The Valleys Regional Park
Parc Rhanbarthol y Cymoedd
Cyfarthfa Castle and Park at Merthyr Tydfil is one of the jewels in the crown in the valleys - a number of projects have taken place and are are ongoing from different programmes to restore and improve it as major heritage tourism attraction.
This project restored the historically important Cyfarthfa Leat, a watercourse, running approximately 1000m from its source on the banks of the Taf Fechan to Cyfarthfa Lake, originally built to convey water to the Lake and the Cyfarthfa Ironworks, and enhanced the adjacent equally important old tramway to provide 1 km of new pedestrian access between Cyfarthfa Park and Taf Fechan Nature Reserve to make the site more accessible for the benefit of both the local community and visitors.
The work was carried out in accordance with strict guidelines issued by CADW and included:
• Site clearance to improve access to the structures.
• A new access and footbridge to Lakeside Gardens.
• A footbridge and viewing platform at the Leat Waterfall.
• A new walkway to link the Leat and the Old Tramway to form part of a new heritage trail between Cyfarthfa and the Taf Fechan Nature Reserve.
• Improved footpaths with access suitable for wheel chair users.
• Extra site parking for disabled visitors.
• New safer access to the site with a light controlled puffin crossing.
• A new site entrance including landscaping, a new masonry wall capped with pillars and railings in the Cyfarthfa style, a replica tram and a symbolic gateway structure with visitor information boards.
VRP ERDF INFRASTRUCTURE AND LANDSCAPE PROJECTS
CYFARTHFA HERITAGE UNEARTHED
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