You might already have a picture of The Valleys in your mind but is it up to date?
We are very proud of our industrial past and the strong and passionate people that made Wales "The First Industrial Nation" but now The Valleys are a green and welcoming space. You are more likely to encounter a country park than a mine - although we still have a unique pit that you can explore as a visitor - Big Pit: National Coal Museum in Blaenavon (World Heritage Site).
Whilst The Valleys changed dramatically during the industrial revolution, our history stretches much further. So a visit here can take you to the imposing castles in Caerphilly or Kidwelly, to various Roman sites (such the Roman fort at Gelligaer) and even back to the Iron Age and places like Twmbarlwm.
The Valleys have been regreened - changed from the industrial valleys of the last century to an area that is brilliant for many outdoor activities - mountain biking and cycling are both really well served, with mountain bike trails at Afan Forest, Cwmcarn and Gethin Woods (soon to open Bike Park Wales) and over 400km of safe, off road cycle trails on old railways and paths across The Valleys. The canals, lakes and beautifully clean rivers are also brilliant for watersports and with specialist guides you can have a go at climbing, caving or even paragliding above the impressive hills.
So maybe this is a new picture of The Valleys for you! What hasn’t altered is the strong Valleys spirit. Walk into our hotels, shops or restaurant and you will find a genuinely warm and friendly welcome - it comes naturally in the people of south Wales – the Heart & Soul of Wales.
We hope that you come along and discover the real Valleys.