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Much of the original woodland in the South Wales Valleys was cleared to provide charcoal for the early iron industry and timber for the pits. The woodland at Graig Goch Local Nature Reserve is one of the few remnants of that pre-industrial woodland and is an important wildlife and landscape feature.
Graig Goch is an ancient oak and beech woodland set in the Sirhowy Valley Country Park. The best time to visit is in the springtime when the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells. Springtime also brings the woods alive with birdsong; redstarts, flycatchers and warblers can all be heard as they look for a mate.
Through the trees there are great views across the Sirhowy Valley and the climb up to the woods is clearly worth the effort.
Where it is Graig Goch can be found within Sirhowy Valley Country Park close to Ynys Hywel Farm.
Grid Reference ST 187911
How to get there Details for how to get there can be found on the main Sirhowy Valley Country Park page.
The Education Centre, Parc Penallta, Penallta Road, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed. CF82 7GL.
Tel: 01443 816853