GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Machen Mountain

4 miles (6.5 km)

This walk climbs to Machen Mountain (Mynydd Machen) in South Wales.
The route uses sections of the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk and the Raven Walk to create a circular walk to the summit from Sirhowy Valley Country Park.
The walk starts from the Sirhowy Valley Country Park car park, just west of Risca and north of Machen village. Head south west from here and you can pick up the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk and follow the waymarked path south east up to Machen Mountain. The summit stands at a height of 362 metres (1,188ft) and is crowned by atrig pointand a mast. There's splendid views over the beautiful countryside and hills surrounding the area. You can also see across the Rhymney Valley, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel on a clear day.
After taking in the views you can descend to the north to Danygraig Quarry where you can pick up the Raven Walk. This will take you west back to the country park where a woodland section through Black Vein returns you to the car park.
The hill and surrounding common are also popular with bike riders as there are a number of good trails to try. See the video below for an example of the mountain bike trails and scenery of the area.

Machen Mountain OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Machen Mountain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could visit the lovely Tredegar House Country Park or enjoy a climb to Twmbarlwm.

Photos

Mynydd Machen trig point - geograph.org.uk - 3001553

Mynydd Machen trig point

Comms Tower on Mynydd Machen - geograph.org.uk - 1007937

Comms Tower on Mynydd Machen. A good stop off point on the Ridgeway walk.

Mynydd Machen transmitter station - geograph.org.uk - 221811

Mynydd Machen transmitter station and heather. The TV mast is perched on the 362m hill above Risca.

Access to Mynydd Machen Common - geograph.org.uk - 645388

Access to Mynydd Machen Common. A minor road from Risca winds up the hillside and crosses a cattle grid to the left. To the right a track gives access to the Common.

Old spoil heaps above Machen - geograph.org.uk - 88189

Old spoil heaps above Machen

Waterfall by the country park road - geograph.org.uk - 1041839

Waterfall by the country park road. Several cascades like this liven up the drive into the Sirhowy Valley Country Park.

Rhymney River, Machen - geograph.org.uk - 307161

Rhymney River, Machen village. View looking eastwards from the bridge. The long village has been shaped by the valley and its road. The little village is located south of the hill, if you would like to take a diversion.

Main Street, Machen - geograph.org.uk - 307576

Main Street, Machen village. Looking eastwards along the main road. On the left is a village shop while across the road is an up-market restaurant, the Fwrrwm Ishta.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Machen Mountain.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)