Area: Glamorgan

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The Category Bridgend is a subset of Glamorgan.

 

The following Bridgend Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh

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The Category Cardiff is a subset of Glamorgan.

 

The following Cardiff Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Friends of Cathays Cemetery

Overview

'Afan Forest Park has 14 way marked circular walks and has therefore become a major walking destination. Our walks are diverse, varying from a one mile leisurely stroll to a ten mile (bring a packed lunch) hike. The starting points for our walks are Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre, Rhsylyn Car Park and Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre ... We have two walking packs available to ensure that you don’t get lost out on the trails. "Walks in Afan Forest Park" and "Walks in the Corrwg Valley" include information, directions and maps on all 14 walks.'

Category Bridgend
Overview

'A series of leaflets have been developed showcasing different aspects of the diverse landscape the County Borough has to offer.'

Category Caerphilly
Overview

'Around 80% of the rights of way in the county borough are open and with about 5000 hectares of open access land available for walkers, exploring the countryside couldn’t be easier.'

See also

Caerphilly County Borough Council Countryside & Landscape Services

Category Cardiff
Overview

'The club was formed in 1926. The programme of walks is sent out twice a year with a planned walk on every Saturday throughout the year. Additionally we walk on most of the Bank Holiday Mondays, have a Tuesday walk once a month and other weekday walks of special interest.'

Category Cardiff
Overview

'A local walking group organising weekend walks and weekends away throughout South Wales and beyond. We have a varied programme, offering something for everyone from the committed enthusiast to the absolute beginner.'

Category Cardiff
Overview

'We organise walks in the south Wales area and beyond, including the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Gower, Wye Valley and elsewhere. Walks vary from 2 to 20 miles - mainly on Wednesdays and weekends, but also include Friday strolls, summer Thursday evenings and other times ... There is no charge for non-members to join our walks - we expect you to join if you take part regularly. Joining helps to further the aims of the Ramblers.'

Category Swansea
Overview

'The Botanical Gardens house one of Wales' premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses ... There is something to see throughout the year. The herbaceous borders are a fantastic sight from late March until mid October, and even during the harsh winter months the garden has lots to offer with up to 200 different plants having been seen in flower during the Christmas season. As this garden is set within the tranquil surroundings of Singleton Park, it is a very relaxing place to come and browse or gain inspiration for your own garden. There are plenty of places to sit and admire the delightful views.'

Category Caerphilly
Overview

'Cwmcarn Forest has some of the best walking in Wales. Choose from the 12 mile circular "Raven Walk" encompassing Cwmcarn Forest and the Sirhowy and Ebbw Valleys or take the "Coal, Celts and Contrasts" which takes in the impressive Twmbarlwm mountain or shorter walks in and around the Forest.'

Overview

'Dare Valley Country Park is a great place for walking. You can stroll at will in the country park or try one of our three way marked walks.'

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Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Overview

'Dinas Powys (the modern-day standardised spelling - it was previously also spelt 'Dinas Powis') is a large village and a community in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales which takes its name from the Dinas Powys hillfort that dates from the Iron Age ... Despite the addition of several housing developments over the past fifty years, the old village centre of Dinas Powys still has a mostly unspoiled and almost rural feel, retaining a large village common and a traditional village centre complete with a post office and a range of small independent shops, public houses, restaurants and community facilities ...'

Overview

'With beautiful waterfall walks, country parks, towpaths, a seafront promenade and rights of way through some of the most spectacular views of Neath Port Talbot, the Brecon Beacons and Swansea, there is a huge variety of scenery to enjoy.'

Category Swansea
Overview

'Gower was the first place in Britain to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With cliffs and woodlands ringed by sparkling beaches, this tongue of land is so adored by walkers, birdwatchers, sunbathers and surfers, it’s been scooping awards ever since.'

See also

This is Gower Audio Trail [Audio Trails]

Category Swansea
Overview

'There are a total of 24 individual commons on Gower covering over 70 square kilometres and constituting 50% of the total land area of the Gower Peninsula ... Historically, most areas of common land in Wales have been open for public access with the consent of the landowner. In May 2005 the Countryside Rights of Way Act (CRoW) established common land, mountain, moor, heath and down as open access land where people can walk in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Wales. These areas are clearly marked on Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps.'

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Gower Commons

Category Swansea
Overview

'The Gower Walking Festival began in 2005 and was run by the Mumbles Tourist Association to raise money for the independent volunteer-managed Mumbles and Gower Tourist Information Office. It started with 35 walks over eight days and grew to 71 walks over 16 days, with over 1500 participants. In 2015, due to unforeseen circumstances, the festival had to be cancelled. After a break of four years, a new small enthusiastic group formed to restart the much-loved walking festival ...' Usually held Late May.

