Discover the fantastic countryside of Caerphilly county borough on foot. There are several trail guides available and more are currently being developed. Please keep visiting these pages for more information.
You can download the walking guides for free from the internet or, except for "Escape to... " series and " Get going" walking guides, you can purchase a hard copy from either Pontllanfraith House reception, Cwm Carn Forest Drive Visitor Centre, Llancaiach Fawr or Caerphilly County Borough Visitor centre based in Caerphilly for £3 a copy.
The Gren Way
The Gren Way is a 3 mile circular walk between the villages of Hengoed and Fleur-de-lis that allows the walker to takes in iconic views of valleys life.
Grenfell 'Gren' Jones was a cartoonist and satirist of South Wales Valleys life and this walk takes in some of his famous images, including tightly packed terraced streets, chapels, locals pubs and even passes over a tall viaduct, you might even spot a 'woolly' character or two along the way.
The Rhymney Valley Riverside Walk
The Rhymney Riverside Walk is a 32-mile linear walk, which winds along the floor of the Rhymney Valley, following the river from its headwaters to the southern plains. The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
Sirhowy Valley Walk
A challenging 27-mile linear way-marked walk from Newport
to Tredegar with spectacular views of the Sirhowy Valley.
A challenging 12 mile circular walk around the Ebbw and Sirhowy Valleys. Great views across the Bristol Channel and north to the Brecon Beacons. The original leaflet is available by post only - a new version is being produced at the moment.
Rhymney River Circular Walk
The Rhymney River Circular Walk is a nine-mile circular walk around the lower Rhymney Valley. The short climbs through dappled woodland reward the walker with panoramic views of the valley floor and the archaeological heritage of the area.
Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk
A walk around the Caerphilly Basin across the Rhymney Valley. The walk follows countryside paths, rural lanes, through Beech woodland and across panoramic mountain tops. Leaflet available by post.
Glamorgan Ridgeway Walk
The Glamorgan Ridgeway walk is a 27 mile linear route along the southern edge of the South Wales Coalfield running from Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot, through spectacular upland and valley scenery to Caerphilly Castle.
Alien Invasion Trail
A short children's walk around Pen-y-fan Pond Country Park. Discover the 8 aliens lurking in the park and work out who the hidden ninth is and win a badge! Ask for a leaflet at the kiosk (summer only) or by post throughout the year.
5 to 8 mile circular walks in Caerphilly County Borough.
Each route is waymarked with an Escape to…arrow and each route makes a great day's walk. The routes are described assuming you are walking in a clockwise direction, apart form Escape to…Mynydd Machen. Public transport information included on the maps but please check times by contacting the travel operator before you begin your journey. The weather in the valleys can be changeable so you'll need waterproofs and stout footwear.
There are plenty of pubs and shops along the routes or close by but it's always advisable to take food and plenty to drink. Please follow the countryside code as you walk and remember to take your camera and binoculars.
The following six walks have been selected by local ramblers and Countryside staff to show you the best of the county brough:
A series of 2 to 5 mile community walks, all calorie counted and designed to get you back into the walking habit.
Machen Forge trail
A three mile circular walk around the quiet village and countryside of Machen. Discover the hidden past through local people's reminiscences.
Machen was forged from iron and coal. It's peace today belies its hot and fiery past. Follow the Machen Forge Trail around the villages of Machen and Waterloo and the peaceful countryside of the Rhymney Valley. Step into the past and discover the people who made Machen.
We have created a map and route directions which will allow you to follow the Machen Forge Trail without getting lost.
E-mail the Countryside and Landscape Service to request a free Trail Guide.