The Upper Swansea Valley is in the area of South Wales, UK, where steel making and the industrial revolution first began. It has now been returned to its state of natural beauty and is the southern gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The valley is known by the local people as the "Valley of the Sleeping Giant".

 The Cribbarth, a large hill overlooking  the Village of Abercrave ( Abercraf ), has the form of a sleeping giant.

The best view of the Sleeping Giant is from the main A 4067 road just North of Caerbont and one mile South of Abercrave Village.

He even has a collar and a belt.

Legend says that the giant will waken from his slumber and come to the aid of the people when really needed.

The beautiful valley has rivers, waterfalls and mountains to explore and is excellent walking country.

Other attractions include Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary, Craig-y-Nos Castle and the National Showcaves of Wales

Henrhyd Waterfall


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Craig-y-Nos Castle

The Valley of the Sleeping Giant is a main route into the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife including numerous birds of prey, which include rare red kites. For more details click the adjacent picture of the red kite.

Learn about the dramatic geological history of the area

Go back in time at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Check out the local web-ring

Visit Cefn-yr-Erw animal sanctuary