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Ystrad Mynach

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Slow Ways linking Ystrad Mynach and Abercynon, Blackwood, Caerphilly, Pengam, Pontllan-fraith, Treharris, Ynysddu

Wales / Caerphilly / Ystrad Mynach

Ystrad Mynach’s seven Slow Ways are 100% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 7/7
and surveyed: 7/7

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Walk to Ystrad Mynach from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Abercynon—Ystrad Mynach
Abeyst one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 197m Descent 160m
Treharris—Ystrad Mynach
Treyst one Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 48m Descent 90m
Ystrad Mynach—Blackwood
Ystbla one Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 105m Descent 164m
Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly
Ystcae one

Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 294m Descent 280m
Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly
Ystcae two Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 268m Descent 286m
Ystrad Mynach—Pengam
Ystpen one Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 64m Descent 106m
Ystrad Mynach—Pontllan-fraith
Ystpon one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 133m Descent 119m
Ystrad Mynach—Pontllan-fraith
Ystpon two Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
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

88% of Ystrad Mynach’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

10/10

reviewed

8/10

surveyed

7/10

verified

5 people have contributed to Ystrad Mynach’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

9 people have surveyed a route in Ystrad Mynach

72km out of 72km have been walked and reviewed

207km of reviews have been shared in Ystrad Mynach

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Easy to follow but a bit tiresome walking alongside a busy road for quite a way. The viaduct is impressive...

sftuck

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

Paul Chilcott

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The only down side of this walk is the part alongside the busy A472 road, until it reaches the former railway line part of the path at Maesycwmmer, then leading over Hengoed viaduct and on into Ystrad Mynach....

Paul Chilcott

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After crossing the main A472 road the footpath is signposted to start with, but then nothing after that, except for a couple of waymarks at Whitehall Farm, so you need to follow the map carefully. After Whitehall Farm, the main problem for me was that there are farm gates everywhere, so it was easy to go wrong, which I did several times, but eventually found my way through the maze and out on to the lane....

Paul Chilcott

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The route looks suitable for cycling with mountain or trail bikes (maybe not a road bike though), but the mountain track is fairly rough in places, as is the Heol Pont y Seison footpath leading from Penallta Park before it turns into the lane after crossing the A472 road. Also, the bridge over the A468/469 road at the bottom end of Court Road leading into Caerphilly is now open again (one of the changes from Ystcae1). Photo 3 - The mountain ridge track...

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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but nice walk there, maybe a bit muddy or uneven underfoot but relatively flat, no steps. A little muddy but mostly flat and well surfaced....

Tom Morris

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Follow this path out to the road (there is a barrier to hop unfortunately) and then follow the road all the way up....

Tom Morris

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Once you get past the farm, it gets much easier, basically following a track along the ridge and then making your way through Caerphilly to the station....

sftuck

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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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As long as you stick exactly to the route provided, it's fine, as the shooting shoots away from the path towards coal tip....

Tom Morris

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystcae two

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Fancied a walk over the top to caerphilly again on a crisp beautiful January afternoon but didn't relish the thought of scrambling up through the farm....

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Photo 1 - The path through Parc Penallta Photo 4 - Bridge over the Bargoed Taff at Treharris...

Paul Chilcott

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The highlight of the walk is the Hengoed Viaduct - worth taking some time out to explore it from underneath from Hengoed station....

Paul Chilcott

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

MaddyT

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Treyst one

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Nice easy route on paved cycle path. Very accessible and pleasant walk through Parc Penallta....

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1) I couldn’t find the footpath leading uphill from the A4054 (just above Abercynon) so I stayed on the main road until the junction with the quiet road that twists up the hill....

MaddyT

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This is an easy route, mostly along a wide, paved cycle route. No access issues....

MaddyT

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From the farm to Caerphilly I give this route 3 stars, or 4 stars with less fly tipping on the ridgeway....

MaddyT

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Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly

MaddyT added Ystcae two, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Caerphilly

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystbla one

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Lovely walk crossing Hengoed viaduct and then following river walk from Pontallanfraith into Blackwood. Nice and easy, mostly paved for the whole way....

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Crosses Gelligroes roundabout instead of using footbridge....

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Practical route connecting Ystrad Mynach and Pontllanfraith. Nothing amazing, but you do get to cross the impressive Hengoed viaduct....

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystyny 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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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Abeyst one

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Nice route that follows paved off road cycle path from Ystrad Mynach to Nelson....

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystpen 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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Ystrad Mynach—Pontllan-fraith

grifftinfoilhat added Ystpon two, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Pontllan-fraith

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystcae one

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Ystrad Mynach

grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystrad Mynach

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My experience of walking between Caerphilly and Ystrad Mynach mainly stems from my teenage self frequently missing the college bus and slogging it up the road through Llanbradach. Navigation wise it is pretty simple from now on, you are pretty much walking in a dead straight line to Caerphilly. Then it's just a short walk through the town to the train station....

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Abercynon—Ystrad Mynach

Slow Ways added Abeyst one, a new walk from Abercynon to Ystrad Mynach

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Treharris—Ystrad Mynach

Slow Ways added Treyst one, a new walk from Treharris to Ystrad Mynach

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Ystrad Mynach—Blackwood

Slow Ways added Ystbla one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Blackwood

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Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly

Slow Ways added Ystcae one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Caerphilly

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Ystrad Mynach—Pengam

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

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Ystrad Mynach—Pontllan-fraith

Slow Ways added Ystpon one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Pontllan-fraith

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Ystrad Mynach—Ynysddu

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

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Ystrad Mynach’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

ST1418894385

Lat / Lon

51.64170° / -3.24150°

Easting / Northing

314,188E / 194,385N

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Facilities

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

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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