Upper Amman Valley

The westernmost of our five valleys is known as the gateway to the Black Mountain range, on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Probably the earliest mention of the valley was in the 11th-century hero quest ‘Culhwch and Olwen’, one of 11 medieval Welsh tales that make up The Mabinogion.


However, like the other valleys in the region, the Upper Amman was famous as a centre for coal mining and metal working until the mid-20th century, when nature started claiming the area back as its own again.


The valley’s position right on the border of the strongly Welsh-speaking county of Carmarthenshire means you’re as likely to be greeted with a cheery ‘Bore da’ here as you are a ‘Good morning’.


The Welsh welcome remains as warm as ever in this valley with community spirit in abundance. This spirit is best witnessed at the community run Amman Valley Trotting Club which offers a different, and just as exciting, take on a day at the races; through the sport of harness racing.

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