In the 1841 census Cwmcarn consisted of just 20 houses. These houses were occupied by 3 farmers, a miller, and 2 wool manufacturers. Other tradesmen living in Cwmcarn included flannel weavers, a tinker, cooper, sinker, collier and masons.
Today, some 175 years later, Cwmcarn has evolved into a bustling village community surrounded by coniferous mountain woodland.
The growth of Cwmcarn, came about at the start of the development of coal mining throughout the 19th Century. The first shaft to be sunk in Cwmcarn happened in 1836 and by 1935 a total workforce of 900 men were employed at Cwmcarn Colliery.
In November 1968, Cwmcarn Colliery mined its last coal and in 1972 the Cwmcarn Scenic Drive was opened following demolition of the colliery and comprehensive reclamation schemes that lasted a further seven years.
In the years that followed the Scenic Drive has been developed into a beautiful tourist area that now consists of a superb visitors centre and seven mile scenic drive dissected by picnic areas, mountain bike tracks and countless footpaths. For a more leisurely stroll we also have the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
In the village you will find a mix of everything that you require for your stay. We have two well stocked convenience stores, a butcher, hairdressers, post office, café and fish and chip shop. We also have three pubs within a short stroll of Raven View.
Out and About
If you fancy getting out and about you will find our nearest Railway Station at Cross Keys just a mile away, providing links to Cardiff, Newport and beyond. We also have an excellent bus service which provides links to the local area every 10 minutes throughout the daytime.
You will find a comprehensive selection of brochures and things to do inside the property.