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Country Park:Dare Valley Country Park

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Rhondda Cynon Taff,
CF44 7RG



The Dare Valley is a beautiful glacial valley. It includes all of the classic features of a south Wales mining valley - a spectacular glacial cwm at the head of the valley (with peat bogs above), alder woodlands, rhos pastures, old coal tips and remodelled coal waste, conifer plantations and classic mining villages. It provides excellent examples of post-industrial biodiversity, at a variety of sites, including some of the oldest-established remediation areas for public use in South Wales.

The Dare Valley Country Park was developed 35 years ago on the site of two worked out collieries in the Dare Valley, Aberdare. Part of the first phase of land reclamation took place in the wake of the terrible Aberfan mining disaster in 1966. A third of a century later, the Park now represents one of the best examples of natural regeneration and restoration in a coal spoil environment. The restoration has been due, in part, to the chemical and physical attributes of the local coal spoil which have been actively utilised in a way to promote diversity.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Months Open:April - September:
Open daily, 9am - 6.30pm
October and March:
Open daily, 9.30am - 5pm
November - February:
Open daily, 9.30am - 4pm.




Rhondda Cynon Taff,
CF44 7RG


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Map reference: SN 997025  Lat: 51.71223 Long: -3.45311


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted