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FAMILY WALKS AROUND CARDIFF AND THE VALLEYS by Gordon Hindess

(Scarthin Books, 1992 – ISBN 0 907758541)

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16 shorter walks from 3 to 6 miles. Quite clear instructions with hand-drawn diagrams, some photographs and local information. Walks in the Glamorgan include:

Cosmeston, Lavernock, Llantwit Major, Ogmore, Merthyr Mawr, Cowbridge, Llansannor, Craig Penllyn, Forest Farm, Machen, Draethen, Rudry, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Llantrisant, Pont Rhyd-y-Cyff, Llwynypia Mountain, Llanwonno, Quakers Yard, Parc Cwm Darran, Dare Valley, Pontneddfechan, Penderyn.

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WALKING IN THE SOUTH WALES VALLEYS by Mike Dunn

(Published by Cicerone in July 2012 - ISBN 9781852846640)

32 day walks and 2 week-end back-packing routes in the valleys of South Wales. Descriptions are backed by OS map extracts.

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FAMILY WALKS AROUND SWANSEA by Raymond Humphreys

(Scarthin Books, 1993 – ISBN 0 907758 622)

16 shorter walks around Swansea including:

Kidwelly, Pembrey, Mumbles, Trapp, Bethlehem, Kenfig, Pont-rhyd-y-fen, Margam, Resolven, Cefn Cribbwr, Cynonville, Coelbren, Southerndown, Brynmenyn, Blaen Llia, Llandyfodwg

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COASTAL & VALLEY WALKS IN SOUTH WALES by Andrew Johnson

(Logaston Press - ISBN: 1-873827-01-6)

Short walks in South Wales with useful instructions, hand-drawn diagrams and some local information. Walks in Glamorgan include:

St. Donats, Monknash, Merthyr Mawr, Ogmore, Llantrithyd, Llancarfan, Llanharan, Margam, Afan Argoed, Pontycymer, Ynyshir, Castellau, Caerphilly, Bedwas, Darran Valley, Cefn Gelligaer, Cwmdare, Glyncorrwg, Resolven.

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CAPITAL WALKS & MORE CAPITAL WALKS  produced by the Cardiff Ramblers where you will find the walks reproduced on their web site.

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OUT AND ABOUT - WALKING GUIDES TO BRITAIN - No.9 SOUTH WALES

(Marshal Cavendish Books - ISBN 0319 005801)

An excellent publication with clear OS maps and glossy photographs but too large for a ruck-sack. 43 walks covering the old counties of Dyfed, Glamorgan and Gwent. Those in Glamorgan include:

Guto's Grave, Gwynno Forest, Taffs Well, Merthyr Mawr, Cwmdare, Llantwit Major, Castell Coch, Nash Point, Marcross, St Donats, Penarth, Cosmeston, Rhossili, Aberdulais, Port Eynon, Margam. 

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VALEWAYS MILLENNIUM HERITAGE TRAIL

(Valeways, Unit 7 BCEC, Skomer Road, Barry, CF62 9DA - e-mail valeways@btclick.com)

Pack describing the 100 kilometre walking trail through the Vale of Glamorgan developed by Valeways. There is a booklet with photographs and historical background on the local features along with a series of leaflets describing the route which is split into 16 sections:

St Fagans - Peterston-super-Ely - Dyffryn - Porthkerry - Rhoose - Llanbethery - Old Beaupre - Sigingstone - Boverton - St Donats - Monknash - St Brides Major - Colwinston - Penllyn - Ystradowen - Hensol - Peterston-super-Ely - 

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WALK SOUTH WALES AND THE WYE VALLEY by David Perrott and Laurence Main

(Bartholomew - ISBN 0 7028 0904 7)

A5 size on a spiral binder. 40 walks spread over the Glamorgans, Gwent, Dyfed and Powys. Glamorgan walks include:

Rhossili, Port Eynon, Afan Argoed.

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BRECON BEACONS AND GLAMORGAN WALKS

(Ordnance Survey and Jarrold Publishing - ISBN 0 319 00372 8)

28 walks in an A5 size book covering Southern Powys and the Glamorgans but most walks are in the Brecon Beacons. Walks are marked on OS maps (PATHFINDER 1:25000). Walks in Glamorgan:

Caerphilly, Cowbridge, St Hilary, Llantwit Major, Ogmore, Aberdare,

SHORT WALKS FROM SOUTH WALES PUBS by Paul Traynor

(Countryside Books - ISBN 1 85306 368 41)

Very short walks (between 2 and 4 miles) from the Gower to Trellech. The walk diagrams are hand-drawn but there are some photographs and pub descriptions which detail the beers on offer. Glamorgan walks include:

Llanmadoc, Oxwich, Bishopston, Pen-y-Cae, Llangeinor, St Brides's Major, Llantwit Major, Llanharan, St George's, Llanfabon, Llanwonno, Caerphilly Mountain.

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CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN by Dorothy Hamilton

(Gwasg Carreg Gwalch - ISBN: 0-86381-603-7)

18 shorter walks, up to 7 miles long, in the Vale of Glamorgan with snippets of local information on the route. Walks cover:

Penarth, Cosmeston, Sully, Barry, Rhoose, St Nicholas, Dyffryn, Llancarfan, Cowbridge, Llansannor, Llan-maes, Llanmihangel, Llantwit Major, Col-huw, Nash Point, St Donats, Marcross, Monknash, Dunraven Bay, Wick, St Brides, Ogmore, Ewenny, Southerndown, Merthyr Mawr, Newton, Porthcawl, Sker, Nottage

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WALKING THE ROCKS by Stephen Howe, Geraint Owen and Tom Sharpe

(Geologists Association - South Wales Group - ISBN: 0-903222-01-9)

Six walks discovering scenery and geology along the Glamorgan coast. Route descriptions and maps along with photographs and geological notes. Two walks on Gower, Rhossili and Caswell and 4 in the Vale, Ogmore, Nash Point, Barry Island, Penarth. If you have difficulty getting this book contact Tom Sharpe, Department of Geology, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, CF10 3NP.

Available October 2004 in the bookshop in Cowbridge.

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AROUND CARDIFF. Jarrold Short Leisure Walks compiled by Terry Marsh

(Jarrold in association with OS - ISBN - 0-7117-3005-9)

Shorter walks from 2 to 5 miles around Cardiff including some in what was Gwent.

Dunraven Bay, Llantwit Coast, Castell Coch and Forest Fawr, The Heritage Coast, Porthkerry Park, Cosmeston, Llantwit Major, Merthyr Mawr, Margam, Cwm Carn and Twmbarlwm, Mynydd Maen, Dare Valley, Cardiff, Sirhowy Valley, Afan Country Park, Craig y Llyn, Ogmore, Nash Point and St Donats, Parc Cwm Darran, Craig yr Allt.

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DISCOVER CARDIFF: FIVE HISTORICAL WALKS AROUND THE CITY by Liz Unwin

(Cardiff Marketing - ISBN 0952509202)

5 walks around Cardiff from 1.5 to 5.5 miles. The City Centre, The Civic Centre, Cardiff Castle to Llandaff Cathedral, Radyr to Castell Coch, Butetown and the Docks.

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CARDIFF, SWANSEA AND GOWER WALKS

(Jarrold, Pathfinder Walking Guides - ISBN: 0711724172)

Most walks in this 2003 publication are in Glamorgan. The usual clear instructions, OS maps along with local information that make this series so popular although many of the walks are already featured on this site.

Kenfig, Porthkerry, Melin Court, Dunraven Bay, Cardiff, Margam, Mumbles, Cosmeston, Clyne, Rhossili, Bishopston, Afan Valley, Hensol, Llantrisant, Dare Aman, Llwynypia, Bryngarw, Llanmadoc, Parc Cwm Darran, Port Eynon, Bridgend, Cowbridge, Taff Gorge, Cefn Bryn. Also, Twmbarlwm, Brecon Canal, Caerleon, Sirhowy Valley.

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ASHLEY'S WALKS AROUND SWANSEA & GOWER by John Ashley

(TheBAY Magazine - ISBN 978 0957110403)

12 walks from a short stroll to longer walks including Rhossili, Mumbles and the north Gower marshes.

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WESTERN VALLEY WALKS AND MORE by Ralph Collins

(Old Bakehouse Publications - ISBN 978 1 905967 27 8)

Walks in the Western Valley. NOTE - not as most reviewers state 'the Western Valleys'. The Western Valley, an infrequently used term, refers to the west of Newport/Cwmbran and covers walks in areas like the Nant Gwyddon valley, Twmbarlwm, Mynydd Machen and Nant Carn valley. Route descriptions, maps, plenty of photographs and background information which often takes you off the beaten tracks. One of very few books to focus on walks in the South Wales valleys.

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AROUND OLD DINAS POWYS - A short history, a village trail and five local walks by George Thomas

(Dinas Powys Civic Trust - 1993)

Very much as the title suggests with walks covering:

Dinas Powys, Michaelston-le-Pit, Cwrtyrala, Cwm George, St Andrews Major.

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COAST AND GOWER CIRCULAR WALKS by Paul Williams

(Gwasg Carreg Gwalch - ISBN: 0-86381-607-X)

14 circular walks of which 7 are in Carmarthenshire just West of Glamorgan and 7 are on the Gower which include:

Llanmadoc, Rhossili, Port Eynon, Cefn Bryn, Parkmill, Pennard Castle, Caswell Bay.

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FISHLOCK'S WILD TRACKS by Trevor Fishlock

(Seren - ISBN: 1-85411-225-2)

12 walks from around Wales based on the TV series. Walks include:

Gower, Taff Trail

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MORE FISHLOCK WILD TRACKS by Trevor Fishlock

(Seren - ISBN: 1-85411-292-9)

More walks from around Wales based on the TV series. Walks include:

Vale of Glamorgan, Pontycymmer

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WILDLIFE WALKS

(Wildlife Trusts - ISBN: 0-9541363-1-4)

Walks at over 500 of the UK's top nature reserves. There are notes on the reserves along with diagrams showing walking routes for many of them. Reserves in Glamorgan covered are:

Aberthaw lagoon, Parc Slip and in Gwent are Croes Robert Wood, Pentwyn Farm, Silent Valley, Magor Marsh, Dan-y-Graig.

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CARDIFF'S WILDLIFE

(Cardiff Naturalists' Society - ISBN: 0-9503565-1-4)

6 short walks around Cardiff with the focus on the surrounding wildlife

Glamorgan Canal, Howardian Nature Reserve, Llandaff, River Taff and Bute Park, Roath Park, The Wenallt

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WILDLIFE AROUND CARDIFF

(Cardiff Naturalists' Society - ISBN: 0-9503565-2-2)

Follows on from previous book with 6 further walks

Coed-y-Felin (Lisvane), Cosmeston, Cwm Nofydd (Rhiwbina), Forest Farm, Penarth to Lavernock, Peterstone Wentlooge

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NATURE WALKS IN GLAMORGAN

(The Glamorgan Naturalists Trust - undated and no ISBN)

A slim publication of around 20 pages describing three nature walks around Pontypridd, Blaenrhondda and Merthyr Tydfil.

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BEST WALKS IN SOUTHERN WALES by Richard Sale

(Constable and Co. Ltd - ISBN: 0-09-469110-X)

36 walks in South Wales covering Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley and Mid-Wales. Walks in Glamorgan include:

Rhossili 

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GOWER WALKS by Ruth Ridge

(The Gower Society - ISBN: 0-902767-12-7)

13 walks on the Gower Peninsula including:

Rhossili, Middleton, Millwood, Eynon's Ford, Berry Wood, Kittle, Ilston, Reynoldston, Knelston, Frogmoor, Cefn Bryn, Parkmill, Oxwich, Penrice, Cefn Bryn, Pwlldu, Brandy Cove, Horton, Slade, Penmaen, Notthill, Parkmill, Penrice, Millwood.

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PEMBROKESHIRE AND GOWER WALKS 

(Ordnance Survey, Jarrold Publishing - ISBN: 0-319-00334-5)

One of the many popular OS Pathfinder Guides. Glamorgan walks include:

Port Eynon, Oxwich, Pwlldu Bay, Bishopston, Mewslade Bay, Rhossilli, Penrice, Cefn Bryn

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CIRCULAR SOUTH WALES WALKS 

(The Moor Dale and Mountain Press - ISBN: 1-8991183-48-5)

29 walks around South Wales with brief description and outline of route. Mainly Brecon Beacons but including 5 walks on Gower:

Rhossili, Pittin, Port Eynon, Overton, Oxwich, Parkmill, Southgate, Pwlldu.

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WALKING ON GOWER by Andrew Davies

(Cicerone published July 2012 - ISBN 9781852846664)

30 circular walks on the peninsular with distances from 4k to 22k. Descriptions are backed by OS map extracts.

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WALKING AROUND GOWER

(West Glamorgan Ramblers - ISBN: 0-9518780-1-8)

10 rambles around Gower produced by the local Ramblers group. Good route maps. 

Oystermouth, Caswell, Penmaen, Oxwich, Pilton Gree, Rhossili, Llangennith, Tankeylake Moor, Cheriton, Landimore, Llanrhidian, Llanmorlais, Three Crosses.

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WALKING AROUND NORTHERN GOWER AND THE SWANSEA VALLEY

(West Glamorgan Ramblers - ISBN: 0-9518781-1-5)

25 routes from 5 to 13 miles long.

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GOWER COASTAL WALKS by Dr Gordon Avery

(DW Jones Ltd. - ISBN: 0-9532038-6-7)

A glossy but compact booklet describing 16 short circular walks on the Gower coast

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4 WALKS IN GOWER

(Glamorgan Naturalists' Trust - no ISBN number)

Short walks with the focus on Nature. Walks include:

The Mumbles, Penmaen, Pennard Valley, Llangennith, Overton.

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BEST TEA SHOP WALKS in SOUTH AND WEST WALES by Dorothy Hamilton

(Sigma - ISBN: 1-85058-764-7)

Walks up to 9 miles but with a Tea Shop en route. Walks in Glamorgan include:

Llantwit Major, Southgate, Parkmill, Oxwich, Rhossili, Port Eynon, Llangennith.

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50 WALKS IN THE BRECON BEACONS AND SOUTH WALES

(AA publications - ISBN: 0-7495-3622-5)

Although often referred to as 50 walks in the Brecon Beacons, it does include a handful of walks on Gower. Clear instructions with maps and background information.

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AA 100 WALKS IN WALES AND THE MARCHES

(AA publications - ISBN: 0-7495-4061-3)

Walks from all over Wales with five in Glamorgan retailing for around £5. Walks include:

Dunraven, Castell Coch, Rhossili, Oxwich and a linear walk, Rhossili to Port Eynon

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WELSH WALKS AND LEGENDS by Showell Styles

(Granada Publishing Ltd. - ISBN 0-583-12977-3)

Combines short walks (without route maps) throughout Wales with information on local legends. Glamorgan walks include:

Rhosilli, Pennard, Gorslas, Carmel, Llantrisant

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HOLIDAY WHICH? TOWN AND COUNTRY WALKS GUIDE edited by Tim Locke

(Consumers Association Ltd. - ISBN: 0-340-51440-X)

180 circular walks, 2 to 12 miles long covering the whole of Britain. The two in Glamorgan are:

Rhossili Down and Mewslade Bay, Brandy Cove

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WALKING WALES

(Wales Tourist Board)

Tourism booklet with no specific routes but an overview of walking in Wales plus several references to other publications.

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WALKS IN ANCIENT WALES by Robert Harris

(Sigma Leisure - ISBN: 1-850-587973)

Walks throughout Wales that take in ancient features such as Tinkinswoode in Glamorgan.

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THE SHELL BOOK OF BRITISH WALKS ed. John Whatmore

(David and Charles - ISBN: 0-7153-8810-X)

Walks all over Britain but without route maps including one at Oxwich

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WALKS THROUGH BRITAIN'S HISTORY - AA

(AA Publishing - ISBN: 07495 3153 3)

100 walks throughout Wales, England and Scotland with clear maps and useful local historical information. The pack comes as a substantial hardback version and a small paperback version which would fit into a ruck-sack. It features one walk in Glamorgan, a six mile stretch of the Taff Trail from Treforest to Taffs Well.

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COASTAL WALKS IN ENGLAND AND WALES by Christopher Somerville

(Grafton Books - ISBN: 0-246-13029-6)

Walks on the coastline all around England and Wales including in Glamorgan:

Penarth to Sully Island, Col-huw Beach to Tresilian and Llantwit Major, Oxwich to Port Eynon, Rhosili to Worms Head. 

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FOOTPATHS OF BRITAIN, WALES.

(Parragon - ISBN: 1-40540-508-2)

30 walks from around Wales with route map, description and photos, including in Glamorgan:

Three Cliffs from Penmaen, Burry Holms from Rhossili, Mewslade Bay from Rhossili, Hepste Waterfalls.

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RAILWAY WALKS, WALES by Jeff Vinter

(ISBN - 0-7509-0141-1)

Walks on and around the sites of some of the old railways of Wales including historical information about the railways. Areas in Glamorgan include:

Swansea Bike Path network, Afan Valley, Nantymoel to Blackmill, Kenfig Hill Community Route, Taff Trail.

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WALKS IN WALES by Roger Jones

(Robert Hale Ltd. - ISBN: 0-7091-7470-5)

77 walks of varying distances covering all of Wales and including in Glamorgan:

Gilfach Goch, Devils Pulpit, Beaupre Castle, Swansea, Jersey Marine, 15 walks on the Gower.

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TOWN WALKS

(Automobile Association - ISBN: 0-86145-195-3)

58 walks around the major towns and cities of Great Britain. Includes Cardiff in the Glamorgan area:

Other Welsh towns covered include Aberystwyth, Caernarfon, Conwy, Monmouth, Tenby.

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THE CELTIC WAY: A LONG-DISTANCE PATH THROUGH WESTERN BRITAIN by Val Saunders Evans

(Sigma - ISBN: 1850586187)

At 722 miles, this is one of the longest routes in Britain. It passes through Glamorgan on its way from Pembrokeshire through to the West Country.

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A WELSH COAST TO COAST WALK (SNOWDONIA TO GOWER) by John Gillham

(Cicerone - ISBN: 1852842180)

A long-distance route down the Western side of Wales ending in Gower.

Not available October 2004 on Amazon but copies in Gift Shop, Welsh Folk Museum, St Fagans.

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FOOTSTEPS - AN ANTHOLOGY OF WALKING IN WALES by Dewi Roberts

(Gwasg Carreg Gwalch - ISBN: 0-863-817742)

An anthology down the years of people talking or writing about walking in Wales.

 

Videos showing Local Walks

The main videos on the theme of walking in Wales are in the Trevor Fishlock Wild Tracks series. Some are available in local bookshops or videoshops but you can also contact Fideo Sain at Canolfan Sain, Llandwrog, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 5TG or ring 01286 831 111 or website Sain. They include:

FISHLOCK'S WILD TRACKS - The Vale of Glamorgan

25 minutes running time, the walk route starts at Stalling Down, near Cowbridge, via Llanblethian, Landough, Llanmihangel and Llantwit Major to the sea Nash Point.

ASIN: B00004D075

Other parts of Wales are covered in the following titles from the same series:

WALKS IN NORTH WALES 

ON THE LLEYN PENINSULA

WALKS IN MID WALES

DOWN THE SIRHOWY RIVER

WEST FROM TENBY

COASTAL WALKS

ACROSS THE VALE OF CLWYD

DOWN THE FYRNWY
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DISCOVERING THE TAFF TRAIL

This video by Springfield Productions is a useful introduction to anyone interested in the Taff Trail. It is not a practical guide on walking the trail but gives a mass of information on the scenery walkers and cyclists will pass through as well as local buildings and historical features. It starts at Cardiff Bay, heads North through the Valleys and then passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Narrow Gauge rail enthusiasts will enjoy the extensive footage on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Available from many Tourist Information Centres or contact Springfield Productions at 90 Gwelfor, Killay, Swansea, SA2 7QJ.

 

Books including Local Information

CELTIC LEGENDS OF GLAMORGAN by Anthony Rees

(Llanerch Publishers - ISBN: 1-86143-021-3

Folklore and legends of Glamorgan including Arthur, Merlin, Rhydderch and the Fairy Folk, The Lady of the Lake, Elidorus in Annwn (the Celtic Otherworld) etc.

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GHOSTS AND LEGENDS OF WALES by J.A. Brooks

(Jarrold - ISBN: 0-7117-0293-4)

Ghosts throughout Wales with specific chapters on Cardiff, South and Mid-Glamorgan, West Glamorgan.

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WALES CASTLES AND HISTORIC PLACES

(Wales Tourism Board and CADW - ISBN: 1-85013-030-2)

Colourful book packed with illustrations and photos and descriptions of most of the main castles and historic buildings. For the Glamorgan area it includes:

Beaupre, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Castell Coch, Coity, Cold Knap Roman building, Cosmeston, Cyfarthfa, Ewenny Priory, Llancaiach Fawr, Llandaff Cathedral, Loughor, Margam Abbey, Neath Abbey, Newcastle, Ogmore, Oxwich, Oystermouth, Parc le Breos, Pennard, St Fagans, St Lythans, Swansea, Tinkinswood, Weobley.

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THE GLAMORGAN VILLAGE BOOK

(Countryside Books and GFWI - ISBN: 1-85306-254-5)

Information about many of the villages in Glamorgan collected by the Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes.

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GLAMORGAN, THE GREATER HOUSES. INVENTORY OF ANCIENT MONUMENTS IN GLAMORGAN,

VOL. 14, Part 1 - THE GREATER HOUSES.

(ISBN: 011-700754-4)

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THE BUILDINGS OF WALES - GLAMORGAN by John Newman

(Penguin Books/University of Wales Press - ISBN: 0-14-0710.56-6)

In the famous Nikolaus Pevsner series, this covers ancient, mediaeval and more recent buildings throughout Glamorgan

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GUIDE TO THE HISTORIC PARKS AND GARDENS OF WALES

(The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust)

Booklet with illustrations covering the main historic parks and gardens. In Glamorgan these include:

Singleton Park, Clyne Gardens, Sketty Hall, Victoria Gardens Neath, Gnoll Estate, Margam Park, Craig-y-Parc, Fonmon Castle, Dyffryn Gardens, St Fagans, Insole Court, The Bishops Palace, Roath Park.

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, A Century of Executions by Peter J R Goodall

(GOMER, ISBN:  1 84323 022 4)

A history of executions at Swansea Prison

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A GUIDE TO THE NATURE RESERVES OF WALES AND THE WEST MIDLANDS

(Macmillan - ISBN: 0-333-51492-0)

Listing of all the nature reserves in Glamorgan with details on each

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THE MAKING OF WALES by John Davies

(CADW and Sutton Publishing Ltd. - ISBN: 0-7509-2176-5)

Covers the history of Wales but with many good photographs and featuring most of the important sites and buildings in Glamorgan.

 

LLYNFI, GARW AND OGMORE VALLEYS by Richard G. Keen

(Stewart Williams, Barry, 1981 - ISBN: 0 090087 49 0)

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Around Aberdare

ABERDARE AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION by R. Ivor Parry

From Stewart Williams' Glamorgan Historian, pages 194-204 (D. Brown and Sons, Cowbridge)

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Around Abercynon and Mountain Ash

MOUNTAIN ASH, PENRHIWCEIBER and ABERCYNON by Bernard Baldwin and Harry Rogers

The Archive Photograph series (Alan Sutton Ltd. - ISBN 0 7524 0114 9)

THE PENYDARREN LOCOMOTIVE by Stuart Owen Jones

Text and photographs about Trevithick and the Penydarren locomotive (National Museum of Wales - ISBN 0 7200 0239 7)

CYNON COAL, History of a Mining Valley

As well as describing the history of the Cynon Valley primarily in the 19th and early 20th Centuries the book provides useful information on the processes of coal mining along with an extensive range of photographs

Cynon Valley History Society (ISBN 0 95310 760 4)

GLAMORGAN HISTORIAN vol. 3. (D. Brown and Sons, 1966)

Two chapters are relevant to this area:

'The Penydarren Ironworks, 1784-1859 by Margaret Stewart Taylor

Glamorgan Communications by Thomas Bevan

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Around Caerau and Ely

ELY VOICES by Nigel Billingham and Stephen K. Jones

Memories of people who lived in the Caerau and Ely districts of Cardiff in the Tempus Oral History series with many old photographs.

(Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0 7524 2600 1)

THE WELSH GRAND NATIONAL by Brian Lee

History of the Welsh Grand National with several photos. The race was held at Ely Racecourse from 1895 to 1939.

(Tempus Publishing ISBN 0 7524 2728 8)

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Around Gower

A GUIDE TO GOWER ed. Don Strawbridge and Peter J Thomas

(Gower Society - ISBN: 0-902767-23-2)

Buildings, nature, geology, history - all you need to know about Gower produced by the Gower Society with some good photographs.

GOWER, The Journal of the Gower Society

(Gower Society - ISBN: 0 902767 36 4)

2005 sees volume 56 in this series with all sorts of articles about Gower, particularly historical material.

PREHISTORIC SITES OF THE GOWER AND WEST GLAMORGAN by Wendy Hughes

(Logaston Press - ISBN: 1-873827-75-X)

Information and photos of all the prehistoric sites on the Gower Peninsula and Glamorgan west of the River Neath.

A PICTORIAL JOURNEY THROUGH EDWARDIAN GOWER by David Gwynn and Peter Muxworthy

(Gomer - ISBN: 0 86383 422 1)

Paintings and photographs of Gower late 19th early 20th Century

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Around Margam

MARGAM CASTLE by John Vivian Hughes

History of the current 'castle' built late 1820s and 1830s.

(West Glamorgan Archive Service, - ISBN 0 9521783 5 4, first published 1981)

A VANISHED HOUSE, Two Topographical Paintings of the Old House at Margam by Patricia and Donald Moore

Description with paintings of the old house at Margam, demolished 1792/3. 

(Reprinted as a booklet from Archaeologia Cambrensis, Vol. CXXIII, 1974)

MARGAM ABBEY by A Leslie Evans

Booklet describing the history of the Abbey. 

(Published by Beric Tempest and Co - copies available to purchase in the abbey)

MARGAM LECTURES - An Anthology

7 lectures about Margam, produced by the Friends of Margam Abbey and including topics such as Gerald of Wales, the Talbots and the Mansells.

(Printed by Andreas Haaf, 1988 - available from Margam Park entrance office)

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Around Merthyr Tydfil

VAYNOR - A study of the Welsh Countryside by Elwyn Bowen

A lot of information about the area as well as useful background on rural activities.

(Foxgate Ltd. ISBN 0 9513706 2 6)

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Around Aberdulais

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SOUTH WALES COAL INDUSTRY WITH A VIEW OF PORT TALBOT AND THE AFAN VALLEY

by Afan Powell and Glyn Thomas

A good introduction to the history of coal in South Wales with photographs.

(Published by Mr Glyn Thomas - ISBN 0 9536678 0 4 - available from Afan Argoed Country Park Visitor Centre)

MONKS TO MILLENNIUM - The Story of the village of Cilffriw

A useful source book for information about historical Cilffriw.

(Published by Cilffriw Millennium Book Group - limited edition)

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Around Llantrisant

THE FREEMEN & ANCIENT BOROUGH OF LLANTRISANT by J Barry Davies

(Llantrisant and District Local History Society - ISBN: 0 9514330 0 8)

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Around Parc Slip

SOUTH WALES COLLIERIES (Volume 3) by David Owen

This volume in the mainly photographic series includes collieries from Ogwr to the Western Valleys of the Afan and is the source for information on the Parc Slip disaster.

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Around Rhondda

A MOMENT IN HISTORY - The Story of the American army in the Rhondda in 1944 by Bryan Morse

The story of the American troops billeted in the Rhondda in May 1944 along with photographs and letters from the time.

(Published by Prospero Books - ISBN 1 902320 26 3)

OLD RHONDDA IN PHOTOGRAPHS by Cyril Batstone, foreword by Gwyn Thomas

Photographs from the Rhondda from the late 19th Century through to the early 20th. A number of them are reproduced on this site.

(Published by Stewart Williams, Barry - ISBN 0 900807 08 3)

A RHONDDA ANTHOLOGY edited by Meic Stephens

40 excerpts from writings about Rhondda from Malkin, through Alexander Cordell to Max Boyce.

(Seren Books ISBN - 1-85411-089-6)

RHONDDA PAST AND FUTURE 

13 contributions from different writers about the history of the Rhondda

(Published by Rhondda Borough Council - no ISBN number)

RHONDDA FROM CWMPARC TO BLAENCWM by Sean James Cameron

A photographic record with notes of this area in the Then and Now series.

(Tempus publishing - ISBN 0 7524 2060 7)

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Around Llanharan

THE FORGOTTEN YEARS by T J Witts

A History of Llanharan and District, text and photographs including those reproduced in the Local Features section.

(D. Brown and Sons, Cowbridge - ISBN: 0 90500789 9 9)

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Around the Vale of Glamorgan

ADMIRAL SIR THOMAS BUTTON by Charles F Shepherd

A chapter on Sir Thomas Button in the Glamorgan Historian series, volume 4.

COUNTY TREASURES SURVEY - MARCROSS, MONKNASH, St. DONATS

Notes on historical buildings and archaeological features in these three hamlets produced by South Glamorgan County Council.

COASTAL PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, THE GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COAST by Alan Williams, Peter Davies, Neil Caldwell

(WBC Book Manufacturers Ltd, Bridgend - no ISBN number)

The geology (strictly geomorphology) of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with photographs, diagrams and an extensive list of references. Obtainable from the Heritage Coast Centre.

HEARST'S OTHER CASTLE by Enfys McMurry

(The Cromwell Press, Trowbridge - ISBN: 1-85411-228-7)

The history of St Donats Castle with some background material but mainly covering the period 1925-1938 when it was owned and developed by William Randolph Hearst. Good selection of photographs.

THEME GARDENS - DUNRAVEN edited by J.C.W. Howden

(Glamorgan Heritage Coast - no ISBN number)

Booklet giving some background information on the gardens alongside Dunraven House.

BRIDGEND 900

(Bridgend and District Local History Society - ISBN: 0-872808-22-0)

A chronology of the Bridgend District from 1093 to 1993

THE STORY OF PORTS AND SHIPPING ALONG THE GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COAST by R.E. Takel

(Glamorgan Heritage Coast - ISBN: 0-9508538-0-1)

History of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with particular emphasis on the shipping and ports.

SEA CLIFFS, Cwm Mawr to Gielston by Mary Gilham

(Glamorgan Heritage Coast Wildlife Series, Vol. 5 - ISBN: 0-9518015-2-X)

Detailed descriptions of the fauna and flora to be found along the Vale of Glamorgan coastline. Other publications by the sane author for this part of South Wales include Sand Dunes, Rivers, Limestone Downs and Coastal Downs - volumes 1 to 4 respectively in the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Wildlife series.