Category Caerphilly
Overview

'Rambling around the Ebbw and Sirhowy valleys ...'

Category Bridgend
Overview

'This NNR is one of Wales' top sand-dune reserves, with all the special plants, birds and insects that depend on this type of coastal habitat for their survival. Situated on the edge of the reserve is Kenfig Pool, Glamorgan's largest lake. The rest of the Reserve consists of a large expanse of sand dunes which lead to the coast and Sker Point, with lovely views across Swansea Bay to the Gower. On the western side of the Reserve is the stark horizon of Port Talbot's industrial area and steelworks - a strange contrast that only serves to highlight the wild beauty of the Reserve itself.'

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First-Nature.com

Category Glamorgan
Overview

Where do we walk? 'Anywhere in South Wales and adjacent areas. We are indeed fortunate in covering an extremely varied area of countryside extending from the Wye Valley in the east, through to the Gower Peninsular in the west; this, of course, includes the Brecon Beacons National park and all the other mountains, valleys, coastal and farmland areas in between.'

Overview

'Llantrisant Community Council has a footpath agency agreement with Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council to maintain the 27 miles of public rights of way within the wards. The paths cover a wide variety of landscapes from riverside rambles to fields and commons. Native woodland to cobbled streets.'

Category Swansea
Overview

'Formed in March 2005 by the Mawr Development Trust when trust member, Terry Davies, was handed the task of encouraging local communities to take part in planned walks throughout south and west Wales. The club now has more than 250 members and some 40 members regularly turn up to each walk ... The Lliw Walking Club was formed in June 2016. It has replaced the Mawr Walking Club which was formed in 2005. The renaming was necessary due to unforseen circumstances. It is just the name that has changed.'

Category Bridgend
Overview

'Maesteg Ramblers is aimed at people of all ages. Our primary aim is to promote walking and to visit places that are just around the corner, that you may never have known were there.'

Size (acreage)800
Overview

'The 800 acres of Margam Park provides a perfect backdrop for a walk in the countryside whether it be a stroll after Sunday lunch or a hike along the Coed Morgannwg Way to Afan Forest Park Country Park, our sister country park in the Afan Valley.'

Category Glamorgan
Overview

Access to details of about a dozen Groups throughout the Area, plus to news of forthcoming walks and meetings as well as PDFs of the annual Newsletter Glamorgan Rambler.

Category Glamorgan
Overview

'We meet on the last weekend of the month.'

Category Glamorgan
Overview

'Southern Wales Tourism represents tourism products in the ten Local Authorities of South East Wales.'

Category Swansea
Overview

'We are open to anyone who enjoys walking, and/or cycling and generally enjoys being active outdoors. Non-members are welcome to come along to up to three walks or other events before paying any membership fees. If you've been on a few walks, we would like you to join us. You must be a member to participate in any of our overnight trips.'

Category Merthyr Tydfil
Size (acreage)103
Overview

'Situated in the Taf Fechan valley, between the Old River Bridge at Cefn Coed y Cymmer and the river bridge at Pontsarn ... Access is gained in three places, at the southern end ... in the middle ... and at the northern end.'

Overview

'Now with more than 180 members, was formed in 1993. The Group promotes rambling, protects rights of way, campaigns for access to the open country and defends the beauty of the countryside. We have a national reputation for our friendly welcome and relaxed attitude on our walks and new walkers are always welcome. So come and enjoy the Countryside in the friendly company-of fellow walkers.'

Category Swansea
Overview

'Formed in 2005 the Tawe Trekkers are a hiking group for the younger (18+) and adventurous person in the South-West Wales area (Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port-Talbot and Bridgend). We love exploring the local coastline and countryside, and also go on the odd trip around the UK and Europe now and again. Not your typical mittens-and-thermos-clad, compass toting walkers, but a friendly bunch who like a laugh (and a few beers), and take everything in their stride ...'

Overview

Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales: 'Valeways is a volunteer based project for the maintenance, protection, preservation and promotion of public rights of way in the Vale of Glamorgan.'

Category Merthyr Tydfil
Overview

'If you like walking, or you just want to see a bit more of the beauty of Merthyr, going for a stroll on one of Merthyr's trails is a good way to see all that Merthyr has to offer.'

Category Swansea
Overview

'By foot or on two wheels are amongst the best ways to get to know Swansea Bay. Coast and country are at your fingertips (or toe-tips depending on which way you look at it) and here are some great ways to get exploring ...'

Overview

'Entitled Vale Trails, the series of five coastal and five inland walks have been developed by Creative Rural Communities, the rural regeneration arm of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, in conjunction with Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers and Valeways.'

