22. A stroll beside Pontsticill Reservoir
The reservoir is surrounded by hills and forests in the Taf Fechan Valley in the central Brecon Beacons.
This is a popular area and is a good site for watching birds. The Brecon Mountain Railway and Merthyr Tydfil Sailing Club are on the eastern side of the reservoir. There are several places to park by the road side on the western side of the reservoir, including one car park with a sloped and grassy path to a picnic area.
How to get there: This site is located next to a minor road 3 miles north-east of Merthyr Tydfil.
Nearest town or village: Pontsticill.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 – SO 053 127.
Distance: Up to 2 miles along the road – please note this road can be busy at weekends.
Contact: Welsh Water on 01495 769281.
Facilities: There are several pubs in the area but the nearest facilities are at Merthyr Tydfil. Sailing: Merthyr Tydfil Sailing Club can accommodate disabled people on their boats. Enquiries should be addressed to Mrs Govier, 43 Hatherleigh Road, Cardiff, CF3 9AS or telephone 029 20 778459. Fishing information can be obtained from Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association (www.mtaa.co.uk).
Parking: There are several small roadside lay-bys and car parks alongside the reservoir. These are mainly compacted stone and can be uneven.
Toilets: The nearest toilets are at Merthyr Tydfil.