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South Wales August 6-9 2009     Upper Rhondda Valley

 

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The road into the Rhondda from the head of the valleys. A fabulous northwards-facing scarp above Hirwaun on the A4061 encloses the dammed Llyn Fawr, serving the nearby Tower Colliery doubtless.

 

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Right at the head of the valley the Rhondda River descends a number of rapids, especially the centre waterfall above a resistant band, before entering the reclaimed part of the valley.

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The upper Rhondda valley has been remodelled by man after his extractive activities have moved on.

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The poor soil of the reclaimed valley has so far prevented full regrowth of masking vegetation, but the far side of the valley gives a good idea of what a beautiful and wild place this used to be.

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The A4061 climbs out of Treorchy above the settlement of Cwmparc and provides a fine view of both the settlements and the morphology of the valleys.

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South Wales Hirwaun Treorchy Cwmpark Rhondda River valley waterfalls escarpment glacial settlement  mining  land reclamation

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