We are ideally situated to cater for guests who may enjoy a wide range of activites from walking, fishing, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, golf or sightseeing. The upper Rhondda is also an ideal location for the more adventurous activity seeker, with hangliding and paragliding being enjoyed by many who head for the mountains searching for the high thermals.
If you enjoy walking there are a variety of routes which you could take from a gentle stroll to the longer more difficult hikes straight from our doorstep. There are local routes which take you up the valley sides to waterfalls and along forestry tracks. These are included within the "Loops and Links" project which provides routes for walkers, cyclists and horseriders. Please click onto their website which we have listed on our links page.
We are only a 10 minute drive from the Coed Morgannwg Way which is a 36 mile long distance route following ancient tracks of Celtic origin. It begins at Gethin Woodland Park at Merthyr Tydfil and finishes at Margam near Port Talbot on the coast. The nearest access to the path from Ty Draw Farm is at Craig y Llyn, which is one of the highest viewpoints on the route, from which you can see the Brecon Beacons. One of the many rights of way from Blaencwm also provides a link to this long distance route.
We are also only a 20 minute drive from the Brecon Beacons National Park and only 40 minutes from the foot of Penyfan which is the highest peak in southern Britain.
We can offer walkers drying facilities for their wet clothes if required.
We are idealy based to tour the South East of Wales, from Swansea to the west, to Brecon and Abergavenny to the north, Cardiff and the South Glamorgan coast to the south and the Gwent Valleys to the east, all of which are within an hour's drive. There is plenty to see and do, by visting castles, historic houses, and museums such as Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans, and Tredegar House in Newport. A favourite visitor attraction in the area is Llancaiach Fawr Mansion which is reputedly to be one of the most haunted houses in the country.
The Rhondda Valley has several places to visit such as The Rhondda Heritage Centre, Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre, and the famous Grogg Shop, where you can buy hand crafted figurines of your favourite sportsperson or celebrity.
Please click on the websites in our Links sections for more ideas of what to do and see in South Wales.
There are numerous opportunities for paragliders and handgliders to take advantage of the high thermals that the surrounding countryside offers. South Wales is also renowned for being popular with pothole enthusiasts, so there is plenty for the extreme sportsman to do close by.
There are a number of organisation who can help you organise your activity break and provide you with a customised itinery for your to try out a number of activites such as archery, gorge walking and quad biking. These are listed on our links page.
This part of South Wales provides excellent rides for mountain bikers, with miles of off road forestry tracks and lanes straight from our doorstep. We are only the next valley across from the Afan Valley, with visitor centres at Afan Argoed and Glyncorrwg, which has resulted in this area becoming one of the most popular mountain biking centres in Britain.
Route 47 runs to the north of us with access again over tracks from Blaencwm, or alternatively at Craig y Llyn as mentioned above.
At Ty Draw Farm we can offer cyclists secure and safe storage of bicycles, and access to a hose pipe. We also have drying facilities avialble if required.
There are a number of golf clubs and driving ranges which cater for a variety of standards. The local clubs include Aberdare golf club, and the Rhondda Golf Club in Ferndale, whilst the Rhondda Driving Range gives you an opportunity to release that pent up stress and tention.
Further afield there are golf courses in Bridgend, Brecon, Caerphilly and Cardiff, and don't forget we are only a 50 mins drive from Celtic Manor in Newport, which will be the location for the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Wales is renowned for fishing, both game and course. Please follow this link www.fishing-in-wales.com for an excellent source of information with regard to the local river and lakes.
Leisure and Recreational Facilities
Guests will have a choice of a number of leisure centres and swimming pools in the area. There are leisure centres in Ystrad and Ferndale, whilst there is a swimming pool in Aberdare. For the younger ones there are two small play parks within the village.