Audio Trails

Downloading our audio guides and walking these trails is a great way to keep fit and active and expand your mind at the same time!

What are audio trails?

Audio trails are recorded guides that you can download onto your MP3 player, iPod, mobile phone or PDA to accompany you on your walk. You can listen to them at home before you leave home, but they’re better downloaded and listened to on site.

We currently have two audio trails at our country parks and one in a local woodland run by a charitable trust.

The first looks at the history of Parc Cwm Darran, exploring the transition of the site from coal to countryside. 

The second explores the sculptures of Parc Penallta, from the views found at the High Point Observatory to the lowland wetland at The Crannog.

The third explores the rarely seen geological history of the Wern Ddu Clay Pit (also known as Coed-Y-Werin ) a Site of Special Scientific Interest hidden in the woods, just to the south east of Caerphilly. 

The audio trails have been funded by the 'Get Going Around Caerphilly' project with 'Let's Walk Cymru' and the Welsh Government Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund for Wales and have been delivered with support from local people and specialist interest groups.

Explore the history of Parc Cwm Darran

Parc Cwm Darran is a peaceful country park set in the heart of the Darran Valley. Discover how this visitor attraction has been transformed from a ‘toxic planet’ to a wildlife haven in less than thirty years. Okay, so the toxic planet was for BBC’s Doctor Who, but it provided the perfect Martian landscape for the series in the late 1970’s. Listen to this audio trail to find out what happened here to make it a suitable alien backdrop?

This audio trail has been produced with visually impaired people in mind and we hope you can enjoy the park, its history and its stories through the use of this audio trail.

Parc Cwm Darran - Loan of mp3 player and headphones for the Audio Trail

You can borrow an MP3 player from the Visitor Centre to listen to the audio trail about Parc Cwm Darran's Industrial past and current management. A deposit of £20 will be required for the loan of the MP3 player and headphones. This deposit will be refunded on the return of the MP3 player and headphones in a suitable condition.

Parc Cwm Darran's visitor centre is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4pm beginning in  April to the end of September. To book your MP 3 player contact Parc Cwm Darran  on 01443 875557.

To play the mp3 audio file, click on the play button.

To download the mp3 audio file, right click or option-click the mp3 link and choose "Save As..."

1 Parc Cwm Darran Visitor Centre mp3 Transcript
2 Ogilvie view mp3 Transcript
3 Northern Boundary mp3 Transcript
4 Ogilvie Olympics mp3 Transcript
5 The Washery mp3 Transcript
6 The Bridge mp3 Transcript
7 Manager's House mp3 Transcript
8 The North shaft mp3 Transcript
9 Aerial ropeway mp3 Transcript
10 The sawmill mp3 Transcript

 

You can download all mp3 tracks as a single file here (English mp3 13Mb) and here (Welsh mp3)

Explore the sculptures of Parc Penallta

Discover how Parc Penallta has been transformed over the last ten years from a former coal tip to a Country Park in relation to six fascinating sculptures. You can learn how Sultan the Pit Pony, the UK’s largest figurative earth sculpture, was designed and created. Listen to the audio trail to discover why these various sculptures exist at the Country Park.

This audio trial has been produced to give visitors a sense of discovery of the park, its sculptures and its stories. It is not a guided trail but encourages visitors to explore and find the sculptures themselves. Download the map (pdf 922k) marking the approximate positions of the sculptures.

Parc Penallta - Loan of mp3 players and headphones for the Sculpture Audio Trail

You can borrow an MP3 player from the Education Centre at Parc Penallta. Please remember that the Education Centre is not usually open and prior booking is advised.

A deposit of £20 will be required for the loan of the MP3 player and headphones. This deposit  will be refunded on the return of the MP3 players and headphones in a suitable condition.

To book your mp3 player please contact  the Education Centre on 01443 816853.

To play the mp3 audio file, click on the play button.

To download the mp3 audio file, right click or option-click the mp3 link and choose "Save As..."

Alternatively if you have a suitable mobile phone you can download Microsoft's free tag reader by visiting http://gettag.mobi

If you visit Parc Penallta you can find a sculpture tag at each of the sculptures and snap the Parc Penallta logo. This will then link to the audio trail page

  English    
1 The Crannog mp3 Transcript
2 High Point Observatory mp3 Transcript
3 The Coal Cutter's Dream mp3 Transcript
4 Dockets mp3 Transcript
5 Stone Stories mp3 Transcript
6 Sultan the Pit Pony mp3 Transcript
7 Breaking The Mould mp3 Transcript
  Welsh    
1 The Crannog mp3 Transcript
2 Arsyllfa High Point mp3 Transcript
3 The Coal Cutter's Dream mp3 Transcript
4 Dockets mp3 Transcript
5 Stone Stories mp3 Transcript
6 Sultan Y Cob mp3 Transcript
7 Breaking The Mould mp3 Transcript

 

You can download all mp3 tracks as a single file here (English mp3 6.2Mb) and here (Welsh mp3 6.2Mb)

Explore the geological history of the Wern Ddu Clay Pit

Walk back in time and discover the wonderful and rarely seen geological features hidden in the Caerphilly woodland.  Find the coal seams that made South Wales famous and fossilised roots of 300 million year old trees.

Wern Ddu Clay Pits, also known as Coed-Y-Werin, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), so as you explore, please treat the woods, wildlife and rocks with respect. You won’t need to wander far from the obvious paths and numbered wooden posts mark all the audio points.

About Wern Ddu Clay Pits – Coed-y-Werin

The area, now known as Coed y Werin, is an old C19th clay pit dug to supply clay to the nearby Caerphilly Brick Company. During the 1980’s the 23 acre clay pit site was designated as a Geological SSSI because of the exceptional and internationally important Coal Measure rocks exposed there. The site is now owned and managed by the Caerphilly Woodlands Trust (CWT). The trust was established in 2002 by a number of local people who were interested in conserving the rich biodiversity and enhancing the diverse natural habitats found within the clay pits.

The trust’s volunteer workforce meet regularly to maintain the site, undertaking a wide range of practical conservation works. The trust’s members, who are experts on the biodiversity and history of the site, often run educational activities for local schools and interested groups.

To play the mp3 audio file, click on the play button.

To download the mp3 audio file, right click or option-click the mp3 link and choose "Save As..."

  English    
1 Entrance Gate mp3  
2 Amphitheatre mp3  
3 Brick Arch Bridge mp3  
4 The Quarry mp3  
5 Fossil Root mp3  
6 The Clearing mp3  
7 The Platform mp3  
8 The Stream mp3  
  Welsh    
1 Gât Mynediad mp3  
2 Amffitheatr mp3  
3 Pont Fwa Brics mp3  
4 Y Chwarel mp3  
5 Llwybr y Ffosil mp3  
6 Y Llannerch mp3  
7 Y Llwyfan mp3  
8 Y Nant mp3  

 

How to find Wern Ddu Clay Pits- Coed-Y-Werin

Click the link to view the location map. To save the location map pdf, right click or option-click the link and choose "Save As..."

Location map

By Foot

The trail is located just to the south east of Caerphilly and is an easy 15 minute walk from Caerphilly town centre.

By Bus

Route J : Caerphilly to Rudry (PDF 36kb)

By Car

Parking is available in the Forestry Commissions Coed Park y Fan car park on the road heading south-east from Van Road Business Park to Rudry.

 

 

Website by Andy Grant