The name probably comes from the first inn to be opened in the area, the Crosskeys Inn, which is now the Crosskeys Hotel. Prior to the Inn being built the area was known as Pontycymer.
Crosskeys developed into a village during the latter part of the 19th Century, due to the various working collieries in the vicinity. These collieries resulted in thousands of workers immigrating into the area from both West Wales and the West of England. The nearby rich ‘Blackvein’ seam was found to be extremely gassy and there were a number of major explosions during its operation.
The confluence of the River Ebbw and river Sirhowy occurs at Crosskeys, on the southern edge of Waunfawr Park.
There are a number of recreational resources within and near to Crosskeys. Within the village there is the picturesque Waunfawr Park, with the River Ebbw running alongside. The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal also runs through the village, with cycling/walking access along it’s scenic towpath.
Sirhowy Valley Country Park is a great base for walking or cycling. Take a gentle stroll along the former railway track (it’s flat!) or ramble down through the Flatwoods Meadows Local Nature Reserve alongside the Sirhowy River. You can visit the recently restored Penllwyn Tramroad Bridge complete with original stone sleepers. Those on two wheels can cycle in safely to Parc Penallta and beyond in the west or south to Newport.
Also nearby is the Cwmcarn Forest Drive, a 7-mile scenic route through the rolling hills and green mountains of one of the country’s largest urban forests.
Cwmcarn Forest Drive Campsite at the foot of the drive has campsite pitches with electric hook-ups and on-site facilities. For further accommodation information please go to the Visit Caerphilly website.
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Within this area the National Cycle Network – Route 47 runs through the village via a picturesque route within Waunfawr Park. The cycleway is linked to Crosskeys to give direct access to the village and it’s amenities. There is also a wider ’Loop’ that provides a route linking Crosskeys with the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal and the nearby village of Pontywaun.
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