The Ebbw Fach Trail


"A walk from our industrial past -  

 To our environmentally friendly future."

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Cwmcelyn Pond & Woodlands - Page 2

Cwmcelyn Pond & Woodlands Development Work May 2012

Cwmcelyn Pond





Cwm Celyn Pond

There is a recently constructed car park on

the banks of the pond.

    Cwm Celyn Woodlands

Car Park and Picnic Area for visitors to the Woodlands.

The following text can be found on the Interpretation Posts.


Cwmcelyn Pond

Cwmcelyn Pond is what remains of an old colliery feeder pond which has now been transformed into a recreational lake for fishing.This is another good walking and picnic spot with an accessible path around the pond.

The forestry contains the remains of the railway line used to carry quarried stone from further (or higher) up the mountain.

Local heritage

Cwmcelyn pond was built as a feeder pond to supply water to the Blaina and Cwm Celyn Ironworks.  

The Blaina Ironworks was established in 1823 and by 1831 was owned by John Russell and Thomas Brown.  Cwm Celyn Ironworks was founded in 1839 and the same year saw the two works merged into one company – the Cwm Celyn and Blaina Iron Company.  

In 1851, the company sent goods to be shown in the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace.  The works closed in 1878.

Common toad (Bufo bufo)*

The most obvious feature that distinguishes the common toad from frogs is it’s warty skin - the warts secrete powerful toxins when the toad is in danger and potential predators soon learn to avoid them!  

Most toads burrow beneath the earth in the daytime and come out to feed on insects at night.

Song thrush (Turdus philomenos)*

Song thrushes eat a variety of food but earthworms form a very important part of their diet.

Towards the end of summer if the ground is too hard to dig to the earthworms, they sometimes resort to taking snails and breaking the shells by tapping them on stones - this behaviour is unique to the song thrush.

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara)*

These lizards can be seen basking on sunny slopes - they hunt insects, spiders, snails and earthworms. They stun their prey by shaking it, and then swallow it whole.

The young are born in an egg sac that breaks either during birth or soon afterwards, as opposed to laying eggs, which is more usual for lizards.

*These species are rare in the local area. As such they have been included in Blaenau Gwent’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan, which sets out how species and habitats alike can be protected and enhanced.

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Pathways have been repaired/replaced and a weedcut of the pond  carried out by Aquaclear.

There have been numerous pond and bank clearings, many of the helpers giving up their free time.Fifteen new fishing pegs have been installed around the pond, and also there has been a dipping platform installed at the picnic area end of the pond. Interpretation Posts have also been erected at that location.

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To get directions to the parking area on Cwmcelyn Road (marked 'P1' on the above map), please click on the GOOGLE Map to the right, and then click on "view larger map".