Risca lies in the south of Caerphilly Borough
The Borough of Caerphilly is a borough of two rivers, whose steeply-sided valleys are clothed in green woodland and fields. The river Sirhowy rises in Tredegar to join the river Ebbw at Crosskeys and flows down through Risca to enter the Usk estuary at Newport.
The popular image of "The Valleys" in the past has not been favourable, but owing to the modern move away from heavy industry, visitors are often pleasantly surprised to find the valleys of South Wales returned to their former pastoral beauty.
The Borough of Caerphilly is no exception and is probably one of the greenest valleys in South Wales. With a choice of comfortable hotels, guest houses, self-catering accommodation and facilities for camping and caravanning, the Borough of Caerphilly is an ideal base from which to tour the region's many attractions. It is close to the picturesque Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park while just a short drive away are Newport and the capital city of Wales, Cardiff, both with excellent shopping centres, museums and theatres. With the Borough's proximity to the M4 corridor, Swansea and the splendour of the Gower coastline is just over an hour away.
But before you travel to areas you know and have heard a lot about, stop and explore the Borough of Caerphilly; you will not be disappointed. The hills and valleys offer great opportunities for walking and enjoying the splendid scenery. There are hideaway villages located on mountain ridges once travelled by the ancient cattle drovers, country pubs and colourful shopping centres. Many major events are held in the borough every year and plenty of sporting activities are available in the many leisure centres as well as excellent opportunities for outdoor pursuits like fishing and golf.
The Borough of Caerphilly is located in an attractive and romantic corner of Gwent, it has all the ingredients for a successful holiday or a day's visit and, whilst we cannot promise you romance, you will always find a warm and friendly welcome and a green and pleasant place to get away from it all.
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