|Caerphilly Mountain||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy a climb to the summit of Caerphilly Mountain and a walk across Caerphilly Common on this circular route in South Wales.|
You can park at the Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar car park on Mountain Road to start your walk. From here you can pick up the tracks to take you to the 271 metres (889 ft) summit where there are fabulous views over the town and Caerphilly Castle. There are a few different paths to choose from. Most of them are good wide trails though they can get muddy in winter. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the snack bar.
The Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk passes the common so you can pick up this long distance trail to continue your walk. The waymarked trail starts on the common and will take you to Garth Hill, the Ely Valley and the Taff Vale.
The Glamorgan Ridgeway Walk also passes the mountain. It's a long distance ridge top walk which takes you to Llantrisant forest and Margam Country Park.
The splendid 13th century Caerphilly Castle also has some nice footpaths around the its network of moats and dams. 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>>
|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>>
|Cwmcarn Forest||6 miles (10 km)||This large country park has miles of fantastic walking and cycling trails to explore. There are 2 fabulous singletrack mountain bike trails with testing climbs, swooping descents and demanding technical sections. There are 6 walks of varying lengths and difficulty - more information can be found from the visitor centre.|
The route below starts at the visitor centre and follows a series of peaceful woodland trails through the park. View Full Details>>
|Raven Walk||12 miles (19 km)||This circular route has some challenging climbs but with some truly tremendous views of the Sirhowy Valley and Ebbw Valley as the reward. The walk starts at the Cwmcarn Visitor Centre and heads to Mynydd Islwyn, Ynys Hywel and Glenside before returning to Cwmcarn. The route includes views of the Sirhowy and Ebbw rivers, the Severn Estuary in the south and the Brecon Beacons in the north. You will also visit Nant-y-draenog reservoir on the way.|
The path is waymarked with the distinctive black and white Raven walk logo. View Full Details>>
|Ebbw Valley Walk||16 miles (26 km)||Travel through the beautiful Ebbw Valley on this walk from Festival Park in Ebbw Vale to the Sirhowy Valley Country Park, near Risca. 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. In this area you can pick up the Iron Bridge Circular Walk to explore the area further. |
Also of note is 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>>
|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>>