The Garw Valley is a former coal mining community just north of Bridgend, nestling between the Llynfi and Ogmore valleys.
The Garw itself stretches approximately 6 miles north to south rising steeply until it reaches Carn & Werfa mountains which dominate the northern region of the valley historically referred to as the Rhyl valley but now more commonly known as Garw Fechan.
The notably steep gradient of the slopes of Garw Fechan has precluded any major urban development and for this reason it remains a particularly peaceful and undisturbed area.
From the mid 1850s the Garw Valley has indergone tremendous changes and we hope we can do something towards telling its story.
We have a lovely post about the history of the Garw Valley here.