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A site dedicated to Adelina Patti the famous opera soprano, who's castle and estate at Craig-y-Nos are popular  Swansea Valley attractions.   www.opera-singer.co.uk

Black Mountain Gallery,  is run by local artists. By recruiting guest artists and sculptors they offer a unique range of art. www.blackmountaingallery.com mark@blackmountaingallery.com

Call of the Wild,  organise and oversee a variety of activity holidays, training courses and conferences in the area. www.callofthewild.co.uk  info@callofthewild.co.uk 

Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary, cares for rescued chimpanzees, gibbons, baboons and wolves. Accommodation and   restaurant with vegetarian specialities. www.cefn-yr-erw.fsnet.co.uk desk@cefn-yr-erw.fsnet.co.uk

Birds of Prey of the Brecon Beacons, describes and illustrates the many birds of prey from Kingfishers to Red Kites which frequent the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Upper Swansea and Dulais Valleys. The mild winters and ample supply of fish and small mammals ensure their abundance and variety. go there

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, near Abercrave, offer the opportunity to travel back in time and see magnificent caverns, an iron age village and dinosaur park. The Cathedral Cave, Dan-yr-Ogof and Bone Caves can all be visited by the general public and there is an interesting geological museum. www.showcaves.co.uk  james@showcaves.co.uk

Maes-y-Gwernen Hotel, in Abercrave  has  a Wales Tourist Board 4 Star rating. All rooms have en-suite bathroom and satellite television. It is set in private grounds and has a sauna, spa, gym, and noted restaurant. It is also open to non residents and has ample off road parking.  www.maes-y-gwernen.co.uk gwernen@btconnect.com

Leaps and Bounds arrange outdoor activity programs and specialise in team-building and leadership skill training. They also organise and supervise canyoning, hill walking and running activities. Equipment and safety training is provided along with expert tuition and guidance. Bachelor and Hen parties are catered for as  well as corporate clients.  info@leaps-and-bounds.org.uk  www.leaps-and-bounds.org.uk

The Abercrave Inn is a popular venue for both eating and accommodation. It is situated in the village of Abercrave and the restaurant  is open for dinner and lunch every day. Table reservations are recommended especially for Sunday lunch,  weekends and public holidays. www.abercraveinn.co.uk   abercraveinn@netscapeonline.co.uk

Pen-Pentre Guest House,  in Ystradgynlais, assures visitors of a warm welcome. A large well kept bungalow with nice gardens, Pen Pentre offers a choice of rooms including en-suite facilities. Wales Tourist Board verified 3 Star rating and off road parking make it a good place to stay. www.b-n-b-in-wales.co.uk     ieumar@puntan.freeserve.co.uk

The BMW Enduro Park at Seven Sisters in the Dulais Valley offers  four hundred acres of challenging off road motor cycling. BMW run two day courses throughout the year and offer riders the chance to try out their off road machines and to learn and practice advanced off-road skills.   BMW-Enduropark

At the Crynant Shooting Ground in the lovely Dulais Valley in South Wales, Eurotrap offer sporting, olympic skeet, DTL, ABT, trench and eurotrap shooting. The web site gives details of times and events.  www.eurotrap.co.uk  chris@eurotrap.co.uk

Walks in Wales has detailed descriptions of local walks, supplemented by maps on which the routes are clearly marked. Hill walking and visits to local beauty spots are included along with links which give additional  relevant information.  www.walks-in-wales.co.uk   

Craig-yNos Castle, the former estate of Adelina Patti the famous opera diva, has now been tastefully restored as a hotel and conference centre. It  hosts weddings, conferences and meetings for up to 200 persons. Everything for the discerning guest is available on site, including banqueting and entertainment facilities as well as a varied choice of accommodation which includes a lovely bridal suite.  www.craigynoscastle.com

Palleg Golf Club is a nine hole heathland course which is a delight to play. Plenty of  nice features and lovely views of the Upper Swansea Valley make it well worth a visit. The club was founded in 1937 and its name "Palleg" is welsh for "Wild Boar". Visitors and guests are very welcome and details are available on the following link page.... Palleg-Golf-Club 

Craig-y-Nos Country Park is managed by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. It comprises much of the former estate of Craig-y-Nos Castle the former home of  Adelina Patti the famous opera singer. It is said to contain every type of tree indigenous to the British Isles and its gardens, lakes and river walks are enhanced by stunning views of the castle.    http://www.breconbeacons.org/english/visitor-cyn01.html

Tina Melford-Colegate is a local artist living in Ystradgynlais who paints both Landscapes and Portraits in her preferred medium of oils. From November 2nd 2002 she has her own exhibition at the Grand Theatre Gallery in Swansea where the full range of her work will be on show for three weeks. Many of her landscapes are local scenes in the Upper Swansea Valley. www.tcpaintings.com    tcpaintings@aol.com

Top Gun Ltd is an outdoor activities centre in the Dulais Valley specialising in paintballing and clay pigeon shooting.  games. All the necessary equipment is supplied including guns, camouflage overalls and safety visors. The marshalls are qualified in first aid to ensure safety.   www.topgun-paintball.co.uk   desk@topgun-paintball.co.uk

The Shire Horse Centre, is located within the National Showcaves Centre complex and enables visitors to meet these gentle giants. Children love to meet Twm our talking sheepdog. The centre also offers pony trekking which is an ideal way to explore the lovely surroundings.  www.showcaves.co.uk/     sarap@dyocaves.fslife.co.uk

The National Showcaves for Wales is a landmark tourism attraction with three separate caves to explore. The Cathedral Cave is cavernous and hosts wedding ceremonies. Dan-yr-Ogof Cave has magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, whilst the Bone Cave contains the skeletons of Roman legionaries. There is also a dinosaur park and an iron age village.  www.showcaves.co.uk   info@showcaves.co.uk

