Merthyr Tydfil is a town in Wales and according to legend, the town is named for Saint Tydfil, a daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog, who was supposedly slain by pagans in the area. The town is located in a South Wales Valleys near the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Brecon Mountain Railway is easily accessible by cycle and car and is one of the more popular attractions in the area. Merthyr is also on the outskirts of Forest Fawr Geopark that is representative of the area's outstanding geological and cultural heritage.
The Taff Bargoed Valley is increasingly becoming an area for outdoor activities including climbing, hiking, mountaineering, walking, cycling and horse riding. The town also boasts a range of unusual independent shops as well as a number of high street chains, as well as a fantastic range of places to eat. Being a popular spot for tourists, the town is also home to a number of accommodation choices, ranging from guesthouses and hotels to cottages and apartments.
Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant Station, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UP (01685) 722988
Located three miles from Merthyr Tydfil is the Brecon Mountain Railway; a narrow-gauge railway that runs just under two miles from Pant Station to the northern end of the Taf Fechan Reservoir.
Conceived over 30 years ago, the railway currently runs six locomotives hauling a number of all-weather observation coaches.