|Forest Farm Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||This lovely country park and nature reserve in Cardiff is a great place for a peaceful cycle or walk. There are 150 acres to explore with a section of the Taff Trail running through the park alongside the River Taff. The Cardiff Merthyr canal also runs through the site - look out for Kingfishers and Herons on the water. There is also a peaceful woodland section. View Full Details>>|
|Garth Hill||4 miles (6 km)||This challenging walk takes you to the summit of Garth Hill 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. View Full Details>>
|Bute Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in this beautiful park in Cardiff. The park consists of an arboretum, flower gardens, grassland, woodland and tree-lined avenues. The River Taff also runs through the park so there is a lovely waterside walking and cycling section to enjoy.|
The Taff Trail runs past the park so you could continue your cycle or walk along this excellent route. View Full Details>>
|Cefn Onn Park||1 miles (2 km)||This gem of a park is located on the northern outskirts of Cardiff. It has a large collection of specimen trees, rare plants and flowers with well surfaced, waymarked walking paths to follow. You'll also find rhododendron and azelea bushes, carpets of bluebells and buttercups, ponds and a gently trickling stream. If you'd like to continue your walk you could pick up the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk which runs just to the north of the park and takes you through the countryside surrounding Caerphilly. |
Parking is available at the southern end of the park. Lisvane & Thornhill train station is just a few minutes walk from the park so you can easily come by train too. View Full Details>>
|Taff Trail||55 miles (88 km)||Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route.|
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. There are also views of the attractive riverside Bute park and the Weir on the Taff near Maindy as you leave the centre of Cardiff. You soon come to Radyr where you will pass the splendid Forest Farm Country Park and Castle Coch (the red castle) before passing through the village of Nantgarw. The route continues along the river through Glyntaff and on to Pontypridd where you join the trackbed of a disused railway to Merthyr Tydfil. The final section runs from Merthyr to Brecon passing the beautiful Pontsticill, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs. You'll also pass the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls before joining the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal taking you into Brecon. There are splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains as you approach Brecon.
The trail is waymarked with a black and yellow disc. View Full Details>>
|Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk||16 miles (26 km)||Follow the Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk/Ffordd y Bryniau through the Ely Valley and Taff Vale on this walk in South Wales. The trail starts near Glynogwr and heads through Llantrisant forest, Llantrisant and Garth Hill before finishing on Caerphilly Common. From Garth Hill there are fine views of Cardiff and the Taff valley. It is thought to be the inspiration for 'Ffynnon Garw', the fictional mountain (or hill) featured in the book, and film, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. The walk also passes near to Taff's Well - the only thermal spring in Wales located in Taff's Well park. The walk finishes on Caerphilly Mountain with more tremendous views to enjoy as shown in the latter part of the video below.|
The walk is waymarked with a yellow and white disc. View Full Details>>
|Cosmeston Lakes Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore over 200 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland habitats in this popular country park in Penarth.|
Cosmeston Lakes has a number of accessible gravel paths and wooden boardwalks taking you around and between the two large lakes which form the centrepiece of the park. Around the lakes are bird hides where you can look out for mute swans, mallards, herons, egrets and diving birds such as the great crested grebe. The reedbeds around the lake also support a great deal of wildlife - look out for dragonflies and the rare Bittern.
Other walking paths take you through the peaceful woodland with oak, ash, elm, hawthorn and blackthorn trees. Look out for birdlife that includes woodpecker, tree creeper, nuthatch, tits and buzzards.
The wildflower meadows are also beautiful with the Sully Brook running through and a wide variety of plantlife including cowslips, primrose and birdsfoot trefoil, bee orchid, pyramidal orchid, butterfly orchid and the pink willow herb. Look out for rabbits and foxes in this area of the park
Also in the park is a reconstructed 14th century medieval village where costumed guides show you around the period furnished buildings.
Cosmeston Lakes is located just a few miles from Cardiff and Barry, near to the coast at Penarth. View Full Details>>
|Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk||26 miles (42 km)||This walk runs through the beautiful Sirhowy Valley in south Wales. The trail starts at the delightful Tredegar House Country Park near Newport. Here you will find a 17th-century mansion surrounded by 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. The trail then heads north towards Risca and Blackwood before finishing at Tredegar.|
Highlights on the walk include waterside sections along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal near Newport and along the Sirhowy river through Blackwood. You also visit the pretty Sirhowy Valley Country Park at Risca and climb Mynydd Machen where there are spectacular views of the Rhymney Valley and Sirhowy Valley, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel.
The walk is waymarked with yellow arrow on a white disc. View Full Details>>
|Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk||28 miles (45 km)||Explore the beautiful Rhymney Valley on this circular walk through the county borough of Caerphilly. The route starts at the pretty Penallta Community Park and visits Caerphilly, Bedwas, Hengoed, Rudry and Machen. Here you will climb Mynydd Machen (the highest point on the walk) where there are spectacular views of the Rhymney Valley, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel. The route also visits the 17th century Ruperra Castle ruins in Lower Machen and the delightful Parc Cwm Darran where you can enjoy peaceful woodland trails, lakeside paths and sunny wildflower meadows. You'll also pass near Cefn Onn Park which is also well worth a visit.|
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc. View Full Details>>
|Glamorgan Ridgeway Walk||33 miles (53 km)||Follow the Glamorgan Ridgeway from Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot, through beautiful upland and valley scenery, to Caerphilly Castle. There are fabulous panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons to the north, the Bristol Channel and Devon and Somerset to the south.|
The walk begins at the splendid Margam Country Park (video below). The attraction includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and the Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside. From Margam you begin by heading east to Bettws and Blackmill. You then pass through Llantrisant forest, Llantrisant, Garth Hill and Caerphilly Common. From Garth Hill there are fine views of Cardiff and the Taff valley. It is thought to be the inspiration for 'Ffynnon Garw', the fictional mountain (or hill) featured in the book, and film, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. The walk also passes near to Taff's Well - the only thermal spring in Wales located in Taff's Well park. You also climb Caerphilly Mountain with more tremendous views to enjoy as shown in the latter part of the video below. The final section descends into Caerphilly, finishing near the castle. View Full Details>>