Caerphilly

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Slow Ways linking Caerphilly and Abercynon, Cardiff, Church Village, Draethen, Pontprennau, Pontypridd, Risca, Ynysddu, Ystrad Mynach

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Caerphilly’s nine Slow Ways: 58%

Drawn: 9/9
reviewed: 9/9
verified: 2/9
and surveyed: 1/9

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Walk to Caerphilly from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Abercynon—Caerphilly
Abecae one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 402m Descent 424m
Abercynon—Caerphilly
Abecae two Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 452m Descent 475m
Caerphilly—Cardiff
Caecar one Pioneer me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 328m Descent 232m
Caerphilly—Cardiff
Caecar two Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Caerphilly—Draethen
Caedra one Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 196m Descent 246m
Caerphilly—Pontprennau
Caepon one

Double check Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 292m Descent 233m
Caerphilly—Pontprennau
Caepon two Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 266m Descent 323m
Caerphilly—Risca
Caeris one

Double check Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 422m Descent 476m
Caerphilly—Risca
Caeris two Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 423m Descent 475m
Caerphilly—Ynysddu
Caeyny one

Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 287m Descent 288m
Caerphilly—Ynysddu
Caeyny two Enjoy me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 332m Descent 330m
Church Village—Caerphilly
Chucae one

Double check Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 355m Descent 358m
Church Village—Caerphilly
Chucae two Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 406m Descent 405m
Pontypridd—Caerphilly
Poncae one Survey me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 189m Descent 230m
Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly
Ystcae one

Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 294m Descent 280m
Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly
Ystcae two Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 268m Descent 286m

Collective progress

56% of Caerphilly’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

16/16

drawn

15/16

reviewed

3/16

surveyed

2/16

verified

6 people have contributed to Caerphilly’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Caerphilly

177km out of 193km have been walked and reviewed

250km of reviews have been shared in Caerphilly

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystcae two

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Fancied a walk over the top to caerphilly again on a crisp beautiful January afternoon but didn't relish the thought of scrambling up through the farm....

grifftinfoilhat

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All uphill from Risca up to the just below the Machen that was easy to find the route for. After turning left below the peak of Machen the route is all gently heading down with more gorgeous views surrounding you....

Philip Jones

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Philip Jones took this photo on Caeris two

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Nice walk from Caerphilly that starts off in the town centre, so you can take a look around the castle if you want before heading on. The route is clearly marked by signs along most of the route through the town. Once you get to Ty-Canol Lane get ready for the gentle walk to get pretty steep though as you will be climbing up non-stop until you hit the ridge line and the cairn up top....

Philip Jones

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The first part as far as Rudry was excellent, with some lovely views across the Rhymney Valley and the hidden valley with the Nant Gwaunybara running through it. Photo 1 - A welcome seat at the top of the walk up the breast of Rudry Mountain, with views over the Rhymney Valley....

Paul Chilcott

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After leaving the park, there is a short section alongside the A4054 main road, but it`s only a short stretch, and then you`re on to the Taff Trail cycle route walking through long woodland sections....

Paul Chilcott

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This route drops down from Caerphilly and then follows the Taff trail into Cardiff centre....

Deri Roberts

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This is a very nice route that follows the Taff trail between Pontypridd and Caerphilly....

Deri Roberts

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The walk consisted of mostly walking through shaded woodland along well-maintained paths with the occasional valley view of the hills beyond. The route itself was very easy to do with flat, concrete paths making up the majority of the walk....

Daniel Chapman

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1) Leaving Bedwas, when you leave the road just past the church, there are 2 paths. On the OS map it looks like you should veer right towards the houses but instead take the left fork. There’s a network of footpaths following an embankment - try and stick to the north side of it until Tŷ-Canol Lane. 2) There are several unmarked bike trails in the forest above Ynysddu, which makes map-reading tricky As long as you head downhill, you can’t get seriously lost....

MaddyT

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Abercynon—Caerphilly

MaddyT added Abecae two, a new walk from Abercynon to Caerphilly

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The Cilfynydd to Caerphilly section is fine, but the path running parallel to the A4054 (Abercynon to Cilfynydd) wasn’t in use for the full distance (overgrown, not maintained). Walking from Abercynon, the first part was fine but then it zigzags up the slope and becomes a path across the disused tip/quarry, joining a dead-end road leading to National Road and then Cilfynydd. Although it was a nice walk, it extends the distance and involves extra climbing & descent....

