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  • 5.0 star rating
    7/5/2011
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    What would you call this place? The 'Magic Valley', 'Bluebell Valley'? There are no prizes apart from the pleasure of discovering this hidden gem, tucked away a couple miles out of Bridgend.

    Especially now, with Bluebells everywhere - catch them in the morning sun framed against the dark greens of the mysterious ancient woodlands covering the valley sides.

    Explore the special Bluebell Reserve (and not to pick - a criminal offence me thinks!).

    Look out for the Clapper or pack-horse bridge, which are apparently quite uncommon in the UK, with perhaps only about 40 recorded to date. These bridges served as a way across streams or rivers and were often on pack-horse routes. You can dangle your toes in the stream that runs underneath this one.

    Further round is the ford - deep enough in the wetter months to unnerve any but the bravest 4x4. After prolonged dry though, the little river that wends its way through the valley might dry up for large stretches.

    There are numerous footpaths reaching up out of the valley if its a hiking day but its very easily accessible by car or bicycle. Well worth a picnic trip out.

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