Slow Ways linking Blackwood and Abertillery, Bargoed, Newbridge (Wales), Pengam, Pontllan-fraith, Ystrad Mynach
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Pioneer me||Distance 6km/4mi||Ascent 114m||Descent 123m|
||Review me||Distance 5km/3mi||Ascent 96m||Descent 101m|
||Double check||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 339m||Descent 290m|
||Review me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 364m||Descent 320m|
||Review me||Distance 5km/3mi||Ascent 99m||Descent 169m|
||Verify me||Distance 2km/1mi||Ascent 55m||Descent 17m|
||Verify me||Distance 4km/2mi||Ascent 95m||Descent 78m|
||Review me||Distance 7km/4mi||Ascent 105m||Descent 164m|
59% of Blackwood’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
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4 people have surveyed a route in Blackwood
44km out of 51km have been walked and reviewed
49km of reviews have been shared in Blackwood
Bargoed Woodland Park really is a gem and most of this walk is within this park. Photo 1 - View across the Rhymney Valley from Bargoed Photo 2 - The northern end of Bargoed Woodland Park...
After crossing Blackwood High Street and leaving behind the hussle and bustle of the town, the path crosses the River Sirhowy (Photo 1) and passes through a housing estate, before crossing the A4048 road (take care here as there is no dedicated crossing place). The walk through these lanes gives some lovely views across the fields to Pentwynmawr and Newbridge (Photo 4), The path then crosses more fields (Photo 5), before descending into the top end of Newbridge....
It then opens up into a meadow (Photo 3), which is part of the Sir Harold Finch Memorial Park. After crossing the busy Blackwood Road / Libanus Road junction, the path leads through another small park (Photo 4), after which it`s just a short stretch through the back streets to Blackwood bust station....
The other area of note is the area around bridge over the River Rhymney (Photos 4 and 5) and the path leading up to the main road in Pengam. Most of this route is suitable for wheels, but the stretch after the bridge over the River Rhymney is fairly steep and uneven with steps at the top....
grifftinfoilhat surveyed Blapon oneWalk this route
grifftinfoilhat surveyed Penbla oneWalk this route
Short, practical, unremarkable walk linking Blackwood and Pontllanfraith....
It was never going to be the prettiest of walks, very urban through housing estates etc....
grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystbla oneWalk this route
grifftinfoilhat surveyed Blaabe twoWalk this route
grifftinfoilhat surveyed BlackwoodView facilities
The public rights of way on the OS map do not match what actually happens on the ground and you end up following a track that leads through someone's garden, definitely private land....
grifftinfoilhat added Blaabe two, a new walk from Blackwood to AbertilleryWalk this route
Lovely walk along several old railway lines which I did from Abertillery to Blackwood....
Lovely walk crossing Hengoed viaduct and then following river walk from Pontallanfraith into Blackwood. Nice and easy, mostly paved for the whole way....
Slow Ways added Barbla one, a new walk from Bargoed to BlackwoodWalk this route
Slow Ways added Barbla two, a new walk from Bargoed to BlackwoodWalk this route
Slow Ways added Blaabe one, a new walk from Blackwood to AbertilleryWalk this route
Slow Ways added Blacnew one, a new walk from Blackwood to Newbridge (Wales)Walk this route
Slow Ways added Blapon one, a new walk from Blackwood to Pontllan-fraithWalk this route
Slow Ways added Penbla one, a new walk from Pengam to BlackwoodWalk this route
Slow Ways added Ystbla one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to BlackwoodWalk this route
Blackwood’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.66518° / -3.19590°
Easting / Northing
317,386E / 196,944N
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