Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some local attractions, events and businesses may not be operating as advertised. Please plan ahead. We recommend that you directly contact the places you are intending to visit before traveling to our destination.

 

Let’s all work together to keep each other safe by following Welsh Government guidelines whilst enjoying what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some local attractions, events and businesses may not be operating as advertised. Please plan ahead. We recommend that you directly contact the places you are intending to visit before traveling to our destination.

 

Let’s all work together to keep each other safe by following Welsh Government guidelines whilst enjoying what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.

Cwm Gwrelych Geo Trail

DIFFICULTY:
  • Easy
DISTANCE:
    2.4 km / 1.6 mi
ALLOW:
    1 hour
HABITAT:
  • Woodland / Rockface

A lovely walk, with beautiful views where you can walk back in time and discover the rich industrial heritage and internationally important geology of this unique site. Situated right on the edge of the South Wales coalfield this secluded valley gives access to rocks that would only be found deep below the valleys of South Wales. Discover coal seams, iron rich rocks and wonderful plant fossils that tell the story of ancient environments.

Start in Ponwalby Village and the trail heads south, passing beneath the viaduct. It then follows the river upstream through a narrow gorge dominated by the large Farewell Rock crags. The path meanders away from the river itself to explore the impressive geological features, taking you along a suite of interpretation panels to highlight further points of interest.

Wildlife Watching: The area is home to a wealth of wildlife, such as Common Lizards, Slow-worms and Green Woodpeckers.

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