GeoFest 2018

We’re now looking forward to the next annual Geopark Festival – the dates for your diary are Saturday 25 May to Sunday 9 June 2019.

Come back here as the programme develops to see what we’ve got on offer for you. Below are the events we put on in 2018.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018  NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Restless Planet (talk)

Join us for a talk by Dr Geraint Owen of Swansea University. The recent earthquake in this area reminds us that the Earth is an active planet. Continents on the move, folding and fracturing rocks and volcanoes are all on the agenda!

  • Venue: Ystradowen Community Centre, SA9 2YY (OS grid ref SN 750123)
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cost: £2 /person
  • Further details: free parking behind the centre


Thursday 24th May 2018 NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Henllys Vale Revisited (walk)

Join us for a walk up beside the Twrch from Ystradowen Community Centre to visit the remains of the old colliery and limekilns at Henllys Vale. We may see some of the dippers which fly along this river and will certainly see dipping rocks – hear the stories behind them.

  • Start: Ystradowen Community Centre, SA9 2YY (OS grid ref SN 750123)
  • Time: 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Distance: 6km / 4 miles
  • Ascent: 110m / 350ft
  • Cost: £3/person
  • Further details:  free parking behind the Centre. You can catch a drink and a bite to eat at Caffi Henllys (cafe in the centre) before setting off!


Monday 28th May 2018 10am – 3pm NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Explore Glyn Tarell with the National Trust

Join Rob Reith, the National Trust’s Lead Ranger, to discover the history and management of this special area. We will walk along Glyn Tarell and the Trust’s permissive woodland paths, ascend Y Gyrn, drop down to the Storey Arms and return along the Taff Trail. This walk is put on by the Brecon Beacons Park Society.

  • Start: Craig Cerrig-gleisiad layby on A470 (OS grid ref SN 971222)
  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Distance: 9km / 5.5 miles
  • Ascent: 420m / 1400ft
  • Cost: free
  • Further details: phone Dilys Harlow on 01454 775731


Wednesday 30th May 2018        10am – 4pm NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Family Activity Day at Craig-y-nos Country Park

Firmly established in the GeoFest calendar now, a fun day out including craft stalls, geocaching, zip-wire and hands-on activities for children. Rocks, wildlife and archaeology.

We shall also be celebrating Fforest Fawr’s current involvement in the Atlantic Geoparks project which brings together Geoparks from around Europe’s western fringes.

And as part of the development of the country park as the new ‘hub’ for the Geopark during 2018, we will be launching a new circular walk exploring the geology and quarrying history of Cribarth.

  • Venue: Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley SA9 1GL (OS grid ref SN 840155)
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: FREE but parking charge of £5/car or £10/minibus


Thursday 31st May 2018 NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Cribarth – Quarries and crags, folds and fractures

Join us for an inaugural walk from Craig-y-nos Country Park following the newly-launched trail leaflet to explore what is arguably the most fascinating hill in the whole Geopark. Recent path improvements ease the ascent.

  • Start: Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley, SA9 1GL (OS Grid ref SN 840155)
  • Time: 1pm – 4.30pm
  • Distance/ascent: 5.5km / 3.5 miles
  • Ascent: 250m / 800ft
  • Cost: £3 / person
  • Further details:  pay & display parking at country park. Sorry – no dogs.


Friday 1st June 2018        1.30pm – 4.30pm NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Archaeology at Dinas Rock

Join archaeologist Dr Edith Evans, Geopark geologist Alan Bowring and zoologist/botanist Dr Michael Isaac in an exploration of the Dinas Rock area where nature and former industry vie with faulted and folded rocks for your attention.

  • Start: Dinas Rock car park, Pontneddfechan (OS grid ref SN 911079)
  • Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Distance: 3.5km / 2.5 miles
  • Ascent: 120m / 400ft
  • Cost: £3/person
  • Further details:  free parking. Sorry – no dogs.


Saturday 2nd June 2018 NOTE: THIS IS A PAST EVENT

Wildlife walk: from Limestone to Ironmaking in the Tawe Valley

Join Brecknock #wildcommunities for a linear walk in the Tawe Valley to see how the various layers of rock have influenced its industrial heritage. We’ll visit Craig y Rhiwarth and Allt Rhongyr Nature Reserve on limestone and walk to Ystradfawr and Wern Plemys nature reserves where nature has reclaimed the old coal mines. We also take in Henrhyd Falls and glimpse the ironworks in Ystradgynlais. Some steep and rough sections.

  • Start: Craig-y-nos Country Park (CyNCP), upper Swansea Valley, SA9 1GL (OS Grid ref SN 840155)
  • Finish: Diamond Park, Heol Glyn Tawe, Ystradgynlais  SA9 1ET (OS Grid ref SN 786094)
  • Time: meet 9.30am at Diamond Park for car share to walk start (10am) at CyNCP. Walk finishes at Diamond Park at 5pm, Car share back to CynCP as required for 5.20pm
  • Distance: 15km / 9 miles
  • Ascent: 100m
  • Cost: FREE
  • Further details: Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.
  • For more details: contact Pauline Hill on 01639 844273  or e-mail her on