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Cynon Valley, South Wales

Cynon Valley
The Cynon Valley lies between the Rhondda Valleys and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. In Welsh it is known as Cwm Cynon and, until the nineteenth century, the Welsh language was spoken by the majority of the valley’s population. The valley is in an area once dominated by coal mining. The Cynon Valley, and the tranquil countryside which surrounds it, has been described as “one of Wales' most beautiful places to visit”. The valley sits between the Merthyr and Rhondda Valleys and to the south of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Cynon Valley is situated within easy reach of the major Welsh cities of Cardiff and Swansea . The area is renowned for its coal mining history but is also famous for its hospitality and stunning scenery.
The valley is overlooked by the summit of the 1,960 feet high cliffs of Craig-y-Llyn on Treherbert Mountain. A climb to the top along the winding ascent from the Cynon side of the valley passes Tower Colliery's deep mine and its opencast working. The path levels out on a summit where a natural viewpoint rewards walkers with spectacular views across the Cynon and Rhondda valleys on either side of the mountain.

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Brecon Beacons
The Black Mountains
Dan yr Ogof
Rhondda Valley
Gower Peninsula
River Tywi
Cambrian Mountains
Wye Valley
Vale of Glamorgan
River Usk
Oxwich Bay
Taff Valley
The Vale of Neath
Pen Y Fan massif
Rhossili Bay
Sugar Loaf
River Clun
River Wye

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