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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.
2 reviews
Overall rating:
Aug 12, 2017
(26 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
(26 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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