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I’m a sucker for a self guided, historical walking tour (city or countryside) and this one was one of the best yet. The landscape around Coity and Blaenavon feels so barren and isolated that it’s easy to forget that it’s only 35 miles from Cardiff. My guide informed me that the red building seen in the penultimate picture was once the heart of a community, as a chapel and a public house (not sure if at the same time?!) but the hamlet has been empty since 1963; a poignant reminder of the industrial decline. The area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site due to it’s importance in the development of iron production 200 years ago. The Blorenge, the iconic mountain nearby, is also the only word in the English language which rhymes with orange…..!