The name Cwmfelinfach comes from a small flannel mill that once stood close to the river. The mill was powered by water from the Nant Draenog, which was used for many local baptisms during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
The village owes its origin to the sinking of the colliery in 1902. The colliery was originally called Coronation Colliery, after the coronation of
King Edward VII, but later changed its name to Nine Mile Point. The caps sealing off the three mine shafts can still be seen.
Nine mile point takes its name from the old tram road running from Newport to Tredegar. Working from Newport the Monmouthshire Canal Company built the first eight miles of the tram road. However, the next mile ran through Sir Charles Morgan’s Tredegar Park and he insisted on building the tram road on his land. The Canal company’s eight miles and Morgan’s one add up to nine hence the name Nine Mile Point.
The National Cycle Route travels through the spectacular scenery of the Sirhowy Valley Country Park, passing Ynys Hywel Farm. The nearby former Presbyterian Chapel, ‘Capel y Babel’, which dates back to 1827, is important historically because of its links with the famous Welsh Bard Islwyn. Islwyn was the bardic name of William Thomas, who took his nom-de-plume from the nearby mountain of Mynyddislwyn. Islwyn is buried in the cemetery at the chapel, where there is also a monument in appreciation of his work.
Caerphilly County Borough has a wide range of accommodation for visitors including hotels, inns, B & Bs, guesthouses and self-catering cottages. For further information please go to the Visit Caerphilly website.
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Within this particular area there is ‘link’ and a loop from the National Cycle Route. The link takes you past the historic Capel y Babel to the village and it’s facilities. The ‘loop’ allows access between the village and Ynysddu along the picturesque Sirhowy Valley River. The National Cycle Route travels through the spectacular scenery
of the Sirhowy Valley Country Park.
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