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Pontypool RFC, Pontypool

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Pontypool Park is a 150acre park containing predominantly mature trees with some open meadowland, and located in Pontypool in south Wales. The park was formerly the grounds of Pontypool House and was laid out in the closing years of the 17th century for Major John Hanbury, the local ironmaster, who is closely associated with Japanware. The grounds were purchased by the local authority in 1920, while the estate house was leased, and later sold, to the Sisters of the Holy Ghost to become St. Alban's RC High School.LocationThe park occupies a large area to the east of Pontypool town centre. The main park starts at Pontymoile Gates near New Inn and Pontymoile Basin, and finishes to the north close to St Alban's RC High School and Pontypool Museum (formerly the Hanbury's family house). To the east it rises to a Folly Tower and a Shell Grotto. Its western border follows the Afon Lwyd river and Pontypool Leisure Centre, and Italian Gardens are located close to the western periphery. The park has footpaths leading into the Brecon Beacons National Park and to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. A national cycle route also runs through the park.
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  • This is one of the best parks in the UK. It has a leisure centre, ski slope and a rugby ground. It is a beautiful place and open to the public, with almost no restriction. It is at its best in spring,...  more »
  • Lovely park, reasonably well maintained. Shame it is used for dog exercising with virtually no dog o n a lead and all of them seemingly free to use the place as a toilet while their disinterested owne...  more »
  • What a beautiful landscaped Park , well maintained and obviously looked after . Take a leisurely walk around the pond , walk up to Ski Slope and then why not go for a coffee in the Leisure Centre situ...  more »
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