Walk the Ystrad Stories Trail and discover the stories inspired by the paintings of Ernest Zobole and the landscape of the Rhondda.
The Ystrad Stories Trail brings all the elements of the Ystrad Stories project together to form an art & story trail through the Rhondda.
The trail has been created by mapping Ernest Zobole’s paintings to specific locations around Ystrad Rhondda. Each location either depicts the actual scene within the painting, such as Llwynypia (c.1953) and Partridge Square, Llwynypia, or is linked more loosely by visual elements within the composition.
Using either the Ystrad Stories iBook or audio guide all the stories and paintings can be experienced within the Rhondda landscape.
Linked together these locations form a 2 mile walk, starting at Partridge Square, Llwynypia, and guiding the walker along the streets of Ystrad Rhondda and up the mountain road to Penrhys. While the trail is suitable for all ages, climbing Penrhys Road may be difficult for some and so you may consider getting a bus to the top instead.
To follow the trail you will need to download either the Ystrad Stories iBook or the audio guide, map and have access to the website.
Ystrad Stories iBook
The Ystrad Stories iBook is designed for Apple iPad/iPhone devices and contains all the paintings, stories and the map. Download the Ystrad Stories iBook for free from the Apple iBook store.
Ystrad Stories audio guide
The audio guide is for non-apple devices such as android smartphones and tablets. You will also need to download the map and have access to the website to view the paintings on the Ystrad Stories page.
Click on the download button (down arrow) to save to your device.
Ystrad Stories map
Right-click on the map to save/download or download the PDF version – Ystrad Stories Map
Remember to download the iBook or audio guide and map before you arrive and bring your headphones.
Please note that the trail goes up the steep Penrhys Road and so suitable footwear is required.
Ystrad Stories takes no responsibility for any accident or injury that may occur while following the trail.