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“A wonderful countryside and heritage walk”

Dare Valley Country Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Aberdare
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Even before the 1980s Tory government closed the pits and almost ruined the communities of South Wales, this was the site of a a number of old mines, tips and railway cuttings. With fantastic imagination the local council, in the 70s, cleared the land and gradually turned it into a country park - and it's wonderful. You can walk for miles - close to the villages of Landare and Cwmdare and Aberdare town itself, or you can wander up the valley, amost to the tops of the mountains between the Cynon and Rhondda valleys - through countryside which is almost a living museum as you pass some remants of the industrial heritage. You can also walk from here along another old railway line to Cwmaman. Fantastic!

1  Thank JegeT
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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed here many times and visited in the day and it's a great place to take children. The road is safe enough for bike riding, the food is lovely and it makes a nice escape from the busy town :)

Thank CraftyMoomin
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Peaceful walks and beautiful views. Well worth a visit.
Look out for the peregrine falcons and little owls!!!

Thank merlinaphirwaun
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Park is great for walking with lovely views across and down the whole of the Aberdare valley, good camping faciilties with a restaurant serving home cooked food and a very nice lounge ,relaxing area, in summer there are various activities in the courtyard with one of the local drama groups putting on various plays, last week they did An Inspector Calls and it was superb. There are also holiday flats for rent and very nicely furnished set in lovely surroundings, seasonal activities include, spooky halloween zombie runs, paintballing as well as childrens play areas. Easy access to all parts of Wales from there as well. I have to admit I am to be found walking in the park with my dogs every day.

1  Thank David E
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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

Having lived in Aberdare all my life, you really do take for granted how stunning this country park is.

I have now moved away but visited with family and friends recently. There are miles and miles of walkway.

It is perfect for all types of visits, family groups can take advantage of the large areas to run around and play, perfect for picnics and there are two play areas within the park itself.

Walkers can enjoy the many different walks whether it be up the mountains, past waterfalls as streams, down the old trackways that once carried the coal from this area or through the woodlands.

For photographers it is a dream all year round and with many different types of habitats.

There are man made lakes and is home to many types of rare wildlife including a breeding pair of peregrine falcons.

It's used by many locals as a place for dog walking and there is so much to see that it's difficult to remember it all.

It really is a little gem that needs more advertisement.

Thank Marmitelover88
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