Maps: Landranger. 171 Pathfinder 1148 / 1149 Start Point GR 201866
An easy to moderate walk of 10 kilometres (6 miles) through some very beautiful, but usually muddy, countryside with some splendid views.
Getting there from Cardiff:
by car: East on A 48 out of Cardiff to St. Mellons, then turn left onto B4288 for about 2 kilometres. Turn left onto minor road and ignoring all turnings off in about 3 kilometres you will find the Maenllwyd Inn on your right. Park in the car park on opposite side of road to pub, having, of course, first asked permission of the landlord. Stout footwear is essential, as parts of this walk can be muddy at any time of year.
Walk to picnic area in car park and turn right onto footpath. Climb over stile and cross track following the path up the steps into the woods. Keep straight on, passing under power lines, for about 1 kilometre.
You are now on the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway footpath. Keep straight ahead through a gate to stile oil right in about 40 metres. Over stile and follow path up through the woods to a wire fence in 350 metres. Continue on path along the ridge with fence on right. Over 2 stiles to road at Cefn Onn farm.
Leave the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway path by turning right along the metalled road. Walk for nearly a kilometre passing through a gate to a T-junction. Cross main road and through car park (this is a good alternative starting point) to picnic area. Mynydd Rudry is now in front of you.
Take the bridle path to the right of the hill. (The energetic can follow the path to the summit, enjoy the view and then turn right in a north-easterly direction to descend to the bridle path). Continue on path with wall to right. Leave the wall at gate and follow path downhill with hedge to right. Bear right when hedge does and continue on path which leads into a very short, green lane. Go through gate and turn left onto metalled lane.
Walk down lane to main road, Garth Place. Cross the main road into Edward Thomas Close. After last bungalow on left turn left through kissing gate. Walk diagonally across field in a north-easterly direction passing under power line to bridge over stream in corner of field.
Pass through kissing gate and turn left through second kissing gate. After 100 metres turn right at T-junction. Follow path passing a small pond to the left. Go over stile and follow fence, with house on left. Over second stile and turn right along track. In 150 metres take signed public footpath on right between houses. Turn right up main road, passing Waterloo Terrace on left.
Over stile on left just before derestriction sign. Follow fence for 40 metres then turn left, still following fence. Look for stile in hedge ahead. Over stile and small stream and then immediately turn right at small copse. Very soon turn left uphill in easterly direction to fence at top. Turn right along hedge and walk to stile and gate straight ahead.
Cross metalled road and over, then in 15 metres over another stile. Go directly ahead, uphill in south-easterly direction, (ignore gate path to right), to rocky outcrop. Continue in south-easterly direction for about 250 metres to gate in far left hand corner of field. Continue south east on track through second gate.
Across field following track and through third gate. Bear left up slight gradient, Penhow Farm is now on the right, to pedestrian gate in fence at edge of wood. Follow path through woods to forest track, ignoring path to right. Turn right and follow track to T-junction. Turn right along wide forest track for about 400 metres. Leave woods at gateway on right and turn left down metalled road. Walk down metalled road for 1 kilometre to Maenllwyd Inn.
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