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The Swansea Valley (Welsh: Cwm Tawe) encompasses the upper reaches of the River Tawe area in South Wales, upstream from Swansea. Today, the area is divided between the City and County of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot county borough, and Powys. Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... the River Tawe is a river in south Wales which meets the sea at Swansea (Abertawe in Welsh). ... Approximate extent of South East Wales. ... For other places with the same name, see Swansea (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Swansea (disambiguation). ... Neath Port Talbot (Welsh: ) is a county borough in Glamorgan, south Wales. ... County borough was a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom to refer to a borough or a city independent of county administration. ... Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales. ...

Notable towns and villages in the area include Clydach, Pontardawe, Ystradgynlais, Ystalyfera and Abercraf. In its September 2005 document Towards a Valleys Strategy, Neath Port Talbot Council notes "a marked divide between the more remote communities at Ystalyfera and along the Twrch and Amman Valleys and the reasonably prosperous southern communities of Pontardawe, Alltwen, Rhos, and Trebanos." [1] The area is served by the A4067 Swansea-Brecon road, but has had no rail connection since passenger services on the former Midland Railway line between Swansea and Brecon ceased in the 1930s. Clydach is the name of an electoral ward, a community and a town in the City and County of Swansea, South Wales. ... Looking north over Pontardawe Pontardawe (Welsh for bridge on the River Tawe) is a town in the Swansea valley (Welsh: Cwmtawe) in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales. ... Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys, Wales. ... Mynydd Y Ddarren Ystalyfera (Grid reference SN767089) is a rural village in the of South Wales, UK. It is situated on the River Tawe in the County of Neath Port Talbot, or more traditionally, West Glamorgan. ... Abercraf is a village in the Welsh county of Powys. ... Alltwen (or Allt-Wen) is a village near Pontardawe, south Wales. ... Rhos is a village in administrative county of Neath Port Talbot, south Wales. ... Trebanos is a village in south Wales. ... The numbering zones for A-roads in Great Britain List of A roads beginning with 4 in Great Britain starting north of the A4 and south/west of the A5. ... The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail. ... The Swansea Vale Railway is a heritage railway following a section of the old Midland Railway line between Swansea and Brecon. ...

The valley is the site of Dan yr Ogof, claimed to be the largest show cave complex in Western Europe.[2] This was formerly a region of heavy industry including coal mining and iron-making; the Swansea Canal was built along the valley in the late 18th century to serve the nascent local industries. In 1878 Opera singer Adelina Patti made her home at Craig-y-Nos castle. Dan yr Ogof is a 15km long cave system in south Wales, and is the main feature of a show cave complex (advertised as The National Showcaves Centre for Wales) which is claimed to be the largest in Europe. ... A show cave is a cave or cave system containing interesting or spectacular features that are easily accessible to the general public. ... Surface coal mining in Wyoming in the United States of America. ... Fe redirects here. ... Swansea Canal was constructed by the Swansea Canal Navigation Company between 1794-1798, measuring some 16 miles long and running from Swansea to Hen Neuadd Abercraf. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan. ... Patti as Marguerite in Faust, 1875. ...

See also

The Lower Swansea valley is a term widely used to describe the lower half of the valley of the River Tawe from approximately the level of Clydach down to Swansea Docks. ...



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