Two historic walks in the Cynon Valley will take place shortly to celebrate the diverse industrial history of the area.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working in partnership with various organisations and individuals, are making this year’s Open Doors the best yet – with plenty of activities and events to inspire and educate.
During the month local residents and visitors to the area will be able to view learn more about the history of the County Borough through guided walks, lectures and visits to historic buildings.
On September 12 and 15 members of the Merthyr History Society are offering a guided walk in Abercynon to celebrate the achievements of pioneer Richard Trevithick.
The walk from the former Abercynon canal basin leads along the old Merthyr tramroad that linked Penydarren Ironworks and Navigation Basin at Abercynon.
It was along this tramroad that Richard Trevithick drove his steam locomotive with five wagons carrying passengers and cargo on the world’s first railway journey in 1804.
On September 21 a guided two mile walk around Mountain Ash will take place from the railway station to explore the Darranlas side of town. Aspects of the walk will include the history of the town’s Irish community, survivals of the farm economy and the work of unemployed miners in the 1930s.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Cllr. Robert Bevan explained, “Open Doors includes some rare opportunities to entertain, inspire and educate all those who are fortunate enough to learn more about our wonderful County Borough.”
Lower Trevithick Trail Guided Walks takes place on Thursday September 12 and Sunday September 15 at 2pm from outside the Celtic Carvery in Abercynon. For further details contact 01443 744044.
Mountain Ash Historic Walk takes place on September 21st at 10.30am from outside Mountain Ash Railway Station. For further details contact 01443 490748.
For further information on the activities taking place as part of the Open Doors project, visit the events sections at www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk