Crosskeys shown within Caerphilly
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Crosskeys is seven miles north west of Newport, just past Risca off the A467 road. Located near to the confluence of the Ebbw River and the Sirhowy River, it was originally called Pont-y-cymer. The name 'Crosskeys' is taken from the name of the local hotel.
History and amenities
Crosskeys is a South Wales Valleys community, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire, once part of the coal mining community of the South Wales coalfield, now a quiet area complete with a residents' society. It has a large park in the lower part and listed buildings in neighbouring Pontywaun, which is normally considered as part of Crosskeys.
Crosskeys is close to the Cwmcarn Forest Drive which has extensive mountain-biking trails. There is a large local park toward the lower part of the village. The park is home to the local cricket club, again with age-banded youth teams as well as the men's team. There is also a park and a multiple-sports facility.
Sirhowy Valley Country Park is also easily accessible from Crosskeys. It is a base for walking or cycling with access to Flatwoods Meadows Local Nature Reserve. There is also mountain bike trails, a traditional working hill farm that is open to school visits and a small farm trail. Nearby Craig Coch is an ancient mixed woodland.
- , 2001 Census: Census Area Statistics: National Statistics. UK government. Retrieved 10 August 2007. Includes the village of Cwmparc in its figures.
- The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales page 178, John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
- Crosskeys website has many pictures of the area.[dead link]
- Cross Keys Silver Band The Cross Keys Silver Band Official Website.
- Welsh Coal Mines - every pit, all the history
- Crosskeys Rugby Football Club website All you need to know about Cross Keys RFC.