Draethen Village Crossroads
Located on the southern reaches of the Rhymney River, Draethen is adjacent to Lower Machen in Monmouthshire to the east, with Rudry to the west. Due to its situation in a loop of the Rhymney, other nearby places are also in Monmouthshire: Machen to the north and Michaelston-y-Vedw to the south.
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.
The Rhymny Valley Ridgeway Walk, the Rhymney River Circular Walk and the Llwyn Hir Forestry Walk all meet up at Draethen.
- "Draethen Lead Mines". UKCaving.com. http://ukcaving.com/wiki/index.php/Draethen_lead_mines. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- "Draethen". walesdirectory.co.uk. http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Towns_in_Wales/Draethen_Town.htm. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
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