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The past is being brought to life with a 21st Century twist in Pontypridd as local heritage can be rediscovered with an audio tour of the town that can be downloaded onto a personal MP3 player or smartphone.

The innovative scheme from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Heritage Services team has been launched in partnership with the Valleys Regional Park, a network of visitor facilities, country parks, heritage sites and nature reserves across the region.

Similar to the audio facilities commonly used in museums and galleries, technologically savvy history buffs can now follow a set path through Pontypridd.

The route will take in landmarks such as Edwards Bridge, the James Memorial and St Catherine's Church.

With the help of Audio Trails Ltd, local experts including Curator of Pontypridd Museum, Brian Davies and vicar of St Catherine's Church, Marcus Green, have recorded tours and commentaries on the area. To visit the Audio Trails section of this website now click here.

The new tour is just first in a line of audio trails are now in preparation for Llantrisant, Aberdare and the Cwm Hafod Walk in Rhondda.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Robert Bevan said: "This is the latest in a range of initiatives that the Council has set in motion to encourage the exploration of local history. By using new platforms such as MP3 players and web devices we can ensure that the modern world can easily access its heritage.

"With such a rich past, Pontypridd is definitely a town worthy of historical investigation and for modern day heritage lovers the new tour is certain not to disappoint".

To download the trail visit the website www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk| and click on the audio trails section where the audio files can be downloaded to an MP3 player, a smartphone or listened to through a computer. A map is also available to download.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government, the Valleys Regional Park aims to promote and celebrate the valleys as the Heart and Soul of Wales.

The past is being brought to life with a 21st Century twist in Pontypridd as local heritage can be rediscovered with an audio tour of the town that can be downloaded onto a personal MP3 player or smartphone.  

The innovative scheme from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Heritage Services team has been launched in partnership with the Valleys Regional Park, a network of visitor facilities, country parks, heritage sites and nature reserves across the region.

Similar to the audio facilities commonly used in museums and galleries, technologically savvy history buffs can now follow a set path through Pontypridd.

The route will take in landmarks such as Edwards Bridge, the James Memorial and St Catherine’s Church.

With the help of Audio Trails Ltd, local experts including Curator of Pontypridd Museum, Brian Davies and vicar of St Catherine’s Church, Marcus Green, have recorded tours and commentaries on the area.

The new tour is just first in a line of audio trails are now in preparation for Llantrisant, Aberdare and the Cwm Hafod Walk in Rhondda.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Robert Bevan said: “This is the latest in a range of initiatives that the Council has set in motion to encourage the exploration of local history. By using new platforms such as MP3 players and web devices we can ensure that the modern world can easily access its heritage.

“With such a rich past, Pontypridd is definitely a town worthy of historical investigation and for modern day heritage lovers the new tour is certain not to disappoint”.

To download the trail visit the website www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk| and click on the audio trails section where the audio files can be downloaded to an MP3 player, a smartphone or listened to through a computer. A map is also available to download.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government, the Valleys Regional Park aims to promote and celebrate the valleys as the Heart and Soul of Wales.

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