Garth Hill - Child-Friendly

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A fairly steep initial climb leads to easy ridge-walking with great views in all directions. On a clear day the view stretches from Pen y Fan in the north to the Devon coast in the south. A gentle descent and pleasant woodland walk around the base of the hill to finish ensures plenty of variation to keep little ones amused.

Wales - South Wales - Cardiff - Countryside

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Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Woodland
29/04/2012 - David Owen

Walked this 29-4-2012. A really nice easy walk with plenty of variation and history - it's worth researching on the web before you go. Even walking back along the road at the end, there's plenty of things to look out for. I spotted something that looked like a small tunnel, and guess it could have been something to do with the mining of iron ore that took place here many years ago. Also interesting to find out that the Garth Mountain was the inspiration for the book which was made into the film, the Man who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain. Also, I'd agree that this is child friendly, the path at WP1 was fine and I wouldn't have had any issues taking my kids up there when they were growing up. After WP5, I didn't see the signs referred to, so guess that they've been removed. I'll be looking to do this one again, (in warmer and clearer weather), although looking to extend it somewhat - Highly recommended.

10/06/2011 - Piers Hallihan

I would defend the "Child Friendly" description to the hilt. My eldest child is now 7 and has walked it regularly over the last 4 years servicing our Geocache near the summit. I regularly meet other children on the walk and have carried both of mine up there in backpacks on many occasions. It's a damn sight safer than letting them walk to school or, for that matter driving them to the start of the walk!

08/06/2011 - Simon Edwards

This is a fantastic walk, although I don't agree that it's child friendly - there are some pretty steep drops on the initial climb that I wouldn't like to risk taking (or carrying) a child near. Other than that, this is a brilliantly varied walk for such a short distance and the majority of the hard work is out of the way in the first 10 minutes. I've done it twice in the past months and will be doing it again soon!

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