The Valleys

Valley Highlights

  • Family Fun - Valleys Style
    After high-tempo, mind-blowing, boredom-busting activities? Something new, different, alternative? Great value fun and priceless memories? Come to The Valleys and break a wizard’s spell, walk behind a waterfall, take up mountain biking. Go native as a bushwaka, explore hidden caves festooned with stalactites, discover Wales’ largest castle in the steps of Dr Who.
     
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  • Spin,Pedal, Pump - cycling and mountain biking
    The Valleys are world-class for mountain biking and it just got even better with the opening of BikePark Wales, the UK’s first full-size commercial bike park. Add 250 miles/400km of National Cycle Network, forest and river scenery, mud ‘n’ rock for trail warriors, freewheeling for families – and that’s a whole lot of ‘hwyl’ (fun the Welsh way), whatever your level. Find a route to suit, here’s 10 for starters.
     
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  • Walk Our Ways
    We keep our feet on the ground in The Valleys – take a look at these walks and you will too. Escape on exhilarating ridgeway rambles, wander behind waterfalls, hike through history and discover family fun trails. And do stretch your legs at our annual Wales Valleys Walking Festival.
     
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  • Pioneers & power: Industrial Heritage around The Valleys
    Discover the pioneers and passion that shaped The Valleys and made them the epicentre of global industrial revolution. Real stories, thrilling experiences and dramatic Haearnpunk interpretation fuse a pulsating past with a proud present.
     
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  • Ten new experiences - try them now
    People in the South Wales Valleys have always loved to go their own way and that’s why you’ll find a brilliant range of exciting, creative experiences here – the dynamic hill and valley landscapes play their part too, of course! Step off a mountain into thin air, walk behind a waterfall, discover a talent for coracle making or simply do something different like visit Britain’s newest horse racing course. We’ve come up with ten great experiences to try ‘after you’re 40’ and looking for a new challenge, but any free spirits should give them a go.
     
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  • The best 'wet weekend'
    If your idea of a wet weekend is something that dampens the spirits, come to the South Wales Valleys and change your mind. It’s true that it can rain here – we call it liquid sunshine and it keeps The Valleys, rivers and waterfalls fresh. So even when it’s sunny, we love wet weekends and the tingle of wellbeing that all that water seems to stir: Boating on the canal, lake fishing, walking in Waterfall Country or admiring breathtaking water-sculpted features in Cathedral Cave.
     
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