Amman Valley Trotting Track
The cottage is within a few minutes walk of the Amman
Valley Trotting Club, and is ideal accommodation if you
are attending any of the twelve or so harness race meetings
which are held here every year.
If you enjoy horse riding, this is good horse country
(you will see horses on the hills behind the cottage) and
there are various riding stables and equestrian centres
within a short drive of the cottage with plenty of lovely
countryside to explore on horseback. There is riding for
all skill-levels, so if you don't ride, this could be the
perfect time to learn.
The Amman Valley Trotting Club is a community-led enterprise
which provides a purpose-built, half-mile, all weather
trotting track, one of only two in Wales. Created and
run by local harness racing enthusiasts. Everything is
done by volunteers with all monies used on upkeep and improvement.
Situated in the village of Tairgwaith, near Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen,
within a short walk of Cwmgors, the track was built
on the reclaimed site of two coal slag heaps, spoil from
the Maerdy and Steer deep mines. Amman Valley Trotting
Club promote on average twelve harness race meetings
a year, with harness racing enthusiasts travel from all
over Great Britain & Ireland to race at Amman Valley. The
track is well supported by local people and plays it part
in visitors/tourists etc.
Many visitors including local
and national celebrities attend race meetings here;
this helps to promote harness racing and puts the small
coal-mining village of Tairgwaith firmly on the map.
The club have recently been awarded funding from various
bodies including the Welsh Development Agency, Neath Port
Talbot County Borough Council and Amman Valley Enterprises
to redevelop the site into one of the premier trotting
race tracks in the United Kingdom.
Amman Valley Trotting Club
Tel: 07909 698309