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 but now it's one of Merthyr's little known gems. Parc Taf Bargoed. The once black river is now a haven for dippers and wagtails, and the green riverbanks 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.
The three Parks Trail is 13 miles long and takes about an hour to complete cycling.
The Celtic Trail
It’s a uniquely varied route. The railway paths of the Valleys give way to the winding lanes of Carmarthenshire. At one end is the city of Newport; at the other, tiny St David’s.
The industry of the valleys, the castles of Chepstow and Caerphilly, or the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast? The Celtic Trail offers all this – and much more that you’ve never heard of.