Senghenydd is a town in the Aber valley, roughly four miles north-west of the town of Caerphilly. Traditionally within the county of Glamorgan it is now in the community of Aber Valley in the county borough of Caerphilly, Wales. Senghenydd was originally a rural farming community, which became industrialised with the discovery of coal in the late 19th century. With the closure of the coal pits in the second half of the twentieth century, most people in the town now commute outside the Aber Valley for employment.
On Tuesday 14 October 1913 a huge explosion rocked the tiny town of Senghenydd, to the north of Caerphilly. It came from the coal mine belonging to the Universal Colliery, the most significant employer in the area, and before the hour was out it was clear to everyone, miners and their families alike, that what had happened was a disaster of major proportions. Not only remembered for its tragedy, Senghenydd offers wonderful views of green hillside perfect place to cycle, take a leisurely stroll or even a Picnic!
Perched atop a thickly wooded crag on the northern fringes of the city is Cardiff Castle's little brother. Fanciful Castell Coch was the summer retreat of the third marquess of Bute and, like Cardiff Castle, was designed by William Burges in gaudy Victorian Gothic style. Visit this beautiful Castle and experience the heritage that dates back to the 13th Century.
If your into the great outdoors - Cosmeston Lakes is a beautiful place to go for a gentle walk. It's a favourite with kids and birdwatchers, because the quiet waters and nearby meadows attract all kinds of wildlife. The lakes might look perfectly natural now, but a few decades ago the area looked very different. The water fills what were once deep quarry pits. Cosmeston is a shining example of what can be done to make a post-industrail landscape into a haven for plants and animals. Of course, it's a perfect peaceful retreat for humans too.