The Valleys
Wet Weekends in The Valleys

Wet Weekends in The Valleys

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."    - John Ruskin

This is very much the case in the Valleys. We might have a bit more rain that some parts of the country - but this means that we have beautiful green landscapes, wonderful fast flowing rivers, and abundant peaceful reservoirs where you can sit and contemplate the future!

Here are some ideas of what you could get up to if the "liquid sunshine" is falling when you are in The Valleys.

There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.  - Alfred Wainwright

If you've got your wet gear on - then whatever the weather, a walk to Sgwd yr Eira, and even under this impressive waterfall, is an experience to remember. You can start from Penderyn or Pontneddfechan - and use this new audio trail to bring local stories to life. Be careful if you decide to walk behind the waterfall.

Enjoy a Taste of The Valleys

Your walk to the waterfalls can end with a taste of Welsh Wsgi at Penderyn Brewery - or you could call at Rhymney Brewery in Blaenavon. Across The Valleys there are numerous Italian Cafe's and ice cream bars, set up by Italian who moved to Wales from Bardi as far back as 1890's. Try Sidoli's Ice Cream bar in Ebbw Vale or Prince's Cafe in the centre of Pontypridd.

A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.  - Rachel Carson

And we have loads of woods to choose from - ranging from the ancient beechwoods of Cwm Clydach Woodlands (near Brynmawr), to Garwnant Forest, to the north of Merthyr Tydfil where there are fully accessible trails through the woodlands with puzzle trails to keep the children amused.

It is always dry underground!

Yes - a trip underground is ideal if there is a little rain in the air - on a cold day it is warmer 100metres underground at Big Pit: National Coal Museum, whilst Rhondda Heritage Park is always welcoming. The other mining museums (Cefn Coed Mining Museum and South Wales Miners Museum) will always give you a warm welcome - whatever the weather!!

Watch the weather arrive!

Take a trip to the tops of The Valleys - wonderful view points at places like The Rhigos and The Bwlch - and from here you can often see the weather "rolling" into The Valleys.

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.  - Author Unknown