CF34 0EH 01656 730171
    Self-Catering

Heritage Park Hotel

Court Colman Manor
Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend, CF31 4NG 01656 720212

Clyngwyn Bunkhouse
Ystradfellte Road, Pontneddfechan, SA11 5US 01639 722930
    Bunkhouse

Glynogwr Lodge

Country House Hotel

Ty Pen-twyn, Glynogwr, Blackmill, Bridgend, CF35 6EL 01656 841008
    Self-Catering



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Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa
Maesycwmmer, Near Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7SN 01495 225590
    Hotel

The Wingfield Hotel
Wingfield Terrace, Llanbradach, CF83 3NT 02920 889199
   Inn

Gwern-Ty-Isaf Cottage
Mill Road, Deri, Bargoed, CF81 9HF 01443 820123
    Self-Catering

Premier Inn Caerphilly North
Corbetts Lane, Caerphilly, CF83 3HX 0871 5278182
Budget Hotel

Bryn Heulog
11 Bedwellty Road, Aberbargoed, CF81 9AE 01443 833084
    Bed & Breakfast

Valley Break
72 Hanbury Street, Glan y Nant, Bargoed, NP12 3XP 07725 540049
    Self-Catering

Premier Inn Crossways
Crossways Business Park, Pontypandy, Caerphilly, CF83 3NL 0871 5278184
Budget Hotel


The Courtyard
Bryncenydd House, Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly, CF83 3FB 02920 866666

Travelodge Caerphilly
1 Beddau Way, Caerphilly, CF83 2AX 0871 9846364
Budget Hotel

Tir-y-Berth Farm, Penpedairheol, Hengoed, CF82 8BS 01443 862287
    Bed & Breakfast


Hillside, Mountain Road, Caerphilly, CF83 1HN 02920 852672
   Bed & Breakfast

Llwyn Iago Farm Guest House
Fochriw, Nr Bargoed, CF81 9JR 01685 844085
    Guest Accommodation

Ty Castell Guest House
48 St Martins Road, Caerphilly, CF83 1EJ 02920 884112
    Guest House

The Coach House Guest House
2 Twyn Sych, Rudry, Caerphilly, CF83 3EF 02920 884772
   Bed & Breakfast

Wern Ganol Guest House
Caerphilly Road, Nelson, Caerphilly, CF46 6PS 01443 450413
    Guest House

Journey’s End B&B
27 Newport Road, Trethomas, Caerphilly, CF83 8DA 02920 867353
  Bed & Breakfast

Cottage Guest House
Mountain View, Pwllypant, Caerphilly, CF83 3SA 02920 869160
   Guest House

The Forge
Lower Machen, Caerphilly, NP10 8GU 01633 440226
  Bed & Breakfast Top: Bryn Meadows Golf & Country Hotel. Middle left: Bryn Meadows. Middle right: Gwern-Ty-Isaf Cottage. Bottom: Highfields.



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The Rock Inn
Tredegar Road, Blackwood, NP12 1DD 01495 223441
    Inn

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Safe Haven Lodges
Ty Hafod Tudor, Wattsville, Caerphilly, NP11 7QQ 01495 271225
   &     Self-Catering Clockwise from Left: Safe Haven Lodges. Cwmshon Cottages. Cilhendre Fawr Cottages. The Rock.

Roseland B&B
Dukestown Road, Dukestown, Tredegar, NP22 4RE 01495 722040
    Bed & Breakfast

Upper Grippath Farm Holiday Cottages
Risca, Caerphilly, NP11 6JB 01633 615000
    Self-Catering

Cwmcarn Holiday Apartments
123a Newport Road, Cwmcarn, Near Crosskeys, NP11 7LZ 07846 323209
    Self-Catering

Parc Bryn Bach Caravan Site
Countryside Centre, Merthyr Road, Tredegar, NP22 3AY 01495 711816
   Touring & Camping Park

Glendene Garden Annex
Glendene 9 Gelli Avenue, Risca, NP11 6QF 01633 612138
    Self-Catering

Pen y Fan Caravan Park
Manmoel Road, Near Oakdale, Blackwood, NP12 OHY 01495 226636
   Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

Cwmshon Cottages
8 & 9 Old Road, Pontardawe, Port Talbot, SA8 4PN 01792 865237
     Self-Catering

1 & 2 Tan Yr Eglwys
Cilybebyll, Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot, SA8 3JR 01792 863367

Sleeping Giant Cottage
53 Heol Rhiolau, Abercrave, SA9 1TQ 07754 396907
    Self-Catering

Pentre Tai Farm B&B
Rhiwderin, Near Newport, NP10 8RQ 01633 893284
    Farmhouse

Roseland B&B


Gellifelgaws Farm
Tyllwyd Road, Bryncoch, Neath, SA10 7DX 01490 440970
    &      Self-Catering

