Draethen is a village in the county borough of Caerphilly, South Wales. The village is located some 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Caerphilly, and 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Cardiff.[1]

Draethen Village Crossroads - geograph.org.uk - 90813.jpg
Draethen Village Crossroads
Draethen is located in Caerphilly
Location within Caerphilly
OS grid referenceST225915
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtNP10
Dialling code01633 44
FireSouth Wales
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51°34′48″N 3°07′30″W / 51.58°N 3.125°W / 51.58; -3.125Coordinates: 51°34′48″N 3°07′30″W / 51.58°N 3.125°W / 51.58; -3.125
The Llwyn Hir Forestry Walk through Draethen Woods

Located on the southern reaches of the Rhymney River within the historic boundaries of Glamorgan, Draethen is bordered by Bedwas to the west, Rhiwderin to the east, Michaelston-y-Fedw to the south east and Lower Machen to the north.[1]

Draethen Woods contain a number of former lead mining sites and surface workings dating back to at least Roman times. The mines once exploited a vein of lead ore that exists in the exposed limestone of the Southern Outcrop in this region. All the sites are presently fenced off, but there are no known access restrictions, making it a popular location for experienced cavers.[2][3]

The Rhymny Valley Ridgeway Walk, the Rhymney River Circular Walk and the Llwyn Hir Forestry Walk all meet up at Draethen.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Draethen". walesdirectory.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Draethen Lead Mines". UKCaving.com. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ http://bec-cave.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=555:caving-report-15-roman-mine-draethen-glamorganshire&catid=58&Itemid=509&lang=en

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