The Bridgend Valleys have splendid landscapes, walking and myths.
Whilst there might be some contention whether Cwm Garw should be translated as the ‘rugged’ valley, there is no doubting its picturesque rugged beauty. As its name suggests, Blaengarw sits at the head of the valley surrounded by the towering Carn & Werfa mountains. Since the demise of the area’s collieries, regeneration has helped re-green the area, such as at Parc Calon Lan, named after a famous Welsh hymn, the words of which were written by Daniel James when he lived in the village.
Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall has been restored and is a focus of community life with its 260-seat auditorium, supported by the activities of the award-winning Creation Development Trust, which has also opened a cafe nearby which serves a variety of good wholesome food. Their innovative time banking scheme encourages local people to get involved in village life and rewards them for their time and efforts through a community currency!
The valley winds beautifully down past Lluest and Pantygog to Llangeinor, where the 18th century philosopher and financial genius, Dr Richard Price was born at Tynton Farm. His writings influenced both the American ‘Declaration of Independence’ and Constitution.
At the entrance of the Garw valley is Bryngarw House surrounded by the 113-acre Bryngarw Country Park. Built in 1834, the house is now a major conference centre with 19 tastefully furnished bedrooms whilst the park has a varied programme of events throughout the summer, offering facilities for nature lovers, families, walkers and cyclists.
- Bryngarw House and Country Park
Bryngarw House nestling in 113 acres of Country Parkland. Each of the nineteen bedrooms is en suite and has its own unique style, direct dial telephones, television, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Award winning restaurant for evening meals, Sunday lunches and special occasions. Eat – Drink – Relax – Enjoy - Sleep
- Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall
We have heard much about community regeneration over the past quarter century, but see it in action at this splendid old miners’ institute at the top of the dead-end Garw Valley. The murals and decorations indicate that you’re in for something special, and you’re not disappointed.