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

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