MaddyT

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The footpath between Cilfynydd and Penheol Ely Road is mostly clearly marked, and the long stretch along Eglwysilan Road is fine - not much traffic and great views....

MaddyT

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Church Village—Caerphilly

MaddyT added Chucae two, a new walk from Church Village to Caerphilly

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An outdoor fitness company is using this area so there are plenty of tracks (and even some dilapidated footpath markers), but access at the top seemed to be blocked. There's a much better route parallel to this one - see Chucae2....

MaddyT

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South of Church Village, the path across the Dryscoed property is clearly marked but when it joins the road there's an automatic gate....

MaddyT

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3) Instead of crossing the playing field, stay on the road at Heol Pontprennau/Heol Glandulais...

MaddyT

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Caerphilly—Pontprennau

MaddyT added Caepon two, a new walk from Caerphilly to Pontprennau

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This is a good route along clearly marked well-used paths through woods and grassy fields. However, there are a couple of potential hazards: 1) Just S of the M4 you need to jump/splash across the stream at Nant Glandulas. It was easy today but may be trickier after heavy rain. 2) Care is needed on the tiny stretch of St Mellons Rd between the footpath to Malthouse Farm and the start of the pavement: a few metres of narrow road, blind bends and oncoming traffic....

MaddyT

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I walked from Caerphilly to Draethen - easy to navigate, peaceful surroundings & good views. Some stiles were a bit wobbly, but overall it was an easy route. At Penhow Farm the right of way is shown on the map as going through the farmyard, prompting lots of barking from (enclosed) dogs....

MaddyT

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The path on this route was overgrown with bracken and brambles, so I had to backtrack and find an alternative route (uploaded)....

MaddyT

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Caerphilly—Risca

MaddyT added Caeris two, a new walk from Caerphilly to Risca

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There are a couple of small supermarkets where the route passes through Machen if you need supplies....

MaddyT

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From the farm to Caerphilly I give this route 3 stars, or 4 stars with less fly tipping on the ridgeway....

MaddyT

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Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly

MaddyT added Ystcae two, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Caerphilly

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Caeyny two

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I've uploaded a new route that shows the route I eventually did to get through, takes a bit longer but I couldn't see any alternative. Also, the new route avoids Lansbury Park, one of Wales' most notorious housing estates....

grifftinfoilhat

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Caerphilly—Ynysddu

grifftinfoilhat added Caeyny two, a new walk from Caerphilly to Ynysddu

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The climb out of Ynysddu is very steep and can get very muddy but worth it for views across the channel to Somerset. The area is very popular with trial bikes and scramblers who go downhill at ridiculous speeds. You can hear them coming a mile off but be aware....

grifftinfoilhat

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Caeyny two

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Caerphilly—Cardiff

grifftinfoilhat added Caecar two, a new walk from Caerphilly to Cardiff

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ystcae one

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My experience of walking between Caerphilly and Ystrad Mynach mainly stems from my teenage self frequently missing the college bus and slogging it up the road through Llanbradach. Navigation wise it is pretty simple from now on, you are pretty much walking in a dead straight line to Caerphilly. Then it's just a short walk through the town to the train station....

grifftinfoilhat

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Caerphilly

grifftinfoilhat surveyed Caerphilly

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Abercynon—Caerphilly

Slow Ways added Abecae one, a new walk from Abercynon to Caerphilly

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Caerphilly—Cardiff

Slow Ways added Caecar one, a new walk from Caerphilly to Cardiff

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Caerphilly—Draethen

Slow Ways added Caedra one, a new walk from Caerphilly to Draethen

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Caerphilly—Pontprennau

Slow Ways added Caepon one, a new walk from Caerphilly to Pontprennau

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Caerphilly—Risca

Slow Ways added Caeris one, a new walk from Caerphilly to Risca

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Caerphilly—Ynysddu

Slow Ways added Caeyny one, a new walk from Caerphilly to Ynysddu

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Church Village—Caerphilly

Slow Ways added Chucae one, a new walk from Church Village to Caerphilly

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Pontypridd—Caerphilly

Slow Ways added Poncae one, a new walk from Pontypridd to Caerphilly

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Ystrad Mynach—Caerphilly

Slow Ways added Ystcae one, a new walk from Ystrad Mynach to Caerphilly

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Caerphilly’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

ST1573186565

Lat / Lon

51.57164° / -3.21732°

Easting / Northing

315,732E / 186,566N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Caerphilly's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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