The upper Golden Valley is an area of outstanding landscape significance which is recognised as such both nationally and internationally.
It is of considerable historic interest featuring, amongst other works, in the diaries of Francis Kilvert. The views over the valley from the Merbach are surely amongst the beautiful but sensitive in all the United Kingdom – sensitive because its beauty could so easily be destroyed by wrongful development.
The nearby Neolithic burial chamber known as ‘Arthur’s Stone’ was located at its unrivalled position some five thousand years ago because of it spectacular and commanding location.
It is thus no surprise that this area has become renowned worldwide for its magical beauty and attracts thousands of visitors, local, national, and international, who in turn support the local economy. It cannot be emphasised too strongly how commercial and industrial development in the form of chicken rearing sheds would spoil, more likely sabotage, this wonderful landscape for our own and future generations.