Dinas Powys - Michaelstone le Pit
A walk to explore the attractive countryside and introduce some of the local history of these 2 communities. The walk takes in a delightful wooded ravine, a staircase of weirs, agricultural land (some very muddy patches here!), a brief contact with a golf course and passes near to a ruined Norman castle, an Iron-Age settlement and an old Manorial Mill.
Part of the route is a much used circular walk, well-waymarked for most of its route. A short cut can be made to reduce the distance walked by about 2 kilometres.
Distance: 9 km (5.5 miles)
Difficulty: Grade D
Start Point: Lane opposite Millbrook Rd, Dinas Powys [Grid Ref ST154716 ]
Maps: Landranger 171, Explorer 151
Getting there from Cardiff Central:
by bus: From Central Station services nos. 305 and P7. Call 01222 396521 for times.
by car: A4161 to Canton, fork left at disused St. Davids Hospital into Wellington Street then left at Leckwith Road (B4267). Follow this road over roundabout (signposted "Dinas Powys") for 3 kilometres then, at left hand bend, after a public telephone box, bear right uphill, through a wooded road, Pen y Turnpike. In 2 kilometres and at foot of a steep hill turn right at road narrowing into a small car park space at the entrance to a lane called Millfields, not marked as such, but directly opposite clearly marked Millbrook Road.
Alternatively, you can leave a message on our Facebook page Current comments about the route:
This walk like several others on this site are hard to follow telling you to cross styles that are no longer there or any trace of them ,several field bounderies have changed we got lost twice as the instrucion did not match any thing be were looking at, i think these walks are old and need to be updated and made easier to follow , we also got lost a point H ending up walking back to Dinas through Leckwith on the main road,an extra 3 miles ,it seems this website wants to encourage walkers but is in danger of misleading the walker into getting lost and this time of year that could be fatal as dark falls early. we do not all have fancy gadgets to rely on when in trouble G LUSH 01/11/2012 - 2012-11-01
Thanks for the walk which my wife and I enjoyed very much. I have recorded a .gpx track and waypoints for it matching your map points. Please email me if you want a copy?
Some of the text does not match the map, notably in Section A and in Section H, Home Farm seems to have been replaced by a house.
Some frisky cattle in H caused my wife some firstname.lastname@example.org - 2012-06-17
I walked this route with my wife on Saturday and last week really nice walk. i didn’t even know it was there until I saw it on your web page. Which is a little embarrassing for me? I am a keen rambler and this walk is practically on my door step. I follower your directions which I believe I did correctly after comparing your map against my gsp on my phone they match up okay. but I clocked up just under 7 miles and your map says it 5.5mile, having said that this is such a nice walk only the sound of nature(no traffic noise) can get a bit boggy in places but nothing to worry about. Thanks for highlighting this hidden secret walk I will certainly be doing the other Cardiff walks ps i guess i should mention the walk in question Dinas Powys - Michaelstone le Pit (5.5 miles / 9km)
dave jones - 2012-03-12
Having done this walk am a bit confused about stage H, can't see any trace of Home farm am I right in saying it is no longer there?Nick Adams - 2009-06-15