Part of the mighty Celtic Trail, the ‘Three Parks Trail’ takes in three of Wales’ picturesque parks. Starting from the Sirhowy Valley Country Park near Crosskeys, the route takes you over Hengoed’s impressive 16 arch listed viaduct. Look out for ‘The Wheel of Drams’ on your way - an 8m high artwork and well known landmark that represents an industrial age gone by.
Continuing along the valley you pass through Parc Penallta, carved from a former coal pit. From the High Point Observatory you can enjoy spectacular views across Caerphilly county borough. Make sure to look out for Sultan the Pit Pony, the UK’s largest figurative earth sculpture.
At Trelewis you leave National Route 47 and follow 476 to Parc Taff Bargoed, formally a large coal mining area. The once black river is now a haven for dippers and wagtails, and the green river banks provide the perfect picnicking spot. The route also passes Trelewis Climbing Centre, which offers a range of activities from indoor climbing to kayaking and orienteering. Alternatively, follow route 47 to Quakers Yard where you will join the fabulous Taff Trail.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.