Lewis Merthyr Colliery
Industrial Wales - South and Mid Glamorgan
The Rhondda Valleys
From Pontypridd to Blaenrhondda and Maerdy
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The industrial history and archaeology of South and Mid-Glamorgan

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Blaenrhondda

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Penpych Woodland Park

If you've got a free day, go to Penpych Woodland Park and spend some time exploring this area. The sites of Dunraven Colliery (or Tydraw Colliery), Glenrhondda Colliery and Fernhill Colliery have been 'landscaped' but the inclines and old levels on the hillsides deserve a lot more exploration than I had time for.

At the very head of the Rhondda are a collection of old dams, pipelines and lower down the RUDC pipeline tunnel from Llyn Fawr Reservoir, which was opened in 1909 and is still in use. There's a tramway around the back of the RUDC tunnel to the waterfall and there looks like an interesting iron tank there. I only saw it on the photos after the walk! Lower down again there's more to see of the pipeline aqueduct and tunnel, odd ruins and ironmongery and a now uncovered tunnel on the tramways to Tyn-y-waun Colliery, Cwar Du and Cwar Hendy quarries.


Elsewhere in the Rhondda

Quick links to :-     Blaenrhondda     Tylorstown and elsewhere

Upper Penrhiwfer Colliery, near Penygraig - SS 9972 8968

Tylorstown

A quick trip to Llwynypia, Trealaw and Porth.

A few spots in the Rhondda, taken in passing from the Treherbert train


Acknowledgments, sources and further reading

Further information :- Early photos of the RUDC pipeline (Blaenrhondda) tunnel are available on the R.C.T. Library Archive website


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