Cwmtillery Lakes

A Local Nature Reserve and  Green Flag Award Winner

Cwmtillery Lower Lake

P1

P1

Cwmtillery Upper Lake

Cwmtillery Lower Lake

Cwmtillery Lower Lake

There is a good size car park near the eastern bank of the lake

HOW TO GET TO CWMTILLERY LAKES

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

Cwmtillery Lakes.

Cwmtillery Lakes and the upper Tyleri Valley are rightly regarded as one of the 'jewels in the crown' in Blaenau Gwent.

The Lower Lake, once a feeder pond for Cwmtillery Colliery is a haven to a variety of wildlife including wildfowl.

The facing slopes of the Gwastod are the only home in the UK of the Salurian Moth.

The Lake is a wonderful gateway to the cultural and natural riches further up the Tyleri Valley and over towards the World Heritage Site at Blaenafon.

To find out more about Cwmtillery Lakes and awalk know as the Horse Shoe Bend Walk view the information panels next to the parking area beside Cwmtillery Lakes.   

The Interpretation Panel above shows a map of the trail to Roseheyworth Woodlands and an identical panel can be found at Roseheyworth.

Cwmtillery Colliery

it seems Cwmtillery had little change by 1799, when Archdeacon Coxe described it as "An extensive district, well peopled, richly wooded and well cultivated, almost rivalling the fertile counties of England.. we looked down with delight on numerous valleys which abound with romantic scenery... "

The valley had indeed been cultivated from earliest times, records dated 1694 show John Lewis Thomas, Evan John Harry and Lewis Harry Lewis among the smallholders.

By the 19th Century, all this was to change, 1850 saw the sinking of the Cwmtillery Colliery - The industrial Revolution had arrived.

A second shaft was sunk in 1858 and 1860 saw the opening of Pen-y-Bont Pit, further down the valley.   

David Bradley, who is the Technical and Graphics Officer at B.G.C.B.C has produced a detailed leaflet about Cwmtillery Lakes.

The leaflet can be downloaded by clicking on the photo to the right, which opens a PDF file.

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