A walk through two of Cardiff's woodland areas: Fforest-fawr is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, whilst Fforestganol and Cwm Nofydd are local nature reserves (for further details go to www.cardiff.gov.uk/countryside and follow links to specific pages for these areas). Then you cross over into Caerphilly to climb the Craig yr Allt ridge with wonderful views from its top. The walk starts from Castell Coch, well worth visiting in its own right : see www.cadw.wales.gov.uk and follow links to Castell Coch.
Distance: 12 km (7 miles)
Start Point: Castell Coch Car Park [Grid Ref ST133827 ]
Maps: Landranger 171, Explorer 151
Getting there from Cardiff Central:
by bus: No 26 Cardiff to Tongwynlais: from the centre of the village go up Mill Road which becomes Castle Road to reach the entrance to Castell Coch