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Garth Hill, Gwaelod-y-Garth, South Glamorgan

Difficulty Leisurely

Walking time 2 hours 30 minutes

Length 8.9km / 5.5mi

Route developer: Claire Parry

Route checker: Robin Segulem

Start location Taffs Well rail station CF15 7YF (ST124832)
Route Summary Circular walk from Taffs Well rail station, through the village of Gwaelod y Garth and over Garth Hill, which inspired the novel and movie; "The Englishman who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain". Great views with some steep, boggy sections.
4 reviews
Overall rating:
May 11, 2019
(2 reviews)
Did this walk on an almost perfect May day with excellent views at the top. I would describe the walk as moderate as the height gained is almost 900 feet. The grid reference of the Inn at step 3 is ST115839. At step 4, go through the farm's yard keeping the farmhouse on your left. The wooden post is ahead (a bit worn). Keep to the left side of the hedge and go straight ahead, avoiding the farm machinery. A map and compass are very useful at this stage.
Nov 25, 2018
(2 reviews)
Great walk but couldn't find the path near the farm. I was told by someone later that the path has not been maintained. Has someone done this walk recently?
Aug 12, 2017
(30 reviews)
The views are excellent, in good weather, as expected! One error in my description of the walk along the river - there is a winding path up to the road, rather than steps. Excellent beer at the Gwaelod Inn.
Jul 15, 2017
(30 reviews)
Views must be great in good weather! but I did it on a sticky day in low cloud and drizzle, with visibility down to a hundred yards, so saw very little. I will definitely be back on a clear day. This is a an enjoyable two-hour outing from the station. The first/last bit of the walk on the road is a little dull. A shorter and more picturesque alternative is to take the well-maintained path along the river, accessed by a lane which leaves from the end of the river-footbridge near the station. Follow the signs and, in River Glade, look for a path running beside the first house on the right, which goes down to the river. When you get to the next footbridge, head left up steps to the road and the pub.
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