Garth Hill / Mountain Walk
This challenging walk takes you to the summit of Garth Hill or Mountain near Cardiff. The hill is thought to be the inspiration for the fictional hill featured in the film 'The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain' starring Hugh Grant.
The walk begins in the village of Taff's Well and follows the Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk to the 307 m (1,007 ft) summit. Here you can enjoy fantastic views of Cardiff, the Bristol Channel and the Taff Valley. You will also find a number of burial sites dating from the early to middle Bronze Age, around 2000 BC. You descend on country lanes, crossing the River Taff and finishing back in Taff's Well.
To extend your walking in the area just head a mile to the east and visit Castle Coch and Fforest Fawr.
PostcodeCF15 9NS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Garth Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Garth Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Garth Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Garth Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn is the ideal place for some post walk refreshments. It's conveniently located at the foot of the mountain and has a good menu. The inn also has an interesting history which dates back to at least 1838 when it would have been used by travellers and farmers moving their produce around the area. You can find them in the village at postcode CF15 9HH for your sat navs.
The walk is a good one for fit dogs and the inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Taff's Well 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 in the area.
Head west along the Taff Ely Ridgeway and you can visit the town of Llantrisant, headquarters of the Royal Mint. There's nice trails here through the Llantrisant Forest to the viewpoints above the town.