Enjoy a climb to the summit of Caerphilly Mountain and a walk across Caerphilly Common on this circular route in South Wales.
You can park at the Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar car park on Mountain Road to start your walk. From here you can pick up the tracks to take you to the 271 metres (889 ft) summit where there are fabulous views over the town and Caerphilly Castle. There are a few different paths to choose from. Most of them are good wide trails though they can get muddy in winter. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the snack bar.
The Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk passes the common so you can pick up this long distance trail to continue your walk. The waymarked trail starts on the common and will take you to Garth Hill, the Ely Valley and the Taff Vale.
The Glamorgan Ridgeway Walk also passes the mountain. It's a long distance ridge top walk which takes you to Llantrisant forest and Margam Country Park.
The splendid 13th century Caerphilly Castle also has some nice footpaths around the its network of moats and dams. There's also the unusual turquoise coloured Brombil Reservoir on the fringe of the park.
PostcodeCF83 1HJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Caerphilly Mountain Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Caerphilly Mountain Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Caerphilly Mountain OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Caerphilly Mountain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar is located right next to the car park at the start/finish of the walk. The snack bar is a bit of landmark of the area, having been established in 1957. It is notable as the oldest independent snack bar still operating in Wales and the UK. The friendly bar has a great menu with delicious burgers and hot dogs at good prices. There's also several tables outside if the weather is good.
The mountain is a popular place for dog walkers so you will probably see other owners on your visit. The snack bar mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking around Caerphilly head to the nearby Garth Hill. It's located just three miles wesy of the mountain and provides more fine views of the area. The hill is thought to be the inspiration for the fictional one featured in the film 'The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain' starring Hugh Grant. Also to the west you can pick up the popular Taff Trail. The shared cycling and walking trail runs through the lovely Taff Valley along a disused railway line. The Pontypridd Walk uses part of the Taff Trail and a section of the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk to create a circular walk through the area. It also climbs to Mynydd Meio which is another good climb you can do near Caerphilly. The hill is visible on this walk from the mountain top if you like to the north west.
Just to the west of Pontypridd there's Barry Sidings Country Park at Trehafod. There's some popular woodland mountain bike trails and lovely walks along the park's streams and waterfalls. There's also good views of the River Rhonnda at the northern end of the park.
If you follow the Ridgeway Walk east you could visit the worthy little village of Rudry. Here you can visit the 13th century church, a fine 400 year old stone pub and enjoy a climb to the viewpoint on Rudry Mountain.