The tight-knit coal communities of the Valleys have nurtured many young men and women with a powerful vision of a better future. Men like Aneurin Bevan, born in Tredegar who became Secretary of State for Health in 1945. His dream of free healthcare for everyone in Britain - the National Health Service - was based on the Tredegar Medical Aid Society, established by workers as a community health service in 1890.
He loved to roam the mountains and moorland around Tredegar, walking up to 20 miles a day both alone and with friends. He often used this time to overcome his stammer, reciting out loud passages of literature and rehearsing his speeches and arguments. It’s not hard to imagine him pondering his plans for the NHS as he wandered through this striking landscape. You can follow in his footsteps, walking along the Bryn Ore Tramroad near Trefil, to his favourite view across the Brecon Beacons.
To find out more about this legendary Welshman, pay a visit to Bedwellty House in Tredegar where, in the 1920s, the young Aneurin Bevan started his political career in the council chamber. You can follow the Aneurin Bevan Heritage Trail around the town and gain an insight into how this ordinary Tredegar boy became the most influential man in the history of the Labour party and the architect of our modern welfare state. Round off your trip with Afternoon Tea at Bedwellty House.
What’s on - July
July 9th - Velothon Wales take part or cheer them on!
July 28th – 30th - The Great Cheese Race kicks off the annual Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly, as teams carrying giant truckles of Caerphilly cheese race around the town. The Food and Drink Marquee is worth a visit if you like local treats and tipples.