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This is the twenty-seventh of a series, the “Caerphilly Collection”, that will explore the whole Borough Council area. This cache is also the fifth (and last) of a subset along the Sirhowy Valley Walk. Getting to the cache, in a small screw top tub, will involve an overall walk of about 2 miles with 300’ of ascent. Whichever approach you choose, expect to encounter some steep, rough, wet and muddy sections.
The Caerphilly Collection is distinguished with a unique CC number and is made up of 50 caches. The caches vary in difficulty and type and usually have other “C” word connections – castle, cheese, coal, canal, etc. There may even be Cryptic Clues for Clever Clogs! The current Caerphilly unitary authority grew out of the former Rhymney Valley and Islwyn Councils and stretches from the outskirts of Cardiff and Newport in the south to the Brecon Beacons, north of Rhymney. Despite a past dominated by coal and heavy industry, it has a diverse history and varied and dramatic scenery. We hope you will enjoy exploring it with us.
Towards the end of the Collection is CC48 The Accumulator, the location of which is given in coded form. The translation details of the code are distributed around the whole Collection, but only about a third of the caches will contain a piece of the code, which is on the back of the Log Book. To do the Accumulator, you will need to keep a note of each piece of code that you find. Unless you are very lucky, you will need to find the majority of the Collection in order to do the Accumulator. The Accumulator cache is hidden in an area of difficult terrain and demanding navigation, with a 5,4½ rating.
CC27 is the last in a subset of the main series following the Sirhowy Valley Walk (SVW). This 26-mile long distance path links Tredegar House, in Newport, with the Nye Bevan Memorial Stones, which are just above the Sirhowy area of Tredegar. Caches in this subset are on the middle two thirds of the route that fall within the Caerphilly area and also avoid the section where this walk almost duplicates parts of the Raven Walk and Rhymney Valley Ridgeway. The Walk name does not seem entirely appropriate, since it extends someway south of the confluence of the Sirhowy with the Ebbw. Those expecting a gentle stroll along the valley bottom would also be surprised!
Halfway, the cache name, in this case describes its relationship with Wyllie and Ynysddu, on the Sirhowy Valley Walk – rather an unfair way of achieving our objective of encouraging people to use the long distance path. If you have decided to do the whole long distance path over two days, then this is also about the mid point of the whole walk. Roadside parking should not be a problem at either village and the walk to the cache will take you through varied woodland and provide some fine glimpses of the Sirhowy Valley. GPS reception may be poor at the cache location, but a good fix should be possible from 10-15 metres away. Because the SV and Raven Walks combine at Ynysddu, this cache could be conveniently linked with CC17, doubling the overall distance, with only a little extra ascent. If you want a more challenging walk, tack on CC18 and CC4, perhaps arranging transport to each end of a linear route.
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