The Valleys
November - Whisky and waterfalls

November - Whisky and waterfalls

In the very north of the Valleys, where the geology is just right, there’s a place we call ‘Waterfall Country’. Waterfalls have inspired many a fantasy and fairy tale and we have one waterfall we think is extra special - Sgwd Yr Eira, meaning ‘fall of snow’. You can walk right behind the waterfall, taking a path behind the cascading water traditionally used by shepherds moving their sheep from one side of the river to the other. This is a place of myth and legend and the rocky gorge below the waterfall, known as Devil’s Glen, is inhabited by fairy folk and spooky souls!

The crystal clear water tumbling over Sgwd Yr Eira was the inspiration behind the revival of Welsh whisky making at nearby Penderyn Distillery. They produce some of the finest whiskies in the world using their own special ingredient - waterfall water – the fresh natural spring water that tumbles over Sgwd Yr Eira. As well as finding out about the history of whisky making in Wales, a tour of Penderyn includes tastings of their ‘Legend’ and ‘Myth’ whiskies and their Brecon gin. If you want the ultimate legendary experience you can also book a 2 ½ hour Master Class!

Welsh afternoon tea at Ty Newydd Country Hotel

If tea is more to your taste then a Welsh Afternoon Tea at nearby Ty Newydd Country Hotel is just the ticket. The afternoon tea tradition was started by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who often felt hungry in the late afternoon and invented a light meal to fill the gap! It has developed into a meal with etiquette: think starched napkins and special china and whether to pour the milk before or after the tea! And in Wales it is likely to include Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith too. 

What’s On November

Across The Valleys there are numerous fireworks displays - many in fantastic locations. The Firework Display at Caerphilly Castle is famous, as is the display at Cyfarthfa Castle and the one at Coity Castle. Then, to touch a more recent history, how about visiting the most scenic rugby ground, Pontypool Park?