The Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare has been identified as one of the first six Valleys parks and heritage sites, after the Valleys Taskforce announced that the Discovery Gateways are to share a combined £7m of investment.
On Tuesday, November 27, Alun Davies AM, the Chair of the Ministerial Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys, announced that the Dare Valley Country Park would join Caerphilly Castle, Cwmcarn Forest, Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor Centre, Cyfarthfa Park and Bryngarw Country Park as the first sites to form the Valleys Regional Park, which will aim to exploit the area’s rich natural beauty and strong cultural heritage.
It is envisaged that the Valleys Regional Park will deliver exciting social, economic and environmental benefits in encouraging more tourism into the area and more active lifestyles for residents, by utilising the £7m of investment to create high-quality Active Travel routes across the wider Valleys area.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, RCT Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “I am delighted that the Dare Valley Country Park has been identified by the Valleys Taskforce as one of the six Discovery Gateways that will form a key part of the Valleys Regional Park.
“There is something on offer for everyone here at the Dare Valley Country Park - our network of countryside walks and trails offers beautiful scenery to those looking to explore the landscapes in the area, whilst the 'Y Cwtch' cafe provides a warm and friendly meeting place with lovely views to accompany a well-deserved hot drink!
“The Council recognises the potential that Aberdare and the upper Cynon Valley has in drawing tourism into our County Borough, with the popular Penderyn Distillery located a short distance away and the lovely Aberdare Park situated just a few minutes away from the town centre, and I’m sure that the decision of the Valleys Taskforce to identify the Dare Valley Country Park as a key Valleys location will provide a further long-term boost for the local area.”
Posted on Monday 3rd December 2018