Cilhendre Fawr Cottages
Wernddu Road, Alltwen, Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot, SA8 3HY 01792 862210
    Self-Catering

Valley View
Craigcefnparc, Swansea, SA6 5TE 07793 073811
   &     Self-Catering

Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
Cilybebyll, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 3JQ 01792 864611
    &      Self-Catering

7 Quarr Road
Pontardawe, Port Talbot, SA8 4JD 0208 5187032
   Self-Catering

Rose Cottage

40 Pen y Bryn, Cwmllynfell, Neath Port Talbot, SA9 2FL 01600 715789


White Springs

Garnswllt Road, Pontarddulais, Swansea, SA4 8QG 01792 885699
   Self-Catering



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From Left: Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel © Merthyr Tydfil Camera Club. Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre. Right: Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel © Merthyr Tydfil Camera Club. Bottom Right: Butchers Arms © Merthyr Tydfil Camera Club.

Castle Hotel
Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8BG 01685 386868
   Hotel

Premier Inn Merthyr Tydfil
Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4BD 0871 5878768
Budget Hotel

Mount Pleasant Inn
Mount Pleasant, Merthyr Vale, CF48 4TD 01443 693555
    Inn

Fairmead Guest House
24 Gelligaer Road, Trelewis, Treharris, CF46 6DN 01443 411174
Awaiting Grading Guest Accommodation

Winch Fawr Lodge
1 Winch Fawr, Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1RD 01685 385071

Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre
Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR 01685 721751
  Group Accommodation

Llechwen Hall Hotel

Travelodge Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1UT 0871 9846371
Budget Hotel

The Mount Guest House
41 Lan Park Road, Craigwen, Pontypridd, CF37 2DL 01443 401238
    Guest House


Cilfynydd, Pontypridd, CF37 4HP 01443 742050
   Country House Hotel

Ty Gronfa
Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UP 01685 371399
    Bed & Breakfast

The Butchers Arms
Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UE 01685 723544

Rock UK Summit Centre
The Old Drift Mine, Trelewis, Treharris CF46 6RD 0844 8000 222 summit-centre
  Activity Accommodation

Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel
Cwmtaf, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2HY 01685 379111
   Country House Hotel

Central Guest House
Stow Hill, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1RZ 01443 409192
    Guest House


Ceffyl Cottage
Cefn Farmyard, Cefn Lane, Pontypridd, CF37 3AL 01443 400163
    Self-Catering

University of Glamorgan
Glamorgan Conference Centre, University of Glamorgan, Treforest, CF37 1DL 01443 482002
 &

Grawen Farm
Cwmtaf, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2HS 01685 723740

The Imperial Hotel
High Street, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UH 01685 722555
  Metro Hotel

Llwyn Onn Guest House

Llwyn Onn, Cwmtaf, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2HT 01685 384384
    Guest House


Camping/Caravan Park

Granary Cottages
Ystradgynwyn, Torpantau, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT 01685 383358
    Self-Catering



Attractions listings
Absolute Adventures Ltd Afan Forest Safari Amman Valley Riverside Cycle Path All Terrain Services Battlefields Live Blaenafon Mountain Tours Bowlplex BMX at Parc Bryn Bach Bryn Oer Tramroad Caerau BMX Track Call of the Wild Ltd County Cycles Cwmcarn Mountain Bike Trails Cwmdown Mountain Bike Uplift Service Dare Valley Country Park Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre Dulais Valley Quads & Archery Centre Dynamic Rock Indoor Climbing Centre Eco Explore Ebbw Fach Trail Ecology Cymru EcoDysgu EcoLearn G-Force Karting Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre & Ponds Go Ape! High Wire Forest Adventure Gwent Adventures Liquidfriction Adventure Milestone Activities Outdoor Ed Venture Paraventure Airsports Parc Bryn Bach Activity Centre Pontymoile Day Boat Hire Pontypool Ski Centre Ps Cycles Quad Challenge Rock UK Sbri Cymru Ltd South Wales 2000 Shooting Ground Supertubing at Festival Park Surfschool Wales Swiss Valley Cycle Route Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre Team Force Paintball Top Gun Paintball Twin Dragons Archery Range Twrch Trwyth Walking Trail Vale of Neath Gliding Club V9 Activity Centre Wales Activity Breaks Wet and Wild Adventures Upper Swansea Valleys Port Talbot Amman Valley Pontardawe Rudry, Caerphilly Blaenavon Nantgarw Tredegar Tredegar Bridgend Neath Cross Hands Cwmcarn Cwmcarn Aberdare Merthyr Tydfil Neath Clydach Machen Blaenau Gwent Caerphilly Tondu, Bridgend Pontypool Port Talbot Port Talbot Pontypool Port Talbot Pontyclun Pen y Cae Blaenavon Tredegar Pontypool Pontypool Abercarn Ammanford Merthyr Tydfil Swansea Blackwood Ebbw Vale Port Talbot Llanelli Pontypridd Llangyfelach Neath Pontypool Amman Valley Glynneath Treforest Pontypridd Pentre 01639 730518 07758 466114 01267 231557 01792 862669 07970320811 01495 793123 01443 844944 01495 711816 01495 355937 01639 700388 01269 845656 01495 272001 07887 693108 01685 874672 01685 721751 01639 701768 01792 845655 07749 548457 01495 355937 07530 627034 01656 728137 01495 785777 01639 851900 08456 439215 01291 673002 01639 890962 01443 224117 01639 849378 01495 790961 01495 711816 07981 846184 01495 756955 01495 246555 01269 592734 08448 000222 01792 824119 01495 201182 01495 304035 07815 450815 01267 231557 02920 831658 01792 772311 01639 700487 01495 763917 01267 231557 01685 811023 01443 843116 02920 831658 Greenmeadow Riding Centre Rockwood Riding Centre Sunny Bank Equestrian Centre Talygarn Equestrian Centre Tickens Trekking Centre Tir Twyn Farm Yard Ty Draw Riding Stables Waun Fawr Farm Riding School Aberdare Nantgarw Rudry Pontyclun Cwmbran Ystrad Mynach Blaencwm Pontardawe 01685 874961 02920 866281 07767 374079 01443 225107 07722 547084 01443 812612 01443 778028 01792 830273

