Tawe Uchaf Community Council

Situated north-east of Ystradgynlais in the upper valley of the River Tawe (hence the name), it includes the villages of Caehopkin, Coelbren, Pen-y-cae, and Ynyswen. The Council represents 1295 electors.

The Council has accepted responsibility for three children's play areas. The play areas are located at Cefnbyrle, Caehopkin and Penycae.

The Community is renowned for it's natural beauty and tourist attractions.

The area is famous for the world famous Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves, one of the largest cave systems in western Europe and a popular attraction for visitors.

In addition the Henrhyd Waterfall in the village of Coelbren is the highest waterfall in South Wales.

A part of Tawe Uchaf lies within Fforest Fawr Geopark and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Community has an extensive footpath network and has many excellent walks. The Council maintains the majority of the footpaths. Footpath maintenance is focussed on the popular walking routes.

A complex of Bronze Age monuments known as Cerrig Duon (the "black rocks") – consisting of a stone circle, avenue, and three-stone row – and Maen Mawr (the "great stone") can be seen near the source of the Tawe at the northern end of the community area.

Tawe Uchaf is also home to Craig-y-Nos Castle, a country house built in 1841 and subsequently purchased and much extended by the renowned operatic singer Adelina Patti.

(information from Tawe Uchaf's Wikipedia entry)