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Walking in Glamorgan, South Wales. Guided walks, routes & local information

Last updated  

2/7/12

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NOTE: Many of the following leaflets may be out of print and difficult to find.

Valeways is a registered charity who do much good work reopening existing footpaths. They can be contacted on 01446 749000 or at Valeways, Unit 7, Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry, CF62 9DA. Amongst their leaflets are the following most of which can be found currently in TICs:

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THE HIGHLIGHT TRAIL: 11 kms around St Nicholas, Duffryn and Highlight Park, Barry.

BORDER VALE WALK. Main walk 7 miles circular with two shorter options of around 3 miles from Ystradowen.

CASTLE, COURT AND WELLS. 8 miles around Cowbridge, Penllyn and Llansannor.

CHURCH, COLLEGE AND LIGHTHOUSE: 3 walks of 3.5, 5 or 9 miles around Llantwit Major, similar to our Llantwit Major and Nash Point  walks.

COSMESTON, DINAS AND SULLY: 7 miles starting at Cosmeston Lakes.

PENDOYLAN: 6.5 miles around Pendoylan and Tre Dodridge.

LLANCARFAN CIRCULAR (SOUTHERN ROUTE): 9 kms including Llancarfan, Llanbethery, Llancadle, Fonmon and Penmark.

LLANCARFAN CIRCULAR (NORTHERN ROUTE): 5 kms including Llancarfan and Walterston. You can combine the Northern and Southern Routes.

LLANFAIR WALK, ST MARY CHURCH: From St Mary Church to Cowbridge and back, just over 6 miles.

THE SALMON LEAPS: Dinas Powys to Michaelston-le-Pit and back via the Salmon Leaps. 5 miles.

THE SIX VILLAGE WALK. The whole walk is 13 miles but there are shorter options of 3. 4 and 5 miles. Around Colwinston.

THE THREE SAINTS WALK. St Brides, St Georges and St Fagans - 9 miles but with shorter options

VALEWAYS COUNTRYSIDE WALKS NO.3 HEART OF THE VALE ROUTE: From Llanblethian to the sea including Llanmihangel, Llandough, Flemingston, Llanmaes, Boverton and St Athan.13 kms for the main route with 8 kms for the Northern Loop and 23 kms for the Southern Extension.

WOODLANDS, PARK AND COAST, Walk no 4. 5.5 miles around Barry and Porthkerry in the same area but not following the same route as our Porthkerry circuit.

SIGINGSTONE TRIANGLE WALK: 4 miles around Sigingstone and Llanblethian.

There is a series of walk leaflets entitled Glamorgan Heritage Coast but with no indication of who has produced them. Probably out of print.

HISTORY WALK A walk around Llantwit Major with details on the different buildings in the town

CLIFF WALK This leaflet covers a cliff walk around the sea front at Llantwit Major and to the East.

NATURE WALK Shorter than the cliff walk but in the same area.

BEACH WALK Starting from the same area as the Cliff Walk leaflet but this time heading West.

South Glamorgan County Council (as was) produced some leaflets which have a diagram but no text. Probably out of print. You will find it useful to have an OS map:

WENVOE/DINAS POWYS CIRCULAR WALK

PORTHKERRY CIRCULAR WALK

WESTERN COWBRIDGE CIRCULAR WALK

EASTERN COWBRIDGE CIRCULAR WALK

Three Town Trails around the towns of Barry (complete route 6 miles), Llantwit Major and Penarth (approx. 3.5 miles). Produced by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Tourism Unit the leaflets include a street map with the route of the town trail along with a lot of information on what to look out for on the local history and architecturs.

An excellent series of walks leaflets has been produced by Groundwork Ogwr/Groundwork Bridgend (The Environment Centre, Maesteg Road, Tondu, Mid Glamorgan, CF32 9BT). Many of these have been revised and reprinted and are currently available.

NANT BRYBGLAS - 2.5 miles around Coychurch and Coity

NEWTON PORTHCAWL - 5.5 miles mainly linear walk from Newton to Candleston Castle

OVER THE BWLCH - 16 miles linear from Dare Valley Country Park to Bryngarw Country Park

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ST BRIDES MAJOR - 4 miles circular walk from St Brides to Southerndown and back via Heol y Mynydd

THROUGH THE VALE - 19 miles linear walk from Bryngarw Country Park to the coast by Aberthaw Power Station

PORTHCAWL TO MARGAM - 11 miles linear walk from Newton at the Eastern end of Porthcawl through to Margam Country Park

RIVER OGMORE AND MERTHYR MAWR - 5.5 miles circular walk from central Bridgend towards Merthyr Mawr down one side of the River Ogmore and along the other

EWENNY - 3.3 miles circular walk from Ewenny Priory to Corntown and back.

LLANGYNWYD VILLAGE AND MYNYDD MARGAM - 9.5 miles circular walk from Garth, picking up the Coed Morgannwg Way and back

GARW VALLEY COMMUNITY WALK - 14 miles from Bryngarw to Llangeinor via Betws and Pontycymer, largely followed by the Bryngarw Walk.

OLD INDUSTRIES & NEW PARKS - 5.5 mile circular walk from the railway station at Tondu and passing through Coytrahen and Bryngarw

CORNELLY WALK - 3 miles around South Cornelly

NOTTAGE CIRCULAR WALK - 2.5 miles of circular walking around Nottage.

NOTTAGE AND SKER POINT CIRCULAR WALK. 6 miles, along the coast to Sker, than back cross-country

Also produced in the Bridgend area are some walks currently available and covering the Garw Valley area.

GARW VALLEY WALK 1. A circular walk starting at Blaengarw. 7 miles.

