Probably best described as an urban walk through an old country village. Despite the large number of new houses a lot of wildlife can still be seen in St Mellons especially to the eastern fringe: Foxes, Rabbits, Squirrels, Buzzards, Herons, Moorhens, Swans, Mallards, Woodpeckers and many other birds are a common sight. Hendre Lakes Park lies within the Gwent Levels SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), designated due to the many rare and protected plants and species, especially relating to the reens, historic ditches that cross the area. Some rare species can be found in the park including newts. For those requiring refreshment The Fox And Hounds, Star Inn, White Hart, Blue Bell Inn and Heron Marsh are all situated on or can be seen from the route.
Distance: 8 km (5 miles)
Start Point: Hendre Lakes car park [Grid Ref ST246805 ]
Maps: Landranger 171, Explorer 151
Getting there from Cardiff Central:
by bus: Nos 44 44b 45 45b The bus route runs along the Northern perimeter of the park (Willowbrook Drive). The bus stop nearest the main entrance is Sandbrook Road. After alighting walk along Sandbrook Road to Cypress Drive (225 yards) then turn right and walk along Cypress Drive for 360 yards until seeing the entrance sign to Hendre Lakes on you left.
by car: East out of Cardiff on A48/Newport Road to St Mellons, to 2nd roundabout sign posted. Turn right (third exit) into Cypress Drive, continue to the end of the road (1 mile) and enter Hendre Lakes car park - entrance on the left before entering Water Avens Close. Alternatively out of Cardiff along Eastern Avenue. Take the St Mellons exit. Then cross the roundabout (second exit) onto Cypress Drive and travel for 1 mile to the entrance to Hendre Lakes Car Park.