Heronstone Holiday Retreat is located in a rural setting, on a non working farm near Ystradgynlais in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons NationalPark. Heronstone is the ideal location for a "get away from it all" break in Wales, as well as for an interesting range of country activities. www.heronstone.co.uk   stevewatkins@harlech.sagehost.co.uk

The Glantawe Lions Club is a member of Lions Clubs International and welcomes both members and interested visitors. It organises two meetings every month at which guests are wecome. www.glantawelions.org.uk

The Dulais Valley Partnership present information on education, training, tourism, history, business and the environment in the Dulais Valley.  An illustrated site which is a focus for local people and anyone seeking detailed information on the Dulais Valley area.  www.dulaisvalley.org

Abercrave County Primary School has three classes and teaches children between the ages of 5 and 11 years. The school is adjacent to Abercraf playing fields and encourages participation in sports such as rugby, soccer, hockey and swimming. See the pupil's contributions to the web site.  www.abercraf.powys.sch.uk

South Wales Sepia is the web-site of Julie Barnett LBIPP, Licenciate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. With over 20 years experience in photography Julie shows us some of her favourite monochrome pictures of local life and is available for commissions.  www.southwalessepia.20m.com  design.photography@virgin.net

Bwthyn-y-Saer and Hafod-y-Wennol are well appointed holiday cottages on opposite sides of a farm courtyard beside the upper reaches of the picturesque river Clydach in the Swansea Valley.  The area is good for bird watching and walking.  Both cottages offer quality facilities and are Wales Tourist Board verified. www.walescottages.com   enquiries@walescottages.com 

The Geology of the Abercrave Area, offers a fascinating insight into how half a billion years of evolution has created this geologically diverse region, which gave local  names to the Cambrian and Silurian eras. LLech Bridge near Abercrave is designated one of the World's top ten most important geological sites. Learn about Wale's dramatic geological past.  www.wales-hotel.co.uk/geology

The Sleeping Giant is a well known landmark in the Swansea Valley, overlooking Abercrave. The hillside known as The Cribbarth, when viewed from the A 4067 road just South of Abercrave, has the form of a sleeping giant. Legend says he will awaken and come to the aid of the people when they are in need. www.sleeping-giant.info

Cor-y-Gyrlais (The Gyrlais Choir) are based in Ystradgynlais and follow the long tradition of welsh male voice choral singing. Their musical director Meirwyn Thomas has lead them for over thirty years, during which time they have won National Eisteddfod honours. Visitors are welcome on  practice evenings.  www.ystalyfera.org/gyrlais.html

The Opera School Wales at the Adelina Patti Theatre in Craig-y-Nos Castle put on  operatic performances throughout the year. The small theatre was built by the Castle's former owner, the famous opera singer Adela Juana Maria Patti to entertain her guests.  Enthusiastic audiences still enjoy the unique character and atmosphere of this monument to one of opera's greatest divas.   www.operaschool.pattitheatre.com

The Pontardawe Film Club  shows films chosen by members but also welcomes non members to its programs in the modern cinema facilities provided by Pontardawe Arts Centre. As members of the British federation of Film Societies their  web site provides links to other clubs, film reviews and programming details. www.pontardawefilm.co.uk  dmrea@pontardawefilm.co.uk

The Gough Arms in Ystradgynlais is located beside the river Tawe and offers food and accommodation. The pub was originally built by the Gough family who owned the local mines and the attached cottage was where the miners came to receive their pay. www.gougharms.co.uk   enquiries@gougharms.co.uk

Powys History Project's Upper Swansea Valley,  provides an interesting record of the valley, both past and present. Adelina Patti and Craig-y-Nos Castle, the Gough Family, the iron and steel industry and the internationally appreciated Ystradgynlais Male Voice Choir are all featured in detail.  http://history.powys.org.uk/history/ystrad/swanmenu.html

Peter Hain MP has been the member of parliament for the local Neath constituency since 1991. On October 23rd 2002 he was promoted to the cabinet and became Secretary of State for Wales, whilst retaining his European responsibilities. As a member of the Privy Council, Peter Hain carries a strong voice for the area to the heart of government in London and Europe.   www.peterhain.org    neathoffice@peterhain.org

Ystalyfera Development Trust works with the WDA, NPTCBC, New Learning Network and DTA Wales to address the needs of the local community. It facilitates community capacity building programs and is a venue for discussion of local issues. Forums are held for volunteers, adult learners and businesses.  www.ystalyfera.org   trust@ystalyfera.org  

Ystalyfera Junior Rugby Club  The three local primary schools, and three comprehensive schools,  provide the young rugby players who make up the Ystalyfera under 12s and under 13s. The site introduces the players along with club news and results.  www.ystalyferarfc.co.uk                                                                                                                                           

Ystradgynlais Public Band was formed between 1875 and 1890 and still flourishes, with a busy schedule of performances. The band  recently beat other South Wales brass bands to win first prize at Merthyr Tydfil. Visitors are welcome at practices on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  www.geocities.com/ystradband  ystradband@yahoo.com

Ystradgynlais Rugby Football Club presently play in the second division of the National League and have a long history of competition at the highest club level  in both cup and league rugby. Visitors are welcome at all games and can also enjoy the facilities of the club house.  www.ystradgynlais-rfc.co.uk

Nigel's Walks

Nigel Phillips leads a series of popular walks in the Upper Swansea Valley. Visitors to the area are welcome to join the party and details of the walks and where to meet are given on this site. .Nigels Walks

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