Valleys Rail Ramble: Return to Ebbw Vale
A long time ago, on a walks programme far, far away... the first valleys rail ramble set off from Ebbw Vale, sparking a rebellion against the twin tyrranies of circular walkls and car sharing. Now, twelve walks and 120 miles later, this edition the circle and brings us back to where we started.*
As it happens, this is the longest and probably most strenuous so far, at 15 miles long and 3,000ft of ascent. The walk starts at Pontypool & New Inn station, and after a flat start we climb over Mynydd Llanhileth to Six Bells near Abertillery. From there we climb steeply again onto Cefn yr Arail and along the ridge to Mynydd Carn y Cefn before descending to Ebbw Vale town.
The combination of distance, ascent and pace (we do have a train to catch after all...) means you should be confident of your fitness before joining this walk.
*Sadly though, this isn’t the last valleys rail ramble. Despite zero popular demand, there will be two wholly unnecessary sequels before the rebellion is finally crushed.
North Cardiff bluebell and wild garlic woods, a fairy castle, Glamorgan Rideway, Caerphilly Mountain circular walk
A strenuous circular walk of approx 13 miles from The Deri Inn, north Cardiff, which takes us up to the Wenalt, through the 'Bluebell Woods' and on to Cwm Nofydd woods of Rhiwbina Hill, where the bluebells and wild garlic should be in full bloom. From there we will take the path leading to the 'Fairy Castle'/ Castle Coch where we will join the Taff Trail heading north until we reach the Glamorgan Ridgeway walk, which is a steep climb but on a clear day will reward us with stunning 360 degree aerial views over Cardiff, Steep Holme, Flat Holme and the Bristol Channel to the south, and Upper Boat, Gilfach Goch and the Brecon Beacons to the north. The rideway walk takes us to Caerphilly Mountain, and from there back to the beautiful "Bluebell Woods".
This walk may be very muddy in parts.. It is also a very hilly walk and can be quite exposed on the ridgeway.
- Dog friendly
- Long distance path
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Check back here later for details of the walk.
Please bring drinks and snacks for the walk so we can stop wherever we want to along the way.
- Dog friendly
- Open country
- National Park
Glamorgan Area Walk: ‘Land of the Turbines’
Annual Glamorgan Area Walk, hosted by Cynon Valley
The route heads west to climb up to Mynydd Bwllfa & the land of the ‘Turbines’. Continues along open moorland to Craig y Llyn & the highest point in Glamorgan. Returning via forestry paths to Lluest Wen Reservoir to meet the Coed Morgannwg Way back to the start.
The Visitor Centre has a nice café offering hot & cold drinks, snacks & meals. As well as good toilet facilities.
Dragons Back and Waun Fach
Classic hill walk in the Black Mountains. Steep at the start but levels out onto the ridge, then a gentle descent.Views are superb on a clear day. Dogs on leads as lots of sheep. Although graded as strenuous, it is really only the first bit that will test your legs. A good walk to step up to if you usually stick to moderate ones. The pace will be gentle.
- Dog friendly
The Malverns from The Gullet
This walk takes in the majority of the ridge of the Malverns, from Swinyards Hill to the Worcestershire Beacon and back. It is aimed at those attending Richard's Worcestershire weekend away, but those not attending are welcome to attend too.
This walk starts at the Swinesherd pay and display car park, Castlemorton Common and heads up to the ridge of the Malverns via The Gullet quarry. It reaches the ridge at Swinyards Hill and follows it north to the Worcestershire Beacon (the highest point in Worcestershire and on The Malvern Hills), taking in Hangman's Hill, Broad Down, Millennium Hill, the Herefordshire Beacon (British Camp), Black Hill, Pinnacle Hill, Jubilee Hill, Perseverance Hill, Summer Hill and the Worcestershire Beacon. It then returns along a similar route, but to the side of the ridge, offering a different perspective. In good weather the walk provides stunning views of The Malvern Hills and the surrounding countryside.
NOTE: The walk is not as long as some, but it does contain a significant amount of ascent which should be borne in mind when considering the walk difficulty.
NOTE: The starting point can prove difficult to find! For those coming from Worcester, I would suggest taking the A449 towards Malvern and turning left at the Powick roundabout following the B4424 through Callow End and on towards Rhydd. At Rhydd turn right onto the B4211 towards Malvern then, almost immediately, left towards Hanley Swan. Carry on at the cross roads at Hanley Swan and keep going until you merge with the B4208 heading towards Welland. Go through Welland and follow the B4208 until it starts to bend left, at which point you turn right onto Castlemorton Common (if you pass the Plume of Feathers you've gone too far). Follow the road across the common and you should eventually find the car park on your left.
Google Maps directions.