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The Cribarth – The Sleeping Giant

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Guarding the entrance to a picturesque and mysterious valley, called Penwyllt, full of caves, quarries, ancient monuments, cosy pubs and stunning scenery lies the Sleeping Giant.  This hill called the Cribarth looks like a huge sleeping giant.  Legends have it that the giant will awaken to help his people in a time of need.

 

Overlooking the village of Abercrave, the Cribarth hill according to Nigel Phillips on the Brecon Beacons park society website:

“Cribarth must be one of the most intensively quarried mountains in Wales, but this actually adds to its appeal. The hey-day for this activity was between the opening of the Swansea Canal in 1794 and the 1890s. Limestone, silica rock and rottenstone were extracted in huge quantities for the iron, copper and tin industries further south around the Swansea Valley.
There were thirty-three large quarries and innumerable smaller ones, served by 10.5 miles of tramroads and railways and by eighteen inclined planes, four of which ran steeply down to the canal at Abercrave.”

 

This has created a beautiful and rugged landscape full of mystery due to the presence of two cairns and the presence of the valley with Craig y nos Castle, a hotel and Craig  y nos Country Park, which contains 40 acres of  Scenic Park Land.

The valley also contains the National Showcaves Centre a major tourist attraction as well as the Caving Club at Pewyllt.

 

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