‘Ystrad’ means a wide flat-bottomed valley and ‘Mynach’ is Welsh for monk. The reason for the name is not known, as currently there is no evidence of a monastery existing in the area.
There is however a curious folktale about the place name. A monk was forced to flee from Caerphilly Castle after it became known that he was having a relationship with the daughter of the French family living at the castle at the time. He was captured, sentenced to death and hung from a tree in the valley, the area becoming known as ‘Monks Valley’ or in Welsh ‘Ystrad Mynach’.
Ystrad Mynach railway station was a location for one of Ronnie Barker’s Porridge episodes.
The bustling retail town of Ystrad Mynach is located centrally within Caerphilly County Borough. The town offers a wide variety of shops with good bus/rail links to Cardiff. It also boasts a number of vibrant and imaginative pieces of public artwork including the attractive Siloh Square area, which is an interesting focal meeting place.
Carved from a former coal tip, the nearby Parc Penallta has spectacular views across the county borough from the high point observatory as well as a variety of wildlife including Skylarks and Lapwings. A number of waymarked trails guide you through the park and you won’t be able to miss ‘Sultan’ the pit pony, the UK’s largest figurative earth sculpture.
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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