Forest Fawr - Taff's Well - Rhiwbina Hill

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A short walk over the hills north-west of Cardiff, with a great mixture of woodland and open hillside and views across the Taff Valley. There are lots of flowers in spring.

Wales - South Wales - Cardiff - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
25/07/2017 - Michael John Davies

A hidden gem of a walk so close to Cardiff. Fabulous views from the ridge and a cracking spot for lunch. However, it might be an easier walk in Spring or Autumn-the bracken had almost completely overgrown the zig-zag path up the hill at point 5 and it was impossible to count the bends or see the post on the skyline. The well-worn path in the scrubland at point 8 has almost disappeared and needs to be watched for carefully. We did get a bit lost at point 10 as well, as walking down what we thought was the left hand edge of the field didn't bring us to a stile on the ridge-however if you follow the field all the way down and around you arrive at the same point eventually. Quite an adventure, but well worth it nonetheless.

12/04/2017 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Some pretty long uphill climbs (for us), exhausting but exhilarating seeing the views from the top of the ridge. Has been very dry recently, so we were lucky, but wouldn't take much to make this a very heavy? underfoot walk! Directions still good, but as mentioned in the 2009 review, there is no well trodden path left after the stile, just keep ahead and bear left when you can see the pilons.

24/12/2013 - Stephen Paul Monaghan

An excellent walk, which is easy to follow. A short extension of the walk northwards, to the trig. point on Caerphilly Common, is recommended (this has the advantage of also providing access to Caerphilly Mountain cafe, located at the 'P' symbol on the map, between Point numbers 9 and 10). Point 8: after heavy rain, the field that leads to the stables can get very boggy (it's often at least muddy); you can avoid this by staying on the road, turning left at the T-junction by the pub and rejoining the walk at the bungalow.

30/06/2009 - Gareth Williams

Lovely views off the ridge even though a bit hazy today. Take machete or at least walking poles to hack your way through brambles from stile left to point 09 -- not a well trodden path any more.

02/08/2007 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated August 2007.

30/07/2006 - Piers Hallihan

I've lived in and around Cardiff for the last 10 years. Never considered that there were walks of this quality so close! Much easier than travelling up to Brecon!

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