Tongwynlais - Fforest Fawr - Wenallt
A fairly easy half-day walk through varied countryside with good viewpoints, some geological interest (you will see odd bits of conglomerate from the Old Red Sandstone in the Wenallt area, whilst the Fforest Fawr area, above Castell Coch is Carboniferous Limestone; you are on the edge of the coal measures), some historical interest, (Castell Coch was built by William Burges for the Marquis of Bute, and there is also the motte (tumulus) in the "Tump Field"), and some reason for civic pride. The Wenallt was acquired for public pleasure and recreation through the efforts of the late Alderman Hill-Snook, who was Lord Mayor of Cardiff in 1930-31. At that time it was way outside the boundaries of the Cardiff County Borough Council.
Distance: 10.4 km (6.5 miles)
Difficulty: Grade C
Start Point: Lay-by on Rhiwbina Hill [Grid Ref ST153819 ]
Maps: Landranger 171, Explorer 151
Getting there from Cardiff Central:
by bus: from Central Bus station either the No. 21 or No. 23 (via Whitchurch), getting off at "The Deri" pub and walking 140 metres to the lay-by on the left.
by car: go up North Road passing the Maindy Sports Centre to the Gabalfa flyover. Go over and bear right onto the Caerphilly Road. Go as far as the traffic lights at the "Birchgrove" (pub) where turn left and then immediately right into Pantbach Road. Carry on past Caesar Jones and the Monico Cinema to Rhiwbina village. Ahead, past the Mormon Temple to the Deri. Please do not use the pub car park but go on 140 metres to the lay-by on the left of Rhiwbina Hill.
by train: travel from Queen Street station, getting off at Rhiwbina Halt. Walk up through the village, Heol-y-Deri, to Rhiwbina Hill.
Alternatively, you can leave a message on our Facebook page Current comments about the route:
continued(August 2008)At a junction of three paths, all marked by yellow arrows, turn right steeply downhill to a track above a stream. Turn right and go over the stile 50 metres ahead, ignoring the ford on the left, and continue parallel with the stream. The path divides here. The lower path is very overgrown, and may be impassable. The slightly higher path crosses one field, then through a very churned section over two stiles to another field. Walk towards the lower far end of the field to a metal gate on the left which gives access to a shallow ford (This is boot deep in wet conditions). Cross into a field and go straight ahead to the top of the field to climb an easy rail fence into the woodland. You are now on the horse path. Frances Smith - 2008-08-11
(August 2008). The Countryside Centre mentioned in Section C no longer exists, and route markers are lacking in this part. Also, the lower part of Section D is very boggy and almost impassable after wet weather. The following redrafts of Sections C and D are suggested as more accurate:
C. Just inside the gates take the path uphill on the right, at the yellow arrow markers. Continue on this path uphill, ignoring all cross paths, until the track bends slightly left for 20 metres then meets a solid flat forestry road. There are no yellow arrow markers at this point. Turn right along the forestry road, which then undulates for about 1700 metres to a car park.
D. Go down to the road and turn right and then, almost immediately, left onto the horse track. Follow this for 100 metres to an unsigned path on the left heading uphill to a road. Go right on the road for 22 metres and then left on the bridleway. After 10 metres cross the waymarked stile on the right and go down, quite steeplyFrances Smith - 2008-08-11