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Vale of Glamorgan Council

Category Caerphilly
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'The Aber Valley, which was originally part of Glamorgan, but now in its post-mining era is part of the County Borough of Caerphilly, is made up of Abertridwr village and the more northerly village of Senghenydd both original mining communities with an extensive history of events that made the Valley what it is today. The valley has subsequently been in decline since the closure of the pits, the major employer in the area for over a century. This has continued, exacerbated by the economic decline within the valley itself ...'

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Aber Valley Heritage Group

Overview

Descriptions of sixteen places associated with the naturalist and evolutionist - many accompanied by a downloadable Audio Clip.

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Discover Neath Port Talbot

Category Bridgend
Overview

Access to details of a small number of Walks around and about Bridgend.

ALERT At Review, I could no longer retrieve from the Website the PDFs of the Bridgend Circular Walks originally referenced here.

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Bridgend County Borough Council

Category Cardiff
Distance (miles)275
Overview

'Wales's most scenically beautiful and challenging long distance trail.'

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Tony Drake

Category Cardiff
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'The circular trail for cyclists and walkers is 10km or 6.2miles long and runs around the Bay and across to the seaside town of Penarth via Pont y Werin, a 140 metre bridge providing a link for pedestrians and cyclists between Penarth and the International Sports Village.'

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Sustrans

Category Cardiff
Overview

'Public rights of way are footpaths, bridleways and byways open to all traffic and any roads used as public paths. In total there are well over 100 miles of public rights of way across Cardiff. View public rights of way on a Map ... A variety of leaflets are available on Outdoor Cardiff along with information about a wide range of activities and amenities.'

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Cardiff Council

Category Cardiff
Overview

'Our Cardiff walking tours are available most days and must be booked in advance. Booking is easy - just check availability on the BOOK NOW page and follow the booking instructions.'

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Cardiff on Foot

Category Cardiff
Overview

'We have created a number of leaflets for walks in the Cardiff area. Although no longer available in print, they may be downloaded from this site.'

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Cardiff Ramblers

Category Merthyr Tydfil
Distance (miles)36
Overview

'The Coed Morgannwg Way is a dramatic walk of 36 miles (58km) almost all which traverses hills Forestry Commission Forest and Afan Forest Park park ... The whole route can be walked in about 16 hours, starting from either Gethin Woodland Park in the north (where it is linked with the Taff Trail) or Margam Country Park in the south ... '

See also

The Coed Morgannwg Way [Margam Country Park] | Walking in the South Wales Valleys by Mike Dunn (Cicerone, 2012)

Distance (miles)12
Overview

'The Dulais Valley is an ex-coal mining community situated at the northern boundary of Neath Port Talbot and is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park ... The trails on this site will help you to learn more about the valley and its history. Explore the links ... to see school trails, village trails, a time line and other useful information.'

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Dulais Valley Partnership

Distance (miles)27
Overview

'Following the southern edge of the South Wales Coalfields, this long-distance scenic route takes you through 5 county boroughs, from Port Talbot to Caerphilly - with a visit to RCT in between. You'll be treated to panoramic views of the rugged narrow valleys, which were once filled with coal mining industry. During the route, you'll also see views of the Brecon Beacons to the north and the Bristol Channel to the south, with Devon and Somerset possibly catching your eye.'

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Visit RhonddaCynonTaf

Size (acreage)240
Overview

'Provides a haven for wildlife within a stone's throw of the centre of Neath. Why not enjoy one or all three  of the Gnoll Wildlife Walks that help you explore the Park and discover its wildlife.'

Category Swansea
Distance (miles)35
Overview

'It was always designed to take the walker away from the more popular coastal areas and to introduce the quieter but no less interesting aspects of inland Gower. At 56 km length, the route extends from Worms Head Rhossili across the lordship of Gower to Penlle'r Castell high on Mynydd y Gwair.'

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The Gower Society

Category Caerphilly
Overview

‘All our green spaces are ideal places to take a walk. They each offer something different - different routes, different terrain, different habitats. In Caerphilly county borough you're never far from a bit of peace and tranquillity, a place to unwind from the pressures of daily life and somewhere to recharge your batteries. Each of our country park pages has a section on the various walks and trails within each park that will get you started.‘

Distance (miles)11
Overview

'Surely no other walk in the UK offers neolithic burial chambers, Edwardian gardens and supernatural legends all within an easy 7.5 mile country trail?: St Nicholas, Dyffryn Gardens and St Lythans: 7.5miles / plus 3.5mile optional walk. The burial chambers of Tinkinswood and St. Lythans, both older than Stonehenge, provide early highlights of this appealing walk ...'

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Visit the Vale

Category Cardiff
Distance (miles)65
Overview

'A leisurely walk through 6,000 years of beauty, culture and history in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan.'

