This year why not explore The Valleys on your
bike? With over 400km of family friendly routes to explore, the only reason to stand still is to admire the view! Llynfi Valley is home to a stunning art-trail that’s as eye-catching as the landscape and Sandy Water Park, Llanelli is the perfect place for a picnic. Or how about joining the Ebbw Trail and visiting Guardian - on the site of Six Bells Colliery. On Good Friday a brilliant new online Treasure Hunt Adventure is being launched by Sustrans called Taff Tales - get involved with Catrin and Gruff's adventures and discover so much more about The Taff Trail and the other nearby routes - brilliant!!
These two brilliant attractions really do have “power” in common. At Aberdulais Tin Works and Falls you can see how the traditional power of water that attracted industry here 200 years ago now provides the electricity! Meanwhile on the Brecon Mountain Railway you can feel the power as the steam train pulls the carriages into the Brecon Beacons on a route that was originally built to carry minerals from the hills into the industrial town of Merthyr Tydfil. Whilst they have an industrial past - don't let this put you off! They are now set in beautiful, green countryside and bring their rich stories to life in ways that ensure that the whole family has a great day out!
The Valleys are built on ingenious and adventurous people - people who came here to seek a better life. The work was hard but the communities were welcoming. A visit to Kidwelly Industrial Museum tells the story of the tinplate - did you know that the first UK beer can came from Llanelli and contained Felinfoel beer? Coal is what many people associate with The Valleys - now The Valleys are green again but a visit to Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, allows you to experience the life of every miner as you descend 300ft and explore the underground workings with a real life miner guide. Great experiences for everybody!
A visit to Llancaiach Fawr Manor really is an opportunity to step back in time - as you meet the servants of Manor back in 1645 when they knew nothing about cars and phones - a totally different way of life. Then a visit to Neath Abbey gives an insight into the lives of the Cistercian Monks - but it also shows how industry cut its way through The Valleys as the Abbey sits alongside the Neath and Tennant Canal - the motorway of the 19th century!! Across The Valleys there are so many places to visit to explore our heritage - how about Caerphilly Castle, Kidwelly Castle or Margam Abbey - all brilliant for a family day out this weekend!
The Valleys has many great places to visit with your family - Llech Owain Country Park near Gorslas has 158 acres of woodland and park to explore with the lake and its mystical stories at its heart. You can run, walk or cycle - and then visit the Visitor Centre for a welcome break. Or take the family to Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar and discover how the iron master's used to live. The youngest children can explore the park as they follow the Fairy Trail - the "Biggest lump of Coal", the grotto and even an ice house. Grab a cup of tea or unpack the picnic and enjoy relaxing in this, or one of the many, beautiful parks across The Valleys - now that's a family weekend!!