pwa wrote:I know the Gospel Pass very well, and I know the Taff Valley. If someone asked me which to choose to start that epic trip I would find it hard to answer. The Taff Valley is an untidy, scruffy former industrial place with lots of people just about getting by. But it is worth getting to know. There is nowhere like it outside Wales. The people are almost all friendly and willing to chat. But the Gospel Pass is my favourite hill anywhere. Try not to do it in the afternoon because it can get a bit too busy with tourist cars. Before 10am is best. The two sides of it are totally different.
During the industrial revolution many people moved to South Wales from Ireland, Italy and elsewhere. For a while Welsh was the lingua franca, then English took over. Are there still traces of this immigration in the Valleys now?
I do love Wales but regret that I know the Valleys much less well than the Hills (canol a gogledd)