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This is the thirty-ninth of a series, the “Caerphilly Collection”, that will explore the whole Borough Council area. The cache is in a medium size plastic lunch box. Expect to walk about 3 miles, mainly on reasonable tracks that may be wet and muddy in places in poor weather, with about 200’ of ascent. Although on open moorland above 1000’, the perimeter boundary is kept within sight, so navigation should not raise problems.
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.
Mynydd Llwyd is on Mynydd Maen Common, the most easterly area of Caerphilly Borough, and the cache is on the hillside overlooking the dramatic cleft of Cwm y Glyn, which the main road linking Crumlin and Pontypool follows. The suggested parking spot is at N 51 40.558 W 003 06.380. When this cache was being planned, we were in cloud and drizzle but, if you pick a better day, you can have an undemanding walk offering glimpses into Cwm y Glyn and with views over the valleys to north and west.
If you want a more strenuous exploration of Mynydd Maen Common, this cache could be combined with CC40 in a walk of some 8½ miles, including some rough, trackless moorland, and about 700’ of ascent.
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