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Craig-y-nos Country Park (Wales)

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Brecon Road, Penycae, Swansea Valley SA9 1GL.
Tel/FAX: +44 (0)1639 730395

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      23.07.2001 20:59
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      Craig-y-nos country Park is forty Acres of beautiful countryside in the Upper Swansea Valley approximately half way between Swansea and Brecon. A beautiful area to just wonder along the river paths, in and out of the towering trees, or for a picnic. Situated in the Brecon National Park parking is readily available at the visitor’s center, which is very well furbished with local maps and history of the area. If you like mountain walking this is an ideal place to start from and the walks are well sign posted. Free to enter the car park is ‘Pay and Display’ but very reasonable, the park opens at 10am everyday, seven days a week. The park was part of the grounds of Craig-y-nos castle, which was built in 1842 by Richard Davies Powell a son of a rich businessman. In 1878 Madam Adelina Patti who was one of the leading opera singers in Europe at the time and for the sum of £3500 purchased the castle. The house and grounds soon reflected the lifestyle of Adelina and the castle was even visited by Edward the seventh when he was ‘Prince of Wales’. For Twenty-five years she sang for Queen Victoria and was known by many members of the royal family. When she died in 1919 her body was taken to London for people to pay homage and then on to Paris to be buried. Its been said that the tiny figure of the tiny woman in black has been seen at the castle on a number of occasions and in 1911 was sold as a private hospital. In this sad day and age it is now used as a call center for one of the mobile phone companies although I cannot think of many better surroundings to work in. I love to take the dog for a walk (can’t leave him off the lead and must have a poop scoop) as it’s so peaceful and relaxing. Although you find that the car park is normally full you very rarely bump into other people. The area is full of a variety of birds and its unusual not to run into a squirrel or two. As long as you let the peo ple know in the visitors center you can have a barbecue down by the river and the majority of families in the center of the park can be seen playing cricket or football. Very much a day out for all the family but try and make it on a glorious summers day and you will not be disappointed.

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