Ammanford Miners Theatre Art Gallery - Rhondda Heritage Park Beaufort Theatre and Ballroom Black Mountain Gallery Blackwood Miners Institute Bro Aman Museum Brynaman Public Hall Cinema Canolfan Soar Congress Theatre Corner House Gallery Crosshands Cinema Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery Ebbw Vale Institute Lemon Blues Gallery Llanhilleth Miners Institute Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre Llantrisant Gallery Market Hall Cinema Muni Arts Centre Myfanwy Theatre Oriel Ty Cornel Gallery Parc and Dare Theatres Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery Pontardawe Arts Centre Tredegar Little Theatre The Coliseum Theatre The Grogg Shop & Museum The Met Y Galeri Ammanford 08452 263510 Trehafod 01443 682036 Ebbw Vale 01495 355800 Cwmllynfell 01639 830920 Blackwood 01495 227206 Ammanford 01267 228696 Brynaman Merthyr Tydfil 01685 722176 Cwmbran 01633 868239 Ammanford 01269 594959 Cross Hands 01269 844441 Aberdare 01685 886729 Ebbw Vale 01495 708022 Pentre 01443 422266 Llanhilleth 01495 354674 Cwmbran 01633 483321 Llantrisant 01443 238884 Brynmawr 01495 310576 Pontypridd 01443 485934 Merthyr Tydfil 01685 726161 Ammanford 01269 594959 Treorchy 08000 147111 Llanelli 01554 772029 Pontardawe 01495 711527 Tredegar 01495 711527 Aberdare 08000 147111 Pontypridd 01443 405001 Abertillery 01495 322510 Caerphilly 02920 861433

Aberdare Golf Club Bargoed Golf Club Blackwood Golf Club Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa Caerphilly Golf Club Corus Golf Club Earlswood Golf Club Garnant Golf Club Glyn Abbey Golf Club Glynhir Golf Club Greenmeadow Golf & Country Club Lakeside Golf Club Llantrisant & Pontyclun Golf Club Llanyrafon Golf Course Maesteg Golf Club Merthyr Tydfil (Cilsanws) Golf Club Aberdare Bargoed Blackwood Blackwood Caerphilly Port Talbot Neath Ammanford Trimsaran Ammanford Cwmbran Port Talbot Llantrisant Cwmbran Maesteg Merthyr Tydfil 01685 871188 01443 830143 01495 223152 01495 225590 02920 863441 01639 871111 01792 812198 01269 823365 01554 810278 01269 851365 01633 869321 01639 899959 01443 224601 01633 874636 01656 734106 01685 373131 37

Amman Valley Trotting Club Cimla Trekking & Equestrian Centre Dinefwr Riding Centre E K M Equestrian

Amman Valley Cimla Neath Ammanford Bridgend

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Aber Valley Heritage Museum Aberbeeg Packhorse Bridge Aberdulais Tinworks & Waterfall Abertillery & District Museum Senghenydd Aberbeeg Neath Abertillery 02920 830444/5 01495 355937 01639 636674 01495 211140

