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Darran Valley Country Park

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51°43'08"-03°16'25" show decimal

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Darran Valley Country Park
Deri, Glamorgan

Formerly known as Ogilvie Colliery

Much of the country park is built on the spoil heaps and workings of Ogilvie Colliery, which operated in Deri between 1920 and 1975. The colliery's powder store still remains in the park, the restored bulding being one of the few remaining in Wales.

The colliery itself was the last big mine sunk by the The Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Company. It started to experience problems in the late 1960s, and a fire in 1971 helped lead to it's eventual closure.

How to get here:

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Road: M4 - Exit at junction 32 and follow the A470 north. Once past Abercynon, exit to the roundabout and turn right onto the A472, and then turn left at the next roundabout onto the A4054. Turn right into Cardiff Road and then left into Mill Street; at the end of the road, turn left onto the High Street and follow this to Deri. Bear right as you reach Olgivie Terrace into the country park, and the farm path is off to the right. (16.9 miles, 32m) +

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Darran Valley country park

 

Access: publicStatus: partialdot Old Colliery Approach Roaddot

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Photograph taken: 10th January 2009 by David Purkiss

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The Green Death (1)
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Filmed: 12 Mar 1973
The Brigadier and the Doctor arrive at the colliery.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: altereddot "Metabelis 3"dot

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Photograph taken: 10th January 2009 by David Purkiss

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The Green Death (1)
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Filmed: 13 Mar 1973
The TARDIS arrives on Metabelis 3.

 

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Photograph taken: 10th January 2009 by David Purkiss

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The Green Death (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 13 Mar 1973
The Doctor is attacked by a very large flying creature!

 

Other nearby locations:

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Deri Road (The Green Death). No route recorded to this location.

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Troed-y-Rhiw-Jestyn (The Green Death). No route recorded to this location.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Tir-y-felin (The Green Death): 0.97 miles.

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Gelligaer Common (Tooth and Claw, The Day of The Doctor): 1.18 miles.

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The Vicarage (The Eleventh Hour, The Pandorica Opens, The Big Bang): 2.82 miles.

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Bedwellty Pits (The Hungry Earth): 2.88 miles.

Further links about the location:

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Parc Cwm Darran - The country park

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BBC Wales: Coalhouse - Brief history of Ogilvie Colliery

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Moving History - Details of Karl Francis's film "Above Us The Earth", which looked at the closure of the colliery

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Deri and Darran villages - Villages where Ogilvie Colliery used to be.

Related Stories

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The Green Death [12-15 Mar 1973]: The pit / Metabelis 3

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