"Blaenavon Industrial Heritage Site" Blaenavon by ranger49
Blaenavon Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 24 photos
Blaenavon, a small Welsh town on the fringes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.
Its quiet, sparsely populated hillsides and villages were transformed by the discovery in the 18th century of iron and coal - perhaps even more quickly than Dubai was transformed by the discovery of oil two hundred years later!
Today with all heavy manufacturing industry gone ithe town is struggling to find a new identity. The refurbished and revitalised industrial sites are now tourist attractions; investment in the town itself is beginning to eradicate some of the signs of long-term unemployment.
The high street shops have a more prosperous look and several bookshops and cafes have opened there.
The mountain overlooks the town and wild ponies can be seen there most of the year. This mare and her foal were very popular with my horse- y little grandaughter!
The views from the top are splendid; Keeper's Pond the small lake on the plateau is a very popular place for walking around and sailing boats on - there are always lots of children with their new toys there on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In the summer it is a great place to pick wimberries and to take picnics.
Keeper's Pond atop the Blorenge is a great favourite with one of our American nieces not only because of its wild beauty but from the top it is possible to see so much of the land portrayed by one of her favourite authors - Alexander Cordell - in his novel Rape of the Fair Country.
Cordell was not Welsh but was born in Sri Lanka and came to convalesce in Wales after WW2. He settled in Abergavenny for many years and through his love of the countryside and his study of its industrial neighbours wove the history of the early industrial workers into his novels.
For a real underground experience visit Big Pit , a real coal mine and one of Britain's best mining museums. Big Pit... more travel advice
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