What it’s REALLY like living in The Valleys…

The Rhondda. A place where there’s more countryside than buildings, more sheep than people and home to the famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir.

Living in the valleys definitely has it’s perks. Waking up each morning to beautiful scenery, the green surroundings and the sound of birds playfully tweeting isn’t all that bad. Although, the goats next door can be a bit of a nuisance.

However, thanks to ‘The Valleys’ TV show, it has become slightly embarrassing to say where you’re from. It’s feeling as though you owe an explanation that you’re not a hyperactive party animal reeking havoc on the streets of Cardiff. As entertaining as the likes of Lateysha was, there is a lot more to the valleys.

So, what more does the valleys have to offer?

The first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful landscape. The woodlands are right on your doorstep, it’s only right to take full advantage of them. I love going on adventurous walks with my dogs, and usually Max (my boyfriend), or my Mam as company.

That was like filling in one of those ‘about me’ sections on an application form, just maybe your’s is a tad more exciting than mine… Anyway, here’s a snap of me enjoying an ‘adventurous walk in the woods’.

It’s so picturesque and the perfect place to go for peace and tranquility. There isn’t anything much more peaceful than the sound of the trees swaying in the wind or the trickling of natural spring water flowing down the stream.

Then there’s Pen Pych mountain. Full of magnificent surroundings on your hike and just before you reach the top you’re greeted with a beautiful waterfall. The perfect opportunity to take a breather and admire it’s beauty.

Once you’ve cooled off, there’s another small hike to the top. If you’re afraid of heights this may not be for you. However, it’s SO worth it! Look at the view…

Another quality the valleys has to offer is it’s community spirit. OK, you do get the odd gossip. My Nan, for instance, seems to know everyone’s business and what their dog ate for breakfast. But besides the gossipers, (and my Nan), the community comes together when it’s needed.

In particular, two of my friends tragically died in a car accident in 2008. In order to keep their memories alive the families decided to do a sponsored walk in aid of two local charities close to the girls hearts. The turn out was amazing and thanks to the community coming together we raised an amazing £16,000. It still gives me goosebumps thinking back…


If trekking the glorious countryside doesn’t quite tickle your fancy then maybe you’d enjoy the array of local pubs. Although spoilt for choice, The Lion tends to be the favourite.

Photo credit- The Lion


A popular night out in the valleys usually consists of starting in The Lion and making your way down to The Banc, if you’re brave enough.

So, that’s a just little bit about the valleys. As you can see it’s worth a visit 😉


Photo credit- Tim Wood

2 Replies to “What it’s REALLY like living in The Valleys…”

  1. Andrew Murphy says: Reply

    I am all ready sold, I love my valley s and its history even though we seem a forgoten people these days I beleave in our people and our communties and with people such has you promoting the postives of these Valleys we will have a future. Thank you

    1. thatwanderlustboho says: Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, i really appreciate it.


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