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Valeways

Category Cardiff
Overview

'Cardiff's parks and green spaces make this one of the greenest cities in the UK. Discover the variety of walking trails from 1 mile to long distance treks all on your doorstep! The walking trails are all waymarked, have individual leaflets including a map and start point information to help plan your journey.'

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Cardiff Council

Category Swansea
Overview

'On the northern fringe of Swansea, and within sight of the M4 motorway, lies Penllergare Valley Woods. It is a secret and magical place. A place where you can enjoy the sound of birds, delight in the profusion of wild flowers, discover evidence of exotic plantings and uncover for yourself the hidden features of a grand design ...'

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Penllergare Trust

See also

Penllergare Valley Woods [City and County of Swansea]

Overview

'Notable sites have been linked by a series of heritage walks in Pontypridd, Aberdare and Llantrisant and by Driving Trails around the Borough, all of which can be downloaded from this site.'

Overview

'The nice thing about the Valleys is there is so much of them. So you can cycle on the Taff Trail. You can walk on the Ridgeways. Relax by the rivers. Or paraglide off the cliffs. However you like to escape the stress of modern life you can probably do it here. And we are only 10 minutes away from a motorway!'

Distance (miles)27
Overview

'Explores the famous Rhondda Valleys of South Wales. This scenically beautiful route starts in Trehafod, and follows a clockwise circuit visiting Mynydd y Glyn, Mynydd Dinas, Mynydd William Meyrick, The Bwlch and Ferndale before returning to Trehafod via the iconic Tylorstown Tip. The route provides extensive views of the South Wales valleys and the Brecon Beacons to the north. The route has approximately 5000 feet of ascent.' Held Mid May.

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South Wales LDWA

Category Caerphilly
Distance (miles)27
Overview

'A walk around the Caerphilly Basin across the Rhymney Valley. The walk follows countryside paths, rural lanes, through Beech woodland and across panoramic mountain tops.' Waymarked.

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Caerphilly County Borough Council Countryside & Landscape Services

Category Caerphilly
Distance (miles)32
Overview

'Linear walk which winds along the floor of the Rhymney Valley, following the river from its headwaters to the southern plains. There are many bus and train stops along the route – so it need not be walked in a single outing. The walk forms part of the Valleys Regional Park, a network of visitor facilities and accessible countryside activity routes across the Valleys.'

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Caerphilly County Borough Council Countryside & Landscape Services

Distance (miles)5
Overview

'The two walking trails, entitled The Birthplace Trail and Childhood Trail will take you in Richard’s footsteps around Pontrhydyfen and Taibach. Both trails include a children’s play area and a scenic picnic spot.'

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Discover Neath Port Talbot

Category Swansea
Overview

Over 20 walks in the 'County of Swansea'  plus several walks in surrounding 'Counties'.

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Swansea Ramblers

Category Swansea
Overview

'Neath, Port Talbot and its valleys in the Swansea Bay area offer a wealth of walks, waterfalls & hidden wonders! Discover outstanding natural beauty alongside a fascinating industrial and transport heritage, a profusion of waterfalls and water features, two amazing Country Parks, and rural rambles in delightful walks settings. And you don’t have to have a car to experience it! ...'

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BayTrans

Category Swansea
Distance (miles)17
Overview

'Constructed 1794-1798 by the Swansea Canal Navigation Company, the canal rose 375 feet through 36 locks from sea level at Swansea up the valley to Abercraf. Built to carry coal down to industries in the Lower Swansea Valley and for export, this new link to the sea enabled development all along the valley of industries and the towns we know today.'

ALERT Sadly, at Review, I was unable to raise the Website Sections about The Swansea Canal Trail.

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Swansea Canal Society

Category Cardiff
Distance (miles)55
Overview

'Multi-purpose route between the Cardiff waterfront at Cardiff Bay in the South and the Market Town of Brecon in the North ... Passes close to Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil and through a wide variety of urban and suburban landscapes of those towns and the open moorland of the Brecon Beacons. '

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Sustrans

Category Cardiff
Distance (miles)9
Overview

'This is a fascinating walk within a short distance of Cardiff. It crosses the little known north east corner of the Vale and offers the walker historic villages, ruined castles and a battle site all combined with surprisingly attractive views. While a delightful area it is prone to flooding so can be wet underfoot.'  [St Fagans ... St Brides ... St Georges]

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Valeways

Category Merthyr Tydfil
Distance (miles)9
Overview

'The 15.2 kilometre Trevithick Trail commemorates the first journey by a steam locomotive to pull a load on rails in 1804, the precursor of the Railway Age which changed the world in the 19th century ... Two years after the completion of its construction in 1802, the Cornishman Richard Trevithick ran a steam locomotive along its length, an event that was to establish a landmark in the history of railway development and forever link the tramroad with the name of the locomotive's constructor.'

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