The name Risca dates back to at least the 12th Century and derives from the “yr is cae” meaning “the lower enclosure”, referring to its location at the lower end of the upland areas.

Until the beginning of the 19th Century Risca was almost entirely rural in character. The formation and growth of Risca as an important industrial centre was due primarily to its geological assets, for beneath its lands was one of the most sought after varieties – steam coal – and it was that which attracted early pioneers to the area.

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The mountain top of Twmbarlwm, with its Iron Age hill fort and mote, dominates Risca and some historians have averred that this was a Roman signalling station, as it is easily visible from their camps at Caerleon and Gelligaer.

What to see

Located in the old Risca Workmen’s Hall, Risca Industrial History Museum has many displays illustrating the industrial and social history of the area. These include a fully restored Edwardian chemist’s shop and a wheelwright and blacksmith’s shop. There are also many displays on industrial transport, coal and iron mining and many interesting railway artefacts.

The cycle route travels along the route of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal and offers a chance to discover an array of natural wildlife, whilst enjoying the scenic surroundings.

The bustling retail town centre of Risca is located to the south of the cycle route and is one of the main towns in the Caerphilly County Borough, offering a wide range of goods and services along with a picturesque town centre urban park.

Where to stay

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.

How to get there

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Loops and Link Information

The National Cycle Route takes you along the scenic canal tow-path and offers a number of direct ‘links’ into the nearby village and its numerous facilities. Each ‘link’ presents a more downhill municipal route from the main National Cycle Network – Route 47.

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