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Rhymney River in RhymneyRhymney Blaenau Gwent Wales
Rhymney River (Welsh: Afon Rhymni) is a river in the Rhymney Valley, south-east Wales.<br><br> Rhymney River flows from its source in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, and descends steeply through the former coal mining communities of New Tredegar, Bargoed, Ystrad Mynach, Bedwas and Machen, and then onwards south across a flat plain before entering the tidal waters of the Severn Estuary to the east of Cardiff. <br><br> At one point the river forms the boundary between the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. <br><br> Since the closure of the last of the coal mines in the late 1980s, the water has become a lot cleaner and is now full of fish and insect life and supports plenty of other wildlife. The river now supports a healthy stock of Grayling and natural Brown Trout.<br><br> Walkers will appreciate the Rhymney Valley Ridgway Footpath that winds its way across the hills encircling the unique and often spectacular scenery of the Rhymney Valley. The walk follows quiet countryside paths and lanes, where steep beech woodlands merge into panoramic mountain tops. Mynydd Machen is the highest point. It links with the Taff-Ely Ridgeway Walk at Caerphilly Common, and in the east is partly coincident with the Sirhowy Valley Walk. The Northern Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk (12 miles) links with the main circular walk at Gelligaer and finishes at Bryn Bach Park.