The Original Black Gold

A walk from Pontypridd to the Bwlch Mountain

This walk delves into the explosive growth of the coal industry in south Wales and how it moved a generation into towns and away from the countryside. It explores:

The industrial revolution of South Wales from iron to coal / The Cymmer pit disaster / How George Borrow described the hell of Merthyr ironworks / The importance of steam coal / The George Insole dynasty / Our Lady of Penrhys and the birth of pilgrimage tourism / The Aberfan tragedy.

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