BRYNGARW CIRCULAR WALK. Just 2.5 miles, this circular walk starts at Bryngarw Country Park

Walks leaflets for the Bridgend area

Route 1 3 mile route around South and North Cornelly

Route 2 3 mile walk from North Cornelly out to Sker House

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The WTSWW have produced some leaflets covering their nature reserves

Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh. 2 short circular walks, one half a mile, the other a mile

Garw Valley. A series of leaflets for the Garw Valley with useful maps and local information.

Walk 1 7 miles from Blaegarw to Pontycymer and back

Walk 2 5 miles to the west of Blaengarw

Some walks in the Llynfi valley, currently in print. OS maps used in leaflets.

Walk 1. From Garth station to Measteg station - then use rail to get back to start point. 5 miles

Walk 2. Another route from Garth station to Maesteg station - this one also 5 miles. You can combine 1 and 2 to make a good circular walk of 10 miles.

Walk 3. This takes a similar route to Walk 2 but starts at Maesteg station and is slightly longer getting you back to Garth station in 7 miles. Combine this with 1 for a 12 miler although you will need to follow one of the two routes backwards.

Walk 4. 5 mile linear from Maesteg Station to Caerau then return by bus.W

Walk 5. 5 miles linear walk from Maesteg Station with return option by bus

Leaflets produced by the Merthyr Tydfil Groundwork Trust:

Morlais Heritage Trail - 3 mile trail including old tramways and railroads

Merthyr Heritage Trails

A series of 10 historical walk leaflets in and around Merthyr Tydfil covering Morlais, Vaynor, Merthyr Tydfil, Abercanaid, Pentrebach/Troedyrhiw, Bedlinog, Quakers Yard/Trelewis/Treharris, Dowlais, Cefn Coed y Cymmer, Cyfarthfa. The pack costs around 1 and can be obtained from the Information Centre in Cyfarthfa Castle

Leaflets produced by Mid Glamorgan County Council (Probably out of print):

Blaenrhondda Waterfalls Walk (No.1 in series). A 2 mile walk between Treherbert and Hirwaun

Caerphilly Mountain Project leaflets (Probably out of print):

Machen Forge Trail - rural walk covering old industrial area of Machen, tramways, coal, iron foundries

6 walks in the Caerphilly area. 

Produced by the Council covering the Darran Valley, Pen y Fan pond, Twmbarlwm, Caerphilly/Rudry, Sirhowy Valley, Parc Penallta. Can also be downloaded from the Council website.

Llanelli Borough Council Leaflets:

Lower Lliedi reservoir (No.1 in series) - 2 mile walk around the reservoir.

Neath Port Talbot council.

Top Ten Walks. This free leaflet gives very useful information on walks in this area. There are brief notes and OS maps for walks from Glyncorrwg, Foel Trawsnant, Mynydd Dinas, Pant-y-Sais Fen, Sarn Helen, Melincourt Falls, Neath Canal, Sgwd Gwladys, CwmDu and Pontardawe. Best of all is a relief map showing the area and topography.

Swansea City Council Leaflets:

Clyne Valley Country Park Trail - 1-2 mile walk in the Country Park

Tawe Riverside Path - path for pedestrians and cyclists from Clydach to Swansea City Centre 

Torfaen trails and tales. 6 trails currently available.

Trail 1. The Hanburys - 3.5 miles

Abersychan - 3.5 miles

A Welcome in the hillside - 3.5 miles

Trail 4. A walk around the British staring Talywain - 3 miles

Trail 5. Around the Lasgarn area - 2.5 miles

Trail 6. This is actually a car tour of 12 miles around Blaenavon, Abersychan, Varteg and Cwmavon

West Glamorgan Council leaflets (probably out of print):

The Tonna Trail - 2.5 mile walk overlooking Tonna, the Neath Valley and Swansea Bay

Sgwd Gwladys Walk - 3 miles there and back in waterfalls country

Cilybebyll Walk - 1.25 hours with views over Swansea Valley and Pontardawe

Leaflets produced by Taff Ely (Llantrisant) Ramblers:

St Peters Church Circular - 6 miles Llantrisant Forest and Llanharan

Rhiwsaeson - 5 miles around Rhiwsaeson and Cross Inn

Cilely - 3 miles around Tonyrefail

Groesfaen - 4 miles including Groes Faen, Rhiwsaeson and Cross Inn

Coed Ely - 7 miles from Coed Ely and including a bit of the Taff Ely Ridgeway walk 

Taff Trail Circular Walks:

Llandaff

Eglwysilian, Upper Boat, Pontypridd

Wales Coast Path

A summary leaflet gives the whole route splitting it into 8 numbered sections. Glamorgan is covered by sections 7 and 8

This leaflet covers the Vale of Glamorgan from Ogmore to Penarth in outline only

Individual Leaflets

Afan Forest Park. A leaflet showing a range of walks around the Countryside Centre at Afan Argoed stretching from Cwmafan up to Glyncorrwg.

OLD BARRY - A 4 mile historical and scenic walk around Barry with snippets about local history and buildings.

THE DARE AMAN TRAIL - 2 3 mile walks around the Dare Valley Country Park

WALKS IN & AROUND BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH

This is a summary leaflet of walks which are covered in detail in the Groundwork Ogwr/Bridgend series above.

THE CARDIFF CENTENARY WALK - Produced by Cardiff Council in 2005, a heritage walk around the city. Notes and photos of buildings plus map with route. 2.3 miles. 

St FAGANS CIRCULAR WALK - produced by Outdoor Cardiff and describing a 2 mile route from the village of St Fagans around the field behind the museum and taking you over the site of the Battle of St Fagans.

Long Distance Routes

TAFF ELY RIDGEWAY - This 21 mