Getting active in the Valleys

There's no time like the present to get outside in the fresh air and green hills. And our award-winning activity centres mean there's no excuse not to ride, climb, walk or even kayak your way to happiness! Go on… get out, take a leap and get active in the valleys.

  • Cwmtillery Lake, Ebbw Fach Trail, The Valleys

    Cwmtillery Lake, Ebbw Fach Trail, The Valleys

     by Ebbw Fach Trail

    From powerful reminders of the once-mighty steelmaking industry in these parts to owl sanctuaries, play areas, museums and cairns, this incredible part of the Valleys is never short of historic allure. Try the Ebbw Fach Trail for an easy way around 16 environmental sites, as well as ponds, lakes, inns and monuments.

  • Dare Valley Country Park with lake in front, near Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys
    Dare Valley Country Park, South Wales Valleys

    Developed out of two former collieries 35 years ago, this part of coal country is as close as you'll get in the great outdoors to the way life used to be in industrial Wales. Peat bogs, old coal tips and classic mine villages are all part of the sensitive restoration at Dare Valley Country Park. A day's cycling, walking or sightseeing await. 

  • A teenage on the climbing walls at Rock UK's Summit Centre at Merthyr Tydfil
    Rock UK's Summit Centre in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales Valleys by Rock UK

    Developed on the site of an old drift mine and developed into an international climbing centre in the 1990s, the climbing walls at the Summit Centre are up to 18m, with 180 different ways to get to the top. Featuring a bouldering area, man-made caving system and waterfall, its owners also have land expansion plans to make way for ropes courses archery and accommodation. 

  • A cyclist on the Taff Valley Cycle Trail in the South Wales Valleys
    Taff Valley Cycle Trail, South Wales Valleys

    The end of a cold, grey winter can only mean one thing – it's time to dust those bikes down and set off in pursuit of the relief spring brings. Whatever the size of your clan or respective cycling abilities, dozens of glorious cycle routes slope along this beautiful part of the world.

  • A group preparing to quad bike at Taff Valley Quad Biking
    Taff Valley Quad Biking, South Wales Valleys

    Trekking through a countryside trail on an all-terrain quad bike may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ll enjoy some lovely views of the surrounding Taff and Rhymney valleys from the Taff Valley Activity Centre’s 340 acre farm, with plenty of bumpy tracks, fields and woodlands to explore, too. The activity centre also offers archery, laser shooting and clay pigeon shooting - a real blast! 

  • Darran Valley Country Park
    Parc Cwm Darran, South Wales Valleys

    A wonderfully accessible day out, this haven-style country park offers loads of scenic adventures on bike and foot across former colliery grounds. The restored lake is part of a major wildlife wetland and, if you find enough plants and creatures along the special trail, you'll be rewarded with special collector cards.

  • A group of kayakers on the lake at Bryn Bach Country Park
    Kayaking on Bryn Bach Country Park lake, South Wales Valleys by Hugh Trainer

    Parc Bryn Bach is a lakeside countryside park where adrenalin junkies can sample soaring through the sky, crawling through caves, canoeing, archery, orienteering and something called ‘hot dogging’ involving inflatable kayaks…! After all that, you may need to stop and refuel in the centre’s bar and restaurant… or have a quick lie down. 

  • Pontypool Ski Slopes in the South Wales Valleys
    Pontypool Ski Slopes, South Wales Valleys by Hugh Lester

    Not the most obvious of locations, but Pontypool's ski centre is a little gem. Home to its own ski club, the ski centre boats a 230m main slope, beginner’s area and mogul run. Even if your skiing ability currently resembles Bambi on ice, you’ll definitely find your feet here. 

  • A rider doing a front wheelie on a BikePark Wales trail in Gethin Woods, Merthyr Tydfil
    BikePark Wales, South Wales Valleys by Cognation

    Less than an hour from the Severn Bridge, Cwmcarn is a must for mountain bikers in South Wales and a real magnet for gravity slaves. The Mynydd Downhill trail is also unique for offering a year round uplift service. Riders on the Twrch trail can also enjoy views of the Bristol channel, a perfect lookout spot for refuelling. And if that isn't enough - further up the Valleys in Merthyr Tydfil there's Bike Park Wales, which offers an adrenaline packed network of trails and jumps.   

  • On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this part of the valleys offers excellent facilities if you're after a relaxing day out. There's plenty of variety on offer at Cwmbran Riverside Park, with play areas, cafes, boating, watersports and abundant opportunities for plant and wildlife spotting.

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