Around Swansea

SWANSEA BAY - THE COASTAL ROUTE

A guide to the scenery and history of the route from Swansea Marina to Mumbles Pier. Written by Don Strawbridge and published by the Gower Society.

Books on Natural History

The following natural history books, written by Dr Mary Gillham are available for sale. Please phone 02920 810 284 or write to her at The Cottage, Garth Hill, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff, CF15 9HS.

I. A SERIES OF THREE ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CARDIFF

         1.      The Garth Countryside, Part of Cardiff’s Green Mantle. £12.95

2.      Exploring along the River Taff. £14.95

3.      Exploring along the Rivers Rhymney and Roath. £14.95

  II. A SERIES OF FIVE ON THE GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COAST

1.      Sand Dunes. £7

2.      Rivers £7

3.      Inland Downs £8

4.      Coastal Downs £8

5.      Cliffs and Beaches £9

III. SWANSEA BAY’S GREEN MANTLE £10

            (A follow-up to ‘The Natural History of Gower’, now out of print)

IV. OTHER BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE STILL AVAILABLE

1.      Memories of Welsh Islands £14.50

2.      Town Bred, Country Nurtured (Wartime farming in Berkshire) £4.50

V. WORLD TRAVEL STILL AVAILABLE

1.      Islands of the Trade Winds (Aldabra, Indian Ocean) £14.00

2.      Island Hopping in Tasmania’s Roaring Forties £15.00

3.      Salt Wind from the Cape (South Africa) £10.00

 

Videos including Local Information

THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF PORTHCAWL

A video in colour and black and white describing some of the hidden historical secrets of Porthcawl, Newton and Nottage. The film takes the form of a tour around the town, looking into its past through evidence that remains for everyone to see. Written, produced and directed by Anthony Hontoir. Running time: 25 mins approximately. VHS video cassettes are available at £9.95 each from local shops in Porthcawl or by mail order from Anthony Hontoir, 13 Marlpit Lane, Newton Nottage, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF 36 5 EG. For UK orders, please add £1.95 for postage and packing.

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DANGEROUS COAST

A video in black and white about the S.S. Samtampa and Mumbles lifeboat disaster of April 1947 which happened at Sker Point, Porthcawl. The film is a dramatised recosntruction of the events leading up to the disaster and many of the scenes have been carefully recreated, including the Samtampa, the lifeboat, Edward Prince of Wales, the Coastguards and bystanders at Sker Point as the ship ran aground, attempts to launch rockets over the wreck and the subsequent burning of the doomed lifeboat. Written, produced and directed by Anthony Hontoir. Running time: 22 mins approximately. VHS video cassettes are available at £9.95 each from local shops in Porthcawl or by mail order from Anthony Hontoir, 13 Marlpit Lane, Newton Nottage, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF 36 5 EG. For UK orders, please add £1.95 for postage and packing.

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A HISTORY OF PORT TALBOT

A video in colour and black and white, in which each part of Port Talbot has its own story to tell: ancient Margam, still full of antiquity; old Aberavon, largely demolished and re-built beyond recognition in recent years; timeless Taibach, seemingly untouched by change; once-pastoral Baglan, now rapidly grown in size; and Cwmavon, transformed by 19th Century industry but mostly returned to green valley. The film contains views of the town through the historic evidence that remains and through old photgraphs, paintings and archive footage. Written, produced and directed by Anthony Hontoir. Running time: 40 mins. VHS video cassettes are available at £9.95 each from 'Videoworld' shops in Porthcawl or by mail order from Anthony Hontoir, 13 Marlpit Lane, Newton Nottage, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF 36 5 EG. For UK orders, please add £1.95 for postage and packing.

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PORTHCAWL PAST AND PRESENT

A video in colour and black and white. At one time Porthcawl could be reached by road, rail, sea and air. The post-war years saw the end of of local aviation and the closure of the railway line into the town, while road traffic has increased considerably, but channel steamers still call at the harbour. The past and present are inextricably linked by the institutions that have served Porthcawl for generations; places of worship, sporting clubs, the fairground, the annual carnival. The film contains many old photographs from the past and archive footage of Coney Beach funfair, a carnival of the 1950s and life in Nottage in the same period. Written and narrated by Gwynfryn Petty.  Produced and directed by Anthony Hontoir. Running time: 35 mins. VHS video cassettes are available at £9.95 each from local shops in Porthcawl or by mail order from Anthony Hontoir, 13 Marlpit Lane, Newton Nottage, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF 36 5 EG. For UK orders, please add £1.95 for postage and packing.