Library of Life Story Trails

Head4Arts celebrates Earth Hour this year by launching four magical story trails in parks across the South East Wales valleys region.

Families and people of all ages can enjoy a walk in the great outdoors whilst listening to “The Library of Life” written and narrated by Tamar Eluned Williams.  There will be an option to listen to the story in English or Welsh.

Each chapter of the story can be unlocked by scanning QR codes with a smart phone. 

The trails will be available from Saturday 26th March until Sunday 24th April at the following parks:

Parc Cwm Darran
CF81 9NR

Parc Bryn Bach
Merthyr Rd
Blaenau Gwent
NP22 3AY

Cyfarthfa Park
Brecon Rd
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8RE

Garn Lakes
Garn Rd

The trails are self-guided and can be accessed at any time during park opening times (check individual park websites for details).

Interactive activities – dates
Free craft activities linked to the stories are scheduled to take place in each park on the following dates:

Parc Cwm Darran  10 am – 4pm on Saturday 26th March
Cyfarthfa Park 10am – 4pm on Sunday 3rd April
Garn Lakes TBC
Parc Bryn Bach 10am-4pm on Friday 22nd April

What to expect from the trails

In Parc Cwm Darran, Parc Bryn Bach and Garn Lakes the story trail takes you on a circular walk around a lake.  In Cyfarthfa Park the story trail involves a walk in the woods.

The story trails are based along the main tarmac footpath in each location. The paths in Parc Cwm Darran, Parc Bryn Bach and Garn Lakes are relatively flat with some small gradients.  The woodland walk in Cyfarthfa Park is steeper.

There are 8 stops in each story trail.  The trail in each site is based on the same story but there are some differences between the recordings, making the experience relevant to each site.

Starting points
The starting points in each site are as follows:

Parc Cwm Darran – Story Circle, close to the park
Parc Bryn Bach – At the carved bench outside the visitors centre
Cyfarthfa Park – At the entrance to the woodlands from the overspill car park
Garn Lakes – At the main entrance from the car park

There is a sign / banner in each location highlighting the start point.  All stops on the trails are numbered to make them easier to follow

Accessing the stories
The QR code included at each story stop gives access to the audio recording of the story and an option to view the transcript.

Mobile data connection is required to unlock QR codes.  Please check coverage with your mobile data provider in advance.  Alternatively, the audio files and transcripts for each story trail are available to download in advance by clicking here.

Facilities at each site
There are parking facilities at all sites.

Parc Cwm Darran, Parc Bryn Bach and Cyfarthfa Park each have play parks, toilets and cafés on site.  

The closest visitors centre to Garn Lakes is located a short drive away in Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.  The Heritage Centre has toilets and a café.  There are also several cafes in Blaenavon Town Centre.

Earth Hour
This year Earth Hour takes place on Saturday 26th March.

Led by WWF, Earth Hour is the world’s largest environmental movement for the planet that is symbolised by millions of people switching their lights off for one hour between 8.30 to 9.30pm.

The Library of Life story trails will be launched on 26th March to celebrate Earth Hour.  The Library of Life story supports the message of Earth Hour by encouraging participants to take notice of their local area and raising awareness of the importance of caring for our planet.

The creation of the story trails has been generously supported by WWF Cymru’s Community Grant.

We hope the information above tells you everything you need to know about the trails but if you have any other questions please get in touch via email or telephone 01495 400 211

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