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|The Coliseum Aberdare|
in a residential street in Aberdare, this striking building has a varied programme
that includes comedy, music, drama, light entertainment and family events. Digital
cinema also forms an essential part of the programme.
Box Office 03000 040 444
Telephone Bookings available Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Opening Hours: Tuesday Friday 11.00am 2.00pm
|Craig y Llyn|
summit of the 1,960 feet high cliffs of Craig-y-Llyn on Treherbert Mountain
offers the most spectacular views across the Cynon and Rhondda valleys on either
side of the mountain. The winding ascent from the Cynon side of the valley,
passing Tower Colliery's deep mine and its opencast working, levels out on a
summit where a natural viewpoint allows passers-by to stop and gaze at the panorama
of mountains beyond mountains, misty with distance. Fifty years ago, Bronze
Age artefacts such as axes, breast plates and cauldrons were found in the waters
of Llyn Fawr that lies at the foot of Craig-y-Llyn.
These can now be seen in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
|Church of St John the Baptist|
|Built in the late twelfth century by the Cistercian Monks, the building is Norman in design. The iron gates outside the west door were made in the Abernant iron foundry in the nineteenth century. The church is surrounded by an ancient cemetery which, in springtime, is a wonderful carpet of violet and white crocuses and golden daffodils.|
|St. Gwynno's Llanwonno|
|In the churchyard of St Gwynno's Church in Llanwonno is buried Gruffydd Morgan or Guto Nyth Bran, as he was known. Guto was one of the fastest runners ever known and legend has it that he could outrun a hare, keep up with hounds and win races with horses. In 1737, an English soldier by the name of Prince, who was stationed at the barracks in Monmouth, heard of Guto's prowess and challenged him to a race over twelve miles - which Guto ran in 53 minutes and won. Tragedy overtook triumph when Guto's girlfriend Sian slapped him on the back to congratulate him, displacing his heart. He dropped dead on the spot. In 1866 a large tombstone was erected in his memory and can be seen just behind the wall of the south porch of the church. A sculpture to Guto can be seen in Oxford Street, Mountain Ash and the Nos Galan races are an annual celebration of this incredible athlete.|
|This mountain-top footpath runs along the borough boundary between the Cynon Valley and Merthyr Vale, offering spectacular views across both valleys. It can be accessed from a footpath on the A4059, close to the A470.|
|Scwd yr Eira|
river Hepste falls as Scwd yr Eira at the confluence of three counties: Rhondda
Cynon Taff, West Glamorgan and Powys.
The falls are at their most spectacular after a period of heavy rain. The drawback is a descent and ascent down steep slopes and steps of thick mud! Most people feel that the experience is worth the effort, however, when they stand behind the waterfall and feel its primal force as it plunges into the boiling cauldron of the splash pool less than an arm's length in front of their faces. From the Cynon Valley, Scwd yr Eira is accessible from the rear of the Lamb Inn in Penderyn. Waymarking signs indicate the route out over the moorland where bog cotton grows like fleece upon the rushy ground and the buzzards circle overhead.
The land around Scwd yr Eira is limestone and water has eroded it over the millennia to create potholes, swallowholes, underground rivers and waterfalls. It is country to be taken seriously and one of the most important things to remember is sensible footwear. Shoes or boots with a good tread are a must. For information and maps of Scwd yr Eira and beyond, contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01639 721795.
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