Starting in Caerphilly, this town is famous for its imposing leaning castle as well as its namesake cheese. Caerphilly's castle is the second largest in the UK only beaten by Windsor.
From the hustle and bustle of town life, this route transports you to tranquil green fields and blue bell-carpeted woods with protected wildlife sites. A perfect setting for a picnic, it's hard to imagine this area was once at the centre of heavy-duty coal production.
This traffic-free pathway running alongside the B4263 winds on to Abertridwr - one of two sleepy towns nestling in the Aber Valley and brimming with industrial history. Contained in Abertridwr Heritage Park are the ghostly remains of the former Windsor Colliery and a reminder of the human cost of its industrial might.
Just four years after the mine opened in 1898 six men perished after drowning in 25 foot of water. But the site of one of Britain's worst-ever mining disaster is yet to come on this route. At the Senghenydd site of the Universal Colliery, 439 men and boys lost their lives after an explosion tore it apart in 1913. There are a memorial and a museum commemorating this and other disasters in the village. It is worth riding or walking this route to fit in with opening hours at the Aber Valley Heritage Centre and Museum in Senghenydd Community Centre.
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