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Blaengarw sits at the head of the Garw valley surrounded by the towering Carn and Werfa mountains. Since the demise of the area’s collieries, regeneration has helped to 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.

The valley winds beautifully down past Lluest and Pantygog to Llangeinor, where the C18th 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.


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Map reference: SS 901929  Lat: 51.62500 Long: -3.58800

M4 Junction 36 and follow the Brown signs for the Garw Valley and onto the A4064

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Tondu station