GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Llwyn Celyn Forest

2 miles (2.8 km)

These woods on the outskirts of Cardiff have a series of peaceful walking trails to try.
You can start the walk from the car park off the Rudry Road, just north of Lisvane. Then pick up the trails heading west into the forest where there's lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for. The site also includes nice viewpoints with fine views over the Brecon Beacons, Cardiff and Newport. You can access these by picking up the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk which skirts the northern end of the forest. If you wanted to extend the walk you could follow the waymarked trail west to Taff's Well in the lovely Taff Vale.


CF83 3DD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Llwyn Celyn Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Llwyn Celyn Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the north of the woods is the Maenllwyd Innin the tiny village of Rudry. The pub has a great terraced area where you can sit outside and enjoy fine views of the Rhymney Valley countryside. It's a lovely spot and can be found near the forest at a postcode of CF83 3EB. You could also visit the village's 13th century church and enjoy a climb to the viewpoint on Rudry mountain just to the west of the settlement.

Dog Walking

The wide woodland trails are ideal for dog walking.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north of the woods is the Llwyn Hir car park and picnic site. There's more similar woodland trails to try here.
To the east is Ruperra Castle where you can see the ruins of a mock-castle manor house originally built in 1626 by Sir Thomas Morgan. Public footpaths go quite close to the private house, located just south of Draethen.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Llwyn Celyn Forestry Walk - Entrance - - 437259

Llwyn Celyn Forestry Walk

Llwyn Celyn Forestry Walk - - 437268

East Cardiff and the West edge of Newport can be seen from this elevate viewpoint

Trig point on the ridge of Graig Llysfaen-geograph-1934423-by-John-Lord

Trig point on the ridge of Graig Llysfaen. These wonderful views can be accessed on the north western side of the woods on the waymarked Rhymney Valley Ridgeway trail

Track from car-park, Llwyn Celyn - - 1043268

Track from car-park, Llwyn Celyn

Llwyn Celyn Footpath - Rest Stop - - 437275

Llwyn Celyn Footpath - Rest Stop This is a rest stop at the peak of the Llwyn Celyn Forestry walk. It continues as a footpath that runs past this lovely spot. Facing towards Newport.

Farmland around Llwyn-celyn - - 980011

Farmland around Llwyn-celyn. A no through road giving access to a few properties passes through this grid square, part of it can be seen to the left of the tree on the left.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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