From the hills...

Machen is a delightful village nestled in the countryside between Caerphilly and Newport, with a history dating back to the 17th Century. Updates to the local area mean this may be hard to spot, but the slow pace and relaxed living charms you instantly. 
For local walks, head towards the top of Mynydd Machen, which has a peak of 362-metres. 

Footpaths festoon the land and criss-cross the hill, including Rhymney Valley, Ridgeway Walk, the Sirhowy Valley Walk and the Raven Walk. All that walking got your thirst up?
Seasons Coffee House serves amazing coffee and cake, but be quick, it is apparently gaining quite the following, so make sure you get a seat.

...and beyond!

Machen Rugby Football Club is your local rugby team to support and has plenty of history. Rugby football was played in Machen from the early 1870s, but Machen RFC can be traced as a playing club from the early 1880s. One of the club’s earliest and most notable players was Frank Purdon, who would later go on to play from Newport and Wales.

For that countryside feeling but still with solid connections, you can head east towards the city of Newport where you can be on the M4 in 20 minutes or head west to Cardiff – a similar distance and time. Newport train station is 15 minutes away, so you can be well on your way to a further afield adventure in no time.

For the little ones, Machen Primary School and the comprehensives in Caerphilly and Bassaleg are great choices when school is in session.