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This is the thirty-second of a series, the “Caerphilly Collection”, that will explore the whole Borough Council area. This cache is also the second of a subset along the Ebbw Valley Walk. The cache is in a small plastic box. Expect to walk a minimum of a mile, on tracks or field paths that may be wet and muddy in places, with about 120’ of ascent. A circular walk around Coed Trinant offers fine views up, down and across the Ebbw Valley.
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.
CC32 is also in a subset of the main series following the Ebbw Valley Walk (EVW). This 16-mile long distance path links Festival Park, Ebbw Vale, with the Sirhowy Valley Country Park at Black Vein. Caches in this subset are on the southern two thirds of the route that fall within the Caerphilly area. Much of the EVW follows contouring paths high on the western side of the Ebbw Valley, which provide spectacular views of the main valley and the adjacent countryside - but there are also some steep ascents/descents!
This cache is on a loop around a hillside that provides a succession of views of the Ebbw Valley between Aberbeeg and Crumlin. One of these views is shown in the uploaded image. The EVW is not that well defined here, so use of a 1/25000 map is recommended. Since, we are encouraging exploration of the long distance path, we would suggest combining this cache with CC32 and also extending the walk northwards, where there is a spectacular section above the village of Cwm. These two caches could be tackled in a circular walk from Pen-y-fan Pond (convenient also for CC30), utilising the track over Mynydd Pen-y-fan, which offers views to its better-known namesake in the Brecon Beacons. Such a three cache circular walk would be about 7 miles with some 750 feet of ascent.
Nobhg urnq urvtug va pebbx bs gerr, jvgu fgvpx/fgbar pbire naq fuval oynpx fynt znexre!
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