This is a circular walk
Due to winter daylight reductions, the walk has been shortened slightly. From Machen Village Hall (ST210891) we have a longish climb to Mynydd Machen. We descend to Risca and cross road, river, rail and canal before climbing through woods towards Twmbarlwm. Descending through the Cwmcarn Forest, there is a possibility of a café stop, depending on time and queues. After crossing under the A467, we climb Mynydd y Lan via the Raven Walk, complete with sculpted raven. A further descent, some of which is off piste, takes us to the start of the final, but shorter, climb. The walk mixes forest and wood with open moor land and hopefully some good views. Three and a half good climbs.