10 Awesome Things To Do In The South Wales Valleys… PART TWO

Well here we are…part two of the blog you have all been waiting for 😛 ! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and ate far too much and drank responsibility… naturally.

We had a brilliant time at the Taffi Campers HQ, with not a single sprout in sight (Helen heaves a huge sigh of relief). We had some exciting updates on our next campervan baby who is due to be parked at a campsite near you in May! Wahay!  And we have planned ourselves a little trip on one of Visit Wales’ NEW The Wales Way routes.  We will let you know a bit more about this next time.

Enough of my rambling on… here is part two, enjoy!

If you missed part one click HERE to read it.

(Also, it goes without saying that if anyone has any tips for us we are always on the look out. Drop us a comment below. Equally if there is anything you want us to write about, let us know)

6. Dare yourself with Taff Valley Quad Biking and Activity Centre
Taff Valley is the place to go if quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting or gorge walking is your thing. You are sure to have an epic day filled to the brim with exhilarating activities. Enough to keep any kid, or big kid, entertained for hours!

7. Educate yourself at Big Pit National Coal Museum
A visit to Big Pit is quite special as it’s a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. All tours are run by old miners who will tell you everything you could ever want to know about what used to be the heart of Welsh industry.

8. Check out the impressive Caerphilly Castle
Dominating an incredible 30 acre site, Caerphilly Castle is Wales’ largest (and Britain’s second largest castle behind Windsor.) It was built in the 13th Century and is surrounded by a moat. The perfect example of a classic Welsh Castle, ready for you to explore.

9. Sip on a dram at the Penderyn Whisky Distillery
Check out the Penderyn Whisky Distillery and sample some of their delicious award winning single malts set in the picturesque foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons in South Wales. The perfect way to start off you “Welsh Experience”.

10. Learn about our history at Cyfarthfa Castle
Get yourselves down to Visit Cyfarthfa Castle.  Built in 1824 and once home to the Ironmaster William Crawshay,  who (some might say ruthlessly) controlled the town and all the people living it in. The castle is now a museum and gallery where a fantastic collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyr’s history can be seen.

We know you’ve been lured in now and we can’t wait to meet you all when you pop by for a visit. Be sure to take Wil or Mogs, our campers, on one of your adventures so they can show you the best routes to take.

That’s all from us, for now.

Lots of festive love and see you next year!

Team Taffi

xx

 

10 Awesome Things To Do In The South Wales Valleys…PART ONE

We are based in South Wales and are incredibly proud of everything that it has on offer. There is so much culture, history and some damn good food to be had that will make you want to come back for seconds. Not to mention the awesome selection of activities and walks on offer.  The South Wales Valleys have a unique history and were once the industrial heartland of the country. So there really is something for everyone on this list of things to do.

We thought we would split it into 2 parts to make it easier to read on the go.

Here is PART ONE..

1. DID SOMEONE SAY ROAD TRIP?! Drive the A4061 from Hirwain to Treherbert 

Now we absolutely LOVE a road trip in our camper. And a massive part of the experience is the actual drive! Being on some epic roads where there is something to see round each corner. Fortunately the South Wales Valleys are perfect for that so we don’t always have to travel far. Check out the fantastic stretch of the A4061 from Hirwaun to Treherbert and tell us you’re not impressed! We dare you 🙂

2.  Walk behind a curtain of water at Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall

Get your walking boots on a check out this hidden gem! The best way to see the Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall is on the Four Falls walk which is a 5.5 mile jaunt straight through the Brecon Beacons countryside from Gwaun Hepste to Cwm Porth Car Park. The clue is definitely in the title here – there are four waterfalls to check out but perhaps the most exciting of all is Sgwd yr Eira, meaning Snow Waterfall. If you follow the old track to the waterfall you can walk directly behind without getting wet. It is a really magical experience and something that I have only experienced there. As I said, a true hidden gem that is not to be missed. If, however,  a 5.5 mile walk is just too much for you, you can do a shorter walk of 1.3 miles and still get to experience the curtain of water in all its glory. Starting at Pontneddfechan Village and finishing at Pont Melin-Fach car park.

3. Challenge yourself to climb Pen Y Fan or Travel On The Brecon Mountain Railway

While you’re in the Brecon Beacons National Park, perhaps you would like to challenge yourself to another slightly different walk… climbing the tallest peak in South Wales – Pen Y Fan. This is a challenging up hill walk but promises the most incredible views from the top. A good warm up before you head north to climb the mighty Snowdon perhaps…? If this really isn’t your cup of tea you can jump on the vintage steam locomotive and still experience the beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

4. Have a dip in Pontypridd Lido

Now it’s time to get your bathers on and get yourself down to the recently restored Pontypridd Lido. Built on the site of the original 1927 Lido that aimed to bring a Mediterranean touch to the South Wales Valleys. It is a grade 2 listed site that has 3 heated pools to suit dedicated swimmers, social swimmers and children. Some original features from the 20s are still there too, from the pool side wooden cubicles to the wooden turnstiles. It’s a wicked place to bring the family, or even if you just fancy a dip by yourself. There are sessions specifically tailored for children with inflatables too. The perfect addition to your South Wales roadtrip!

