Introduction

Are you new to cycling? Do you wonder where you can cycle safely and what the conditions are like? Why not try one of our routes? We specialise in short, mainly traffic-free excursions that utilise The National Cycle Network in the Southeast Valleys of Wales.

WALES HERITAGE SERIES
Winding House Heritage Ride


Including: Hengoed to New Tredegar
Distance: 13 miles (round-trip)
Travel Time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Ride Level: Intermediate



Overview:
The Winding House Museum in New Tredegar is a museum built directly on the the former site of Elliot Colliery. The centre piece being the original Victorian winding engine which was used to transport men and coal between the surface and the mine below.


Exhibitions in the museum run year-round and include relative historical objects focusing on the lives and culture of the Valleys of Wales, unique and personal photographic displays of people and architecture, and even creative crafts, local historic talks, and gallery trails.

Additionally, the museum hosts a gift shop, a coffee shop, and a heritage research centre.

This fascinating museum in Caerphilly County Borough has been voted one of the top 10 museums in Wales and has been judged as one of the top 20 family friendly museums in all of Britain. Currently, the museum is also in the running for the UK’s biggest museum prize, the Kids in Museums’ “Family Friendly Museum Award”.

Route Description:
The ride begins and ends at the Hengoed Train Station. Approximately 3/4's of the ride is on traffic-free walking & cycling paths. However, there is a short section at the beginning that travels along a narrow road with
frequent traffic during rush hours and may not be suitable for children or those uncomfortable riding near cars. This can be easily avoided by starting and ending the ride at the Bargoed Train Station. (Note: this also cuts the distance by a third and changes the difficulty level to "Beginner".)

Starting in Hengoed, the route heads east over the viaduct along NCN Route 47 toward Maesycwmmer. Once across, turn right at the "Wheel of Drams" and head down the zig-zag and continue under the viaduct. The route then travels up Thomas Street/Victoria Road (B4252) to Fleur de Lis.

Travel down the High Street through Fleur de Lis to Ford Road where you will turn right and then IMMEDIATELY turn left onto a small lane. At the end of the lane there is an entrance onto a walking/cycling path. Follow this route through the woods and down another short lane to A469. Left and across the street is a car park with an entrance to the nature reserve. At the back of the car park is the entrance to NCN Route 468.

This section of the ride will follow NCN Route 468 through the nature reserve to Bargoed where you will exit the park just below a petrol station and busy roundabout. Follow the path around the petrol station heading left up a slight hill toward the town centre. At the next roundabout and across from the bus station is a car park. Go through the left side of the car park to find the route turns and descends through a series of zig-zags and re-crosses the Rhymney River. Turn left on the other side of the bridge and follow the path up to Bedwelty Road (B4511). Turn right and continue a very short distance up a hill to a small lane on your left. At the back of this lane NCN 468 continues into the woods along a lovely traffic-free path.

Exiting the woods you will find yourself along side Queens's Road just above New Tredegar. From here you can see the Winding House ahead on the hill. Ride down the very wide and safe traffic-free cycle path down the hill toward New Tredegar and the Winding House Museum. It's that easy. The return trip is exactly as you came.

The approximate travel time is 2 1/2 to 3 hours (including a brief stop and tour of the Winding House Museum in New Tredegar.)

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ROUTE COLOUR KEY:   Traffic-free  Shared Use  Quiet Road  Steep Hill


Winding House Heritage Ride
Location: Hengoed to New Tredegar
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Distance: 13 mi. (round-trip)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Approx. Time: 2.5 - 3 hrs.
Elevation: +520 ft. / -520 ft.
Max. Grade: 7.8%
Avg. Grade: 0.2%


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