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Trefil is located in Blaenau Gwent
Trefil shown within Blaenau Gwent
OS grid reference SO120125
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Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TREDEGAR
Postcode district NP22
Dialling code 01495
Police Gwent
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Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
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Blaenau Gwent
51°48′17″N 3°16′35″W / 51.804841°N 3.276513°W / 51.804841; -3.276513Coordinates: 51°48′17″N 3°16′35″W / 51.804841°N 3.276513°W / 51.804841; -3.276513

Trefil is a small village in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent, south Wales. It lies at the top of the Sirhowy Valley, three miles northwest of Tredegar. The boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park lies one mile to the north of the village.

The village is sited in the bottom of a broad valley which cuts through the moorlands between the Heads of the Valleys Road and the Dyffryn Crawnon valley to the north. At 409 metres (1,342 ft) above sea level, the Ordnance Survey recognise Trefil as the highest village in Wales.[1] Trefil is served by a single cul-de-sac road which leaves the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road 1.5 miles to the south.[2]

Trefil is perhaps best known for its limestone quarries – a major one immediately north of the village is operational whilst Cwar yr Ystrad, Cwar yr Hendre and Cwar Blaen-dyffryn to the west and northwest are no longer operational. The Trefil Tramroad and the Sirhowy Tramroad formerly linked the quarries with the heavily industrialised areas to the south, providing limestone for the furnaces. The former Brinore Tramroad connected the quarries at Trefil with the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Talybont in the Usk Valley to the north.

Open moorland rises to east and west of the village, the slopes to the west being known as Trefil Ddu and those to the east as Trefil Las. The moorland of Mynydd Llangynidr to the east undulates considerably and contains a number of caves beneath its surface. Most famous amongst these is Chartist's Cave one mile to the northeast of the village

The village name may derive from the terms 'tref' and 'mil' signifying the 'farm of the lesser celandine', a plant which might be expected to grow in the stream which flows through the place, the Nant Trefil.[3]

Trefil Quarries and Trefil Ddu are noted birdwatching sites; this area is the last remaining site in Gwent where ring ouzel occurs regularly, and other species present include raven, wheatear, stonechat, whinchat, snipe and red grouse.[4]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

The BBC TV series Merlin filmed many episodes at Trefil quarry and the feature film Wrath of the Titans was filmed there in June 2011.


  1. ^ "'Highest village' sign blunder in Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham". BBC. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL13 'Brecon Beacons National Park: eastern area'
  3. ^ Owen, H.W. & Morgan, R. 2007 'Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales' Gomer Press, Ceredigion
  4. ^ Venables, W. A. et al (2008) The Birds of Gwent ISBN 978-0-7136-7633-4, page 21

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