When you think of South Wales’ valleys, perhaps the Industrial Revolution comes to mind, when the air was thick with coal dust, the rivers choked with dirt, and miners’ wives hung bright white washing on lines while their husbands whistled their way to work. That’s just one version of the past and, on this walking tour, you’ll discover that there’s much more to the small mining town of Senghenydd in the Welsh Aber Valley.
Starting with stories from medieval times when the environment was quite different, our tour retraces the path miners followed on their way to work at the Universal Colliery. I’ll tell you how this village is linked to the magnificent Caerphilly Castle, and the lengths that a Welsh Lord would go to in order to save his lands.
We’ll stop at the Welsh National Mine Memorial, and consider the true price of coal before backtracking along Commercial Street to meet some of the people caught up in the terrible events of 1913. Finally, you’ll hear a few stories about local characters, as well as Wales’ history, before arriving back at your starting point outside the Heritage Centre.
Wales is a country with so much to offer, and this little slice of Welsh hills and valleys is a glorious microcosm of the history of Cymru Wales.