WALK 8: A walk from the Black Cock on Caerphilly Mountain.

Maps: Landranger 1 71 Pathfinder I 148 Start Point GR 144848

Another walk taking advantage of the hills to the north of Cardiff and the fine views from them. An easy to moderate amble of 8 kilometres (5 miles) which does contain some steep climbs

Getting there from Cardiff:

by bus: Nos. 70 or 70A or 71 or 72 from the Central Station, then a short walk from the main road to the pub. (see below from GR 156851),

by car: North Road out of Cardiff to Gabalfa interchange, then onto A469 to mountain top. At GR 156851 left onto minor road (Watford Road) for a kilometre then left again another kilometre and Black Cock is on the left.

On leaving the car park of the Black Cock turn left and walk along the Rhiwbina -Tongwynlais road. Pass the golf club and continue until you come to a Y-junction. Take the right fork down towards Tongwynlais.

After about 200 metres you will see a forestry road on your right, enter the forest here and walk up the gentle slope. The path or road eventually levels off and after about 1300 metres you come to a fork. The main road and the path to the right eventually join. The path to the right is shorter but can be very muddy in wet conditions. The main path leads around in a big sweep behind Castell Coch and drops gently into the Taff valley to join the Taff Trail. This is sign-posted at the bottom of the long descent.

Continue north up the Taff Trail which follows a disused railway line. Eventually your path leaves the railway track and cuts down through what was once a bridge. At this point turn right through a small gate and continue up a steep zig zag path which climbs up Craig Yr Alit. On a clear day the views from the top of the hill are excellent; to the south, the city of Cardiff, the Bristol Channel and the Somerset coast are clearly visible; and to the north, the valleys and the Brecon Beacons.

There is no defined path over the very top of Craig Yr Allt but when descending towards the east you soon pick up a well worn path by some old beech trees. Continue down to a stile and a gate. You are now back on a surfaced road which drops down the hill past some houses.

At the bottom of the hill you come to a road junction, turn right and continue walking up the road until you return to the car park of the Black Cock.

Frank Kinsey


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