5. Savour a Sunday Lunch at the Bunch

All this talk of walking and swimming is making me hungry… anyone else? One of the best places for a mean Sunday Roast is our local, The Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd. Sample some locally sourced seasonal meals there, tear off a piece of home baked bread or sip on one of their own brewed beers. We also love the local award winning Otley beers which you can try here too. A warm and cosy atmosphere complements the epic food and drink here. A sure way to fuel yourself for the activities to come.

Tune in next week for part two and start planning next years holidays to chase those January blues away…

See you next week,

Team Taffi x

Our 5 Favourite Places To Camp In Wales

I’m not sure if you have already gathered from all of our posts on social media but we are lovers of all things Welsh and we don’t think Wales gets the hype and press that it richly deserves. Even though there are a number of awesome campaigns out there from Visit Wales, we want to help spread the word. Check out the brand new roadtrips that have been pre-planned from you here – The Wales Way.

So to start this blog off here’s a little tale from one of our trips for you.

We recently went on a camping trip to Scotland to suss out the competition… joking! We love Scotland too. We started chatting to an awesome Australian couple who had self converted an old caddy van into their home for the next few months. We starting comparing travel tips over a few beers, as you do. They told us what they had been up to, we told them what we had been up to and we both suggested things for each other to do while in Scotland. Talk quickly turned to Wales which to our horror the couple had never thought of visiting! Well you can imagine what we did next…out come the phones and we start to show them numerous incredible photos we have and also tell the many tales of our awesome homeland! I’m very pleased to say that they have now put a camping trip to Wales on their list…and we want all of our buddies who follow our blog to do the same because we guarantee you WILL NOT be disappointed…so…we thought…let’s share some local knowledge with everyone of a few of our favourite hot spots…

And here it is … Our 5 Favourite Places To Camp in Wales:

  1. The Valleys

    Not as well known for being a tourist hotspot as the rest of our suggestions but equally as beautiful, are the rolling hills of the valleys. The valleys are the former industrial heartland of the country and offer everything from history to nature to fantastic food and drink. Hire a bike from Bike Park Wales and cycle the River Taff, or visit Merthyr’s Cyfarthfa Castle and Caerphilly Castle, or visit one of the countless country parks and see dramatic waterfalls or even have a tipple of Penderyn Whisky at the distillery. There is just so much to do (we will be publishing a blog on this next week if you want some more inspiration). Our lovely camper is based just outside of Cardiff in Pontypridd (with Cardiff collection options too). From there you can head to Aberdare and stay at one of our favourite campsites in the area at the Dare Valley Country Park. They have excellent facilities and are nestled right in the heart of the countryside and woodland giving a real “escape to the county” feel.

  2.  The Brecon Beacons

    The Brecon Beacons are probably one of the most well know mountain ranges in the UK and really do live up to their reputation. Explore the national parks in all their splendour and challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in South Wales, Pen Y Fan. There is heaps to do in the national park and surrounding areas; mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking, caving and canyoning. You name the activity, you can do it there! There are also some really gorgeous little towns to explore on your way round too with lots of little tea rooms for a slice of something sweet. We will be sure to blog about this and give you tonnes of ideas but before we crack on to number 3 we want to tell you about an awesome campsite called Lakeside Caravan Park, situated right on the waters edge at Llangorse Lake. Here you can try a variety of water sports as well as their excellent facilities and great location.

  3. Snowdonia National Park

    Famous for having the highest peak in Wales, the Snowdonia National Park is a must do for any keen walker or explorer. Some maniacs even run up the peaks with Run Snowdonia. I have to say it’s never been something I’ve fancied doing BUT there are people that do and absolutely love it! The Snowdonia National Park again offers just about everything you can think of to do and it’s also super close to our buddies at Zip World who offer the most incredible mile lone zip line experience, trampolining in caves and a even forest rollercoaster. Along with all these activities make sure to visit Beddgelert, the setting of one of Wales’ most tragic myths about the friendship between one man and his dog! While you’re in Beddgelert we reckon you should stay at Cae Du Campsite. It’s a really great spot! Blog Post on the beauty of North Wales coming to a laptop near you damn soon!

  4.  Aberaeron

     

    This is just the most gorgeous little town situated around a colourful and     completely stunning harbour. This is the perfect place to spend a few days when you want to get back to civilisation but still enjoy the slower pace of life. Grab a drink at the Harbourmaster and be tempted in by their warm and lively atmosphere, perhaps even treat yourself to a night away from the BBQ and chose something from their excellent menu. DELICIOUS!! When you arrive check yourself in at our favourite campsite, Camping On The Farm. Aberaeron really is one of our favourite places in the world and is perfect for a bit of R&R from the daily grind.

  5. Tenby

    Also an excellent town catered superbly for holiday makers. The bright lights of Tenby will seduce you like no other Welsh town. Canter along the beach, surf, kayak, walk the coastal path or even pop along and watch a glassblower creating works of art. There is something for everyone here and there is so much going on. Tenby has got a real buzz around it, particularly in the summer months, and is perfect if you have children to entertain. We can recommend a few nights stay at Broadfield Farm Caravan Park.

    I know we said it was 5 but we have also just heard about this fantastic new campsite called Gupton Farm that has opened recently and is owned by the National Trust. It’s in Pembrokeshire near Castlemartin. We can’t wait to check it out and add it to our list of awesome places to stay. If you’ve been there already or are planning a trip we would love to hear your thought.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post and look forward to treating you with another delight next week.

     Over and out, Team T x