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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 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 the 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. It sits at the top of the Garw Valley,  a thriving community facility with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. 

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 beautiful wedding venue whilst the park has a varied programme of events throughout the summer, offering facilities for nature lovers, families, walkers and cyclists. You can also follow the Keepers Trail and discover the myths nad legends of this land.

Area Highlights

  • Bryngarw Country Park

    113 acres of parkland with loads to explore - grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, oriental gardens, picnic area, play area and a programme of great events each year.

  • Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall

    Nestled on a hill at the top of the Garw Valley, Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall is a thriving community facility with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.