Woodlands, burial chambers & a hill that is a mountain

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 06

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6 miles, almost 400 m of climbing

Garth Mountain, or Mynydd y Garth, is a well loved peak lying between the villages of Pentyrch and Gwaelod y Garth just on the outskirts of Cardiff. The short but steep climb rewards you panoramic views  of Cardiff, the whole of the south east Wales coastline from the Severn bridges to beyond Port Talbot, the valleys to the north – and as far as Pen y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons. 

As mountains go it's hardly the biggest  - most people call it Garth Hill or just ‘the Garth’.  Yet at 1007 feet (307m) it does qualify as a mountain by the usual UK definition. This is a short walk but with some steep but accessible sections - ideal to stretch your legs after the Christmas break and makes an ideal first mountain. We will be taking our time on the climbs so don't worry about speed! 

Starting out from Taffs Well we will pass through a hillside village before passing through picturesque mixed woodland before winding our way slowly to the top of the Garth. We will enjoy the view, try and spot some local landmarks and take in the fresh air.  We will then explore the ancient monuments and burial chambers that litter the top. We will descend down and return exploring some woodlands and nature reserves, looking out for remnants of old industries.

staffs well train station
woodland paths
staffs well train station
woodland paths


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