Aneurin Bevan Trail Bedwellty House & Park Big Pit: National Coal Museum Blaenafon Community Heritage & Cordell Museum Blaenavon Ironworks Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall Blaina Heritage Action Group Museum Brecon Mountain Railway Brynmawr Museum Butetown Heritage Trail Caerphilly Castle Carreg Cennan Castle Cefn Coed Viaduct Cefn Coed Colliery Museum Cefn Cribwr Ironworks Cefn Golau Cholera Cemetery Chartists’ Cave Chartist Exhibition and Information Centre Clydach Ironworks Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Park Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trust Folly Tower Garw Valley Railway Company Ltd Gelligaer Roman Fort Groeswen Chapel Guardian Gwent Archives Joseph Parry’s Ironworker’s Cottage Kidwelly Castle Kidwelly Industrial Museum Llancaiach Fawr Manor Llanyrafon Manor Llanyrafon Mill Miners Family Statue Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Nantgarw China Works Museum Nye Bevan Memorial Stones Pontypool Museum Pontypridd Museum Rhondda Heritage Park Ruperra Castle (Preservation Trust) Sirhowy Ironworks South Wales Miners’ Museum St. Illtyd’s Church St. Illtyd’s Church St. Peter’s Church The Old Bridge The General Offices Tredegar Town Clock Tredegar Museum Trefil Rail Road

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Merthyr Tydfil Abertilllery Nantyglo New Tredegar Pontypridd Merthyr Tydfil

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Caerphilly Castle

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Penderyn Whisky

Rhondda Heritage Park

Llanyrafon Manor

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BY COach and bus
Traveline Cymru Traveline Cymru provides an all Wales information service. T: +44 (0) 871 2002233 National Express National Express provides coach services to Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd with good onward connections to The Valleys. T: +44 (0) 8717 818180

TOurist InfOrmatiOn Centres

If you’d like some help in planning your trip or for information on the local area, contact one of the Tourist Information Centres below, where the friendly and knowledgable staff will be pleased to help you.

BY Car
The M4, M5 and M50 provide easy access to The Valleys from the South East, the Home Counties, the Midlands and the South West.

Aberdulais Falls
Aberdulais Falls National Trust Property, Aberdulais, Neath, SA10 8EU T: +44 (0) 1639 636 674 E:

Millennium Coastal Park Discovery Centre, Millennium Coastal Park, North Dock, Llanelli, SA15 2LF T: +44 (0) 1554 777 744 E: discoverycentre@

BY Train
Hourly services from major cities to Cardiff with good regional railway connections to The Valleys. National Rail Enquiries T: +44 (0) 8457 48 49 50 Eurotunnel T: +44 (0) 870 535 3535

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and TIC
Church Road, Blaenavon, NP4 9AE (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays) T: +44 (0) 1495 742 333 E:

Merthyr Tydfil
14a Glebeland Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AU T: +44 (0) 1685 727 474 E:

BY Sea
Services operating across the Irish Sea: Fastnet Line (Cork to Swansea) T: +44 (0) 844 576 8831 Stena Line (Rosslare to Fishguard) T: +44 (0) 8447 70 70 70 Irish Ferries (Rosslare to Pembroke) T: +44 (0) 818 300 400

T: +44 (0) 1656 786639 E:

Museum and Tourist Information Centre, Bridge Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE T: +44 (0) 1443 490748 E:

Visit Caerphilly
Twyn Square, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL T: +44 (0) 29 2088 0011 E:

Visit Swansea Bay
Plymouth Street, Swansea, SA1 3QG T: +44 (0) 1792 468 321 E:

BY Air
Cardiff Airport, Bristol Airport and Birmingham Airport handle flights into the region from the UK, Europe and USA. For flight information: Cardiff Airport T:+44 (0) 8712 820661 Bristol Airport T: +44 (0) 871 334 4344 Birmingham Airport T: +44 (0) 870 733 5511

Castle House, Adj to County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP T: +44 (0) 1267 231 557 E: carmarthentic@

Parc Bryn Bach Countryside Centre, Merthyr Road, Tredegar, NP22 3AY T: +44 (0) 1495 711 816 E:


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©The Valleys Heart and Soul This guide has been funded and produced by The Valleys Consortium consisting of Blaenau Gwent CBC, Bridgend CBC, Caerphilly CBC, Carmarthenshire CC, Merthyr Tydfil CBC, Neath Port Talbot CBC, Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC, Torfaen CBC, Welsh Government and Capital Region Tourism with the assistance of European Regional Development Funding. Images throughout are supplied by partners and Welsh Government. Copyright is retained by the relevant partner organisation. Important notice: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in this publication, the publishers cannot accept liability whatsoever for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or for any matter in any way connected with or arising out of the publication of the information. This brochure may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the prior consent of the publishers.

We’ve got singletrack, downhill and cross country, great scenery, cafes and accommodation – we’ve got bike shops, trail maps and ‘hwyl’ (fun the Welsh way). You’ve got the chance to be part of it all, so come and join the revolution! Check out our website for all the information you need on mountain biking in South Wales – (Opening Autumn 2013 – BikePark Wales – Gethin Woods, Merthyr Tydfil)


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