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Enjoy your next adventure in RCT

 

Posted: 18/08/2020

Enjoy your next adventure in RCT

The dramatic South Wales Valleys are the perfect backdrop for an outdoor adventure. Bike or hike the epic landscapes in Rhondda Cynon Taf, reconnect with the best food, drink and company. 

If walking is your thing you could stay for weeks and never get bored.  Try the epic Pontypridd Circular – 12 miles of stunning countryside that includes panoramic views across the Valleys. Its highlights include Pontypridd Common and its famous Rocking stones. Sunrise - pontypridd - Rocking Stones - Pontypridd Common-20-7

The Rhondda Rollercoaster is nearly 30 miles long and takes you up, over, behind and around some of the most exciting scenery in Wales. 

You can also hike to the summits of mountains, including Rhigos and Penrhys and explore ancient woodlands and areas of legends including Llanwonno and Coed Ely.

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Barry Sidings Countryside Park near Pontypridd, boasts bike trails which have been known to attract world champion riders.  The café offers some amazing burgers and milk-shakes to keep you going. 

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Riders will also love Dare Valley Countryside Park in Aberdare, which will be opening new bike trails and accommodation later this year, making it which will make it a one stop shop for weekend adventurers!  Follow @visitrct on social media to keep up to date with these exciting developments!

Rhondda Cynon Taf sits neatly between the Welsh Counties of Merthyr Tydfil and Neath Port Talbot.  Merthyr’s Bike Park Wales and Afan Forest Park in Neath Port Talbot offer lots more bike trails for the experienced mountain biker so why not base yourself in Rhondda Cynon Taf and travel around?

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Taff Valley Activity Centre has onsite quads, an assault course, archery and more. They can create bespoke packages for you, depending upon what your group wants to do. 

They can also take you further afield to enjoy coastal paddle boarding or rock climbing.

 

 

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We have accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes from  self-catering options where you can all get together and relax in amazing surroundings to B&Bs if you’d like a big Welsh breakfast before heading out for the day.   For something truly unique you could stay in Hetty the horsebox at Birds Farm in Hirwaun.  You can also try 266 Heart of the Valleys Cottage in Aberdare.  lf you prefer to be smothered in luxury, Lanelay Hall Hotel near Llantrisant offers sumptuous rooms and food.

 

After a busy day of adventure, Rhondda Cynon Taf has some great places for you to enjoy the evening – whether that’s a nice meal from any corner of the globe you fancy – lively pubs or venues with live entertainment.* 

Options for a great meal include:

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Alfred’s Bar & Grill, Pontypridd

 

Alfred’s Bar and Grill in Pontypridd is a brasserie style restaurant with an emphasis on quality ingredients, with an ambiance akin to a New York brasserie.

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The Bunch of Grapes Bar & Grill, Pontypridd

Unpretentious, welcoming and relaxed, The Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd serves Gastropub food driven by seasonality, freshness, provenance and sustainability.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

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The Red Lion Inn, Penderyn

The Red Lion Inn is a family run 12th Century drovers inn, perched high on a hill with beautiful views of Penderyn and the Brecon Beacons National Park.  The Red Lion has traditional flagstone floors, log fires, traditional ales and fabulous food using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.  Treat yourself! 

*Rhondda Cynon Taf’s businesses are still continuing to recover and re-open following the Covid-19-related lockdown so restrictions will be in place. Many venues offer pre-bookings for tables only and offer limited space to enable social distancing.