The picturesque hamlet of Gelligroes meaning “the grove at the crossroads” is largely a woodland area consisting of a handful of properties.
During the 18th and 19th century, the village consisted mainly of a local school, chapel, tram road, railway line and the corn mill. Although the school and tram road cease to exist the Siloh Chapel and Gelligroes Mill still remain and the old railway line now forms part of the National Cycle Network – Route 47.
Gelligroes Mill picked up the first distress signal from the ill-fated Titanic on Artie Moore’s homemade receiver.
Take a look at the Mill, which was probably built in the early 17th Century and is situated on the east bank of the Sirhowy River. The Mill was powered by water from the river. In 1908 a water-powered generator was fitted in the Mill, providing it and the mill house opposite with an electricity supply. This preceded the supply of mains electricity to the area by around seventeen years. The Mill now has a radio museum and a candle-making workshop, which has a Royal Warrant to make candles for Prince Charles.
Nearby is the spectacular scenery of the Sirhowy Valley Country Park, which is a great base for walking or cycling and where you can enjoy local nature reserves and wildlife.
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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The National Cycle Route runs through the quaint village of Gelligroes along the former railway line and the short link off the route takes you into the village. The route traverses down the road past Siloh Chapel and towards the 17th Century Mill.
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