The valleys town of Pontypridd sits at the head of the Taff Vale. Here, the valley splits into two, following the River Rhondda to the north-west and the River Taff to the north-east, where it is joined by the River Cynon at Abercynon (formerly Navigation, headquarters of the long-defunct Glamorganshire Canal).
Pontypridd is enclosed on three sides … the Graig to the west, Graigwen to the north, and Ynysangharad Common to the east. All three provide great views across the town, but only the Common remains open and unspoilt by housing.
This shot, taken from the Common, is looking north west towards the housing that smothers the Graig. On warmer days, it’s great to simply sit on this bench and enjoy sunny afternoons … although Ponty is normally shrouded in haze on such days.
In days gone by, from here you probably would have been able to watch the flywheels turning at the Maritime Collery to the north west.