Connect Pengam with Slow Ways

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Pengam

Caerphilly


Slow Ways linking Pengam and Bargoed, Blackwood, Treharris, Ystrad Mynach

Wales / Caerphilly / Pengam

Pengam’s four Slow Ways are 88% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 3/4
and surveyed: 3/4

Help connect Pengam

Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Pengam from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Pengam—Bargoed
Penbar one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 49m Descent 79m
Pengam—Blackwood
Penbla one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 95m Descent 78m
Treharris—Pengam
Trehpen one Verify me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 180m Descent 185m
Ystrad Mynach—Pengam
Ystpen one Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 64m Descent 106m

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Collective progress

94% of Pengam’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

4/4

drawn

4/4

reviewed

4/4

surveyed

3/4

verified

4 people have contributed to Pengam’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Pengam

19km out of 19km have been walked and reviewed

53km of reviews have been shared in Pengam

Latest Updates

The first half being the road from Pengam to Gelligaer and the section along Heol Adam, which is a mountain road, but very busy on the day of my walk....

Paul Chilcott

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The only slight issue is it directs you down a path marked private property at the end of The Rise, but this is easily remedied if you stay on Edward Road and follow the path at the end round...

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Photo 1 - The path up the Nant Cylla valley, Ystrad Mynach...

Paul Chilcott

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As previously mentioned, the GPX is not quite right by the allotments in Pengam, the actual footpath is a little farther up the road...

sftuck

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A bit of care is needed to cross the road at the crossroads at Pengam...

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Takes an older mud-route from Ystrad to Cefn Hengoed, despite the nearby completed tarmac pathway past Cwm Calon. Nevertheless the route is a lot more interesting than that newer one....

Tom Morris

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Although it`s a woodland park, there are lots of glades and meadows and the path alongside the River Rhymney is lovely. Photo 2 - One of several bridges over the River Rhymney Photo 7 - View across the Rhymney Valley from Bargoed...

Paul Chilcott

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Paul Chilcott took this photo on Penbar one

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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....

Paul Chilcott

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Paul Chilcott took this photo on Penbla one

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Penbla one

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It was never going to be the prettiest of walks, very urban through housing estates etc....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Penbla one

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Trehpen one

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Lost a star because of the walk up to Gelligaer from Pengam (which I've never been a fan of) but from Gelligaer onwards the walk is great. No problems with the route, but lots of stiles, kissing gates and mud so not suitable for wheels....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Trehpen one

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Pengam

grifftinfoilhat surveyed Pengam

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystpen one

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Penbar one

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You could make it easier by walking from Bargoed Station to morrisons petrol station down the pavement and joining the route there....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Penbar one

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Good views of the ruins of the old Penally colliery, but two busy crossings of the A469, could be avoided by just walking along the pavement between Pengam and Tir-y-berth but not as nice. When you come out of Pengam station and cross the main road, the route seems to go through the allotments but the public footpath is slightly to the left. Could be easy to miss....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Ystpen one

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Pengam—Bargoed

Slow Ways added Penbar one, a new walk from Pengam to Bargoed

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Pengam—Blackwood

Slow Ways added Penbla one, a new walk from Pengam to Blackwood

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Treharris—Pengam

Slow Ways added Trehpen one, a new walk from Treharris to Pengam

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Ystrad Mynach—Pengam

Slow Ways added Ystpen one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Pengam

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Pengam, Mon 27 May

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Pengam’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

ST1504197526

Lat / Lon

51.67006° / -3.22994°

Easting / Northing

315,041E / 197,526N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Pengam and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Pengam's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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