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Slow Ways linking Ynysddu and Caerphilly, Pontllan-fraith, Risca, Ystrad Mynach

Wales / Caerphilly / Ynysddu

Ynysddu’s four Slow Ways are 75% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 2/4
and surveyed: 2/4

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Walk to Ynysddu from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Caerphilly—Ynysddu
Caeyny one

Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 287m Descent 288m
Caerphilly—Ynysddu
Caeyny two Enjoy me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 332m Descent 330m
Ynysddu—Pontllan-fraith
Ynypon one Verify me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 57m Descent 94m
Ynysddu—Risca
Ynyris one Pioneer me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 340m Descent 393m
Ynysddu—Risca
Ynyris two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 261m Descent 314m
Ystrad Mynach—Ynysddu
Ystyny one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 182m Descent 199m
Ystrad Mynach—Ynysddu
Ystyny two Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 259m Descent 276m

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Collective progress

64% of Ynysddu’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

6/7

reviewed

3/7

surveyed

2/7

verified

4 people have contributed to Ynysddu’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Ynysddu

45km out of 54km have been walked and reviewed

92km of reviews have been shared in Ynysddu

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Paul Chilcott took this photo on Caeyny two

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A good route out of town through Landsbury Park, then just a short section along the busy and noisy Distributor Road, before peace and calm is restored on Old Bedwas Road. After the section through Bedwas village and the old mine workings area, Ty Canol Lane is a good test of the lungs....

Paul Chilcott

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Nice walk from Caerphilly that starts off in the town centre, so you can take a look around the castle if you want before heading on. The route is clearly marked by signs along most of the route through the town. Once you get to Ty-Canol Lane get ready for the gentle walk to get pretty steep though as you will be climbing up non-stop until you hit the ridge line and the cairn up top....

Philip Jones

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It covers part of the Sirhowy Valley Walk, the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk and the Taff Vale Extension path. Leaving Ynysddu and passing through the tunnel under the railway line cycle path, there is a steep climb up to the Sirhowy Valley Walk, which at this point passes through woodland and forestry, steadily climbing upwards. The first part of the walk is not suitable for wheeling, due to the rough ground (in parts) and kissing gates, but the section along the cycle path from Maesycwmmer to Ystrad Mynach is good for wheels of all types....

Paul Chilcott

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A short and easy walk along the Sirhowy Valley Country Park path, but also taking in Gelligroes Mill and the Tram Road, which takes you into Pontllanfraith....

Paul Chilcott

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After a short walk through Risca from the station, the path goes under the A467 by-pass to Dan-y-Graig and through a small nature reserve (Photos 1 & 2). However, the path out of the reserve was blocked, so I went back down on to the lane, turned right and followed Tir-y-Cwm Lane right to the end, then turned right at the junction with the lane coming up from Ochrwyth....

Paul Chilcott

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Paul Chilcott took this photo on Ynyris two

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1) Leaving Bedwas, when you leave the road just past the church, there are 2 paths. On the OS map it looks like you should veer right towards the houses but instead take the left fork. There’s a network of footpaths following an embankment - try and stick to the north side of it until Tŷ-Canol Lane. 2) There are several unmarked bike trails in the forest above Ynysddu, which makes map-reading tricky As long as you head downhill, you can’t get seriously lost....

MaddyT

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This route is easy to navigate and follows good paths....

MaddyT

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ynypon one

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Takes you past Gelligroes mill where the SOS signal from the Titanic was picked up and then down the old railway line to Ynysddu. Some nice views over the Sirhowy valley....

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystyny two

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Caeyny two

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Ynysddu

grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ynysddu

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I've uploaded a new route that shows the route I eventually did to get through, takes a bit longer but I couldn't see any alternative. Also, the new route avoids Lansbury Park, one of Wales' most notorious housing estates....

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Caerphilly—Ynysddu

grifftinfoilhat added Caeyny two, a new walk from Caerphilly to Ynysddu

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The climb out of Ynysddu is very steep and can get very muddy but worth it for views across the channel to Somerset. The area is very popular with trial bikes and scramblers who go downhill at ridiculous speeds. You can hear them coming a mile off but be aware....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Caeyny two

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It remains a public right of way on the OS map, but no longer appears on the caerphilly council definitive map. There's pretty definitive No Entry and No Right of Way signs up there too, so I wouldn't recommend trying it. I've created another route that uses the nearby Manager's Lane down to Wyllie that then joins the Sirhowy valley walk to Ynysddu....

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Ystrad Mynach—Ynysddu

grifftinfoilhat added Ystyny two, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Ynysddu

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The walk takes you over the mighty Hengoed viaduct to Maesycwmmer then through the meadows and over the mountain following the Rhymney Valley ridgeway path....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Ystyny two

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Caerphilly—Ynysddu

Slow Ways added Caeyny one, a new walk from Caerphilly to Ynysddu

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Ynysddu—Pontllan-fraith

Slow Ways added Ynypon one, a new walk from Ynysddu to Pontllan-fraith

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Ynysddu—Risca

Slow Ways added Ynyris one, a new walk from Ynysddu to Risca

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Ynysddu—Risca

Slow Ways added Ynyris two, a new walk from Ynysddu to Risca

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Ystrad Mynach—Ynysddu

Slow Ways added Ystyny one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Ynysddu

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Ynysddu, Thu 30 May

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Ynysddu’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

ST1793692772

Lat / Lon

51.62776° / -3.18697°

Easting / Northing

317,936E / 192,772N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Ynysddu'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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