Category Archives: Days Out

Caving in the Fforest Fawr Geopark

 

The National Show Cave Centre and Dan Yr Ogof is less that a 15 minute drive away and the area its is in world renowned for its Cave System.  Part of the UNESCO Fforest Fawr Geopark,  Penywyllt is home to The South Wales Caving Club and of course Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.

With its convenient large utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer and a luxurious bath to soak away and aches and pains, The River Tawe Holiday Apartment is the perfect base for caving holiday.

The Gower Peninsula is also full of caving opportunities see this map.

The Cribarth – The Sleeping Giant

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.

 

Dark Skies 2018

Stargazing

The Milky Way, Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales breconbeacons.org

 

The Brecon Beacons is one of the best places to see the stars all year round.  We are a ten minute drive from Craig-y-nos Country Park.  The sky there has a naked eye limiting magnitude of 6.30 and has it has been listed one of the top ten sites in the Brecon Beacons for Stargazing.  In 2012 the Brecon Beacons National Park became the Fifth Place to be come a Dark-Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association.

They write:

An IDA International Dark Sky Reserve is a public or private land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment. Reserves consist of a core area meeting minimum criteria for sky quality and natural darkness, and a peripheral area that supports dark sky preservation in the core. Reserves are formed through a partnership of multiple land managers who have recognized the value of the natural nighttime environment through regulations and long term planning.

 

Grab a blanket and a telescope and join us for some stargazing.