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Carved from a former coal tip, Penallta offers the visitor spectacular views across the county borough from the High Point Observatory.
You won’t be able to miss ‘Sultan’ the pit pony, one of the UK’s largest figurative earth sculptures. Three waymarked trails guide visitors though a variety of woodland and grasslands.
Take a stroll through Penallta Marsh, dotted with anthills and see if you can spot the butterflies or enjoy the boardwalk and willow tunnel in the wetlands area. The Countryside Collector Trail offers a fun way for children to discover the park's wildlife. The park is dotted with sculptures, which the Audio Trail will help you discover.
For fishermen there are two fishing lakes that are stocked with a variety of coarse fish. Fishing is free to members of clubs affiliated to the 'River Rhymney Federation of Angling Clubs' or day tickets can be purchased from Angling stores or post offices.
For those who wish to explore further afield the park offers a great starting point. Cyclists can get onto Route 47 of the National Cycle Network and cycle in safety to Sirhowy Valley Country Park in the East or join up with the Taff Trail in the West.
Walkers can follow the eight mile 'Escape to Eglwysilan Common walk' or the much longer 27 mile 'Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk'.
There is a small education / visitor centre that can be booked by visiting groups. Please call Parc Penallta on 01443 816853 for further information.
These are a fantastic way to discover more about your local countryside.
There are waymarked trails and many unmarked tracks around Parc Penallta for you to enjoy. Dotted along these tracks and trails are ten, easy to find, numbered posts, each with the name of a creature or plant that is found in that part of the park. As you find the posts, just write the name of the creature or plant in your album next to the correct number. There’s a map included in the booklet to help you find your way.
Once you’ve collected at least FIVE names, send us a stamped addressed envelope (don’t send your album) with your completed card claim form and we’ll send you your free collector cards; the address is on the back of the book.
Remember, you’ll need to fill out the questionnaire to qualify for your cards.
Each time you come to the park you can collect more cards by exploring different parts of the park and finding more posts.
There are three parks to visit and three books to complete – collect all 30 cards!
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By Bus: Service C16 - Caerphilly to Nelson, Service C17 - Bargoed to Caerphilly
By car: Follow the brown tourist sign from the Tredomen roundabout on the A472 at Ystrad Mynach. The entrance and car park is located midway between Ystrad Mynach and Gelligaer on Penalltau Road.
By train: From Ystrad Mynach station follow the access road to the A472. Turn left and walk 100m along the road. The park is signposted on the other side of the road. From Hengoed Station follow Route 47 - The Celtic Trail for 2 miles west to Parc Penallta.
By bike: Route 47 - The Celtic Trail - runs through the park.
Please call Parc Penallta on 01443 816853 for further information.
E-mail the Countryside and Landscape Service to request a free Parc Penallta leaflet.