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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Survey me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 196m||Descent 177m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 12km/8mi||Ascent 98m||Descent 118m|
||Survey me||Distance 7km/4mi||Ascent 42m||Descent 73m|
||Survey me||Distance 7km/4mi||Ascent 77m||Descent 53m|
||Survey me||Distance 4km/2mi||Ascent 50m||Descent 23m|
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After that the path goes inland past round a caravan park and then re-joins the cliff top near some WW2 gun emplacements and after another detour passes sully island....
The section from Penarth to Sully is a lovely walk along the coast (the walk mostly follows the Wales Coast Path anyway)....
Plenty of opportunities to explore side attractions like Penarth town centre or the parks or the promenade or maybe other parts of Cardiff Bay. Easy walking this direction, although it`s a fairly steep descent through the streets from Penarth Head to the start of the Cardiff Bay barrage, but it`s completely flat all the way after that....
This route is almost entirely on the Wales Coast Path, meaning this is a nice walk along the coast from Penarth to Sully and then a bit of a slog along busy roads from Sully to Barry....
This is a lovely route and can be ran or walked, a bit busy from barry into sully with a few busy roads and lots of cars...but once you reach sully and back on to the coast , the scenery is stunning with a route through two caravan parks which has access to toilets and caffies. This leads into Penarth along the coast into Penarth Town ( which is lovely with lots of cool little shops) I would walk /run this again, with two small busy towns to occupy you on route....
From the barrage (which could be up, waiting will only be 15-20minutes but with lovely views across to Cardiff bay) once you're through the barrage lots to see with cyclist, boats , skatepark etc. Arrival over the Bay will be met with a few bars, millennium centre, lots of art more boats ....from the bay will be a short walk into Cardiff Town I would run/walk this again, plenty to see with toilet facilities and places to stop for a drink and food....
Toilets and plenty of shops and pubs on the way. Would make a nice walk to explore the Bay....
A lovely route taking in parts of cosmeston and away from busy roads. There is a fairly gate at one point with no style, which had a large but tame horse i a feild. It was unclear this was a footpath, but it was....
I walked the route in reverse: Penarth to Cardiff aka PenCar. Nicer if you want to start a walk with a downhill descent and continue it avoiding uphill sections (otherwise the uphill section comes at the end). Plus you get to look out over Cardiff bay from up high… which kind of nicely drags you forward into exploring the route. Then enjoy the barrage and the bay (nb: you could cheat at the barrage and get an Aquabus to the Cardiff City Centre along the River Taff). Sections of the walk may be difficult (especially the steep declines in Penarth or some narrower streets in Penarth / Closer to Cardiff)....
From Penarth station the route heads towards the town centre along the main road and at a roundabout continues for a short distance uphill passing a small park with children's play area....
It starts off through the streets of Penarth which are relatively busy streets but easy to navigate. (If anyone was doing this from Cardiff to Penarth be aware that there is a short but steep uphill which could be challenging for anyone on wheels or who struggles with steep ascents)....
I did the second part of this route with Rhiwbina Runaways we ran the 14km route. The rest of this route was mainly on roads, it was a very scenic route. There were plenty of options to stop of and use toilet facilities if needed....
Katie L James
I did this route with Rhiwbina Runaways we started at Dinas Powys train station there were no toilet facilities at the strat, and some parts were off road. There were parts that were very over grown and had a lot of stingy nettles and giant stys to climb over, so could be unsuitable for wheelchair and buggy users. However, it was a very scenic route once we got to cosmeston lakes we were able to use the toilet facilities....
Katie L James
Fromm Dinas Powis railway station the route runs parallel for a short while and then connects with a housing estate. The route is fairly flat all the way with a couple of short inclines. Finally approaching Penarth railway station the last mile is characterised by a number of short cuts through rear lanes to the local houses to complete the journey....
The whole route is very easy underfoot on metalled paths and although it isn't dead flat, anywhere where there is an incline is very gentle....
A pleasant and interesting walk from Cardiff station to Penarth station, via the Cardiff Bay barrage. There are plenty of amenities along the way and places to enjoy the views....
The footpath between Cross Common Road and Sully Road gets extremely boggy after rainfall, so it might be better to make a diversion via Murch Road and Watery Lane after inclement weather....
Not the most exciting route, but it has the benefit of being direct and should be walkable in all weathers....
The path near St Mary's Well Bay can be extremely muddy, especially in winter - but it's also the nicest, most rural part of this route. Between Sully and Barry it's very urban and could be cycled....
Varied route seeing lots of different aspects of Cardiff and its recent development around the waterfront...
This is a nice route, especially as new stiles have recently been installed between Cross Common Road and Sully Road (including one that may be challenging for anyone with short legs). Also, this section involves crossing a field that can be very muddy, particularly in winter....
Penarth’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.43583° / -3.17485°
Easting / Northing
318,432E / 171,414N
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