The Garth and Castell Coch
One of the longer and more strenuous walks, involving 400 metres of climbing, but a walk full of variety. It takes in the nature reserve at Forest Farm with its varied wildlife, the woods and fields around Pentyrch, Garth Hill, the highest point of the area giving splendid views in all directions, and the fairy tale castle of Castell Coch. Stout shoes or boots are definitely necessary and some stretches will be particularly waterlogged after wet weather.
Distance: 20 km (12.5 miles)
Difficulty: Grade B
Start Point: Radyr station car park [Grid Ref ST135804 ]
Maps: Landranger 171, Explorer 151
Getting there from Cardiff Central:
by bus: 33 or 133 from Central Bus Station to junction of Heol Isaf and Station Road, Radyr
by car: through Llandaff and out of Cardiff on the A4119 Llantrisant Road. Turn right onto B4262, Heol Isaf, signposted "Radyr". After I kilometre turn right into Station Road. Carry straight on to the bottom of the hill, and the car park is on the left.
by train: regular service from Cardiff Central to Radyr from Monday to Saturday.
Alternatively, you can leave a message on our Facebook page Current comments about the route:
Thank you for an excellent walk. Without wishing to be overly critical some of the way marking could be better. Not entirely clear at E and had to climb over a fence. As with others F caused us a problem. Some more marked yellow arrows would have been a great help - and saved us walking an extra mile! Also at H did not pick up the "clear path leading to Lan Farm and therefore missed Gwalod Y Garth Inn. Some more uncertainty at I. Finally, the ull up described at K is not short and the trail down to the Castell Coch car park could be clearly signposted - and was not at a fork. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable walk ad worth the trip from Carmarthen.27.10.12John Lewis - 2012-10-28
I had trouble at F as well and J perhaps it should read left following the ridgeway footpath.
Yes reasonably well waymaked but some waymarks are plain yellow arrows.
Thanks for putting the effort in and making this walk available to us. Walked 15/04/12. - 2012-04-15
Generally well waymarked except for F where the path diagonally uphill and left is not obvious. Our GPS made this 11 miles. - 2010-02-01