GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rhigos Mountain Walks

4 miles (6 km)

This walk explores the hills and lakes around the village of Rhigos in the Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The walk starts from the excellent Rhigos Mountain Viewpoint car park. It's a beautiful spot with fine views over the Vale of Neathand theCynon Valley. Head carefully west along the road and you will soon come to the Coed Morgannwg Way. You can follow this waymarked footpath west above the twin lakes of Llyn Fawr and Llyn Fach. There are great views down to these two pretty lakes and some nice woodland trails through the surrounding forest. The trail will take you to another local hill at Craig Y Llyn which stands at 600 metres. The summit is the highest point in the traditional county ofGlamorgan(Morgannwg), and theSouth Wales Valleys.

Postcode

CF44 9UF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Pubs/Cafes

During the summer months there's generally an ice cream van at the viewpoint car park. It's handy for picking up some light refreshments after your walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You could extend the walk by following the Coed Morgannwg Way south east to visit Twyn y Bloedd, the lovely Lluest Wen Reservoir and the Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare.
Just to the south east you will find a scenic river and two pretty lakes on the Maerdy Reservoir Walk.

Photos

Picnic benches with a view (geograph 3137103)

Picnic benches and information board at the viewpoint.

Llyn Fawr and Graig y Llyn - geograph.org.uk - 392173

Llyn Fawr and Graig y Llyn Llyn Fawr and Graig y Llyn as seen from the view point on the A4061 above the village of Rhigos. Gliders from The Vale of Neath Gliding Club may be seen soaring above the ridges here if the weather conditions are right. The road in the picture is the A4061 twisting its way down to Hirwaun.

Concrete Pillar on Craig Y Llyn - geograph.org.uk - 66072

Concrete Pillar on Craig Y Llyn. A rather anonymous concrete pillar on St Illtyd's Way across the ridge over Llyn Fawr. There is a similar one in the picnic area southeast at SN9202

Llyn Fach Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1521333

Llyn Fach Lake

Hairpin bend on the A4061 Rhigos Mountain Road (geograph 5932281)

Hairpin bend on the A4061 Rhigos Mountain Road

Half a hairpin - geograph.org.uk - 1018517

Half a hairpin The slope falls so stteply you can only see half of the hairpin in the A4061 as it wends its way down the slope of Mynydd Beili Glas. Llyn Fawr underneath Craig y Llyn is in the next square SN9103.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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