GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Castle Coch Walk

3 miles (5 km)

Visit this 19th-centuryGothic Revival in Tongwynlais and enjoy a walk or cycle in the adjacent Fforest Fawr.
The route starts in Tongwynlais taking you around the castle and then into the peaceful woodland of Fforest Fawr which lies just to the east.
The castle is located next to the Taff Trail so you could extend your cycle/walk by heading along the River Taff.
The castle itself is very photogenic, often described as a fairytale castle. There are good facilities with a car park, gift shop and an audio tour where you can learn all about the history of the castle.
If you feel like stretching your legs further you could head just a mile to the west and try the more challenging climb to Garth Hill from Taff's Well. The noteworthy 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. There's some splendid views over the area from the hill summit.


CF15 7JS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Castle Coch OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Castle Coch Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's an on site tea room, selling a good range of meals, snacks and sweet treats.

Dog Walking

The river and woodland trails surrounding the castle area ideal for dog walking. Dogs are not allowed on the castle premises unless they are assitance dogs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The epic Cambrian Way passes the site. The long distance route runs for nearly 300 miles through the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia before finishing on the North Wales coast at Conwy.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Castell Coch - - 1405401

Castell Coch. A late c19 castle built on medieval remains, designed for the third marquess of Bute by William Burges.

Castle Coch - - 56107

You can see the Garth Mountain in the background and Castle Heights golf club in front of Castle Coch.

Part of the Taff Trail near Castell Coch - - 2975238

Part of the Taff Trail near Castell Coch

Track through Fforest-fawr (geograph 6769295)

Track through Fforest-fawr

Part of the car park at Castell Coch - - 2497834

Part of the car park at Castell Coch

Castle Coch From Morganstown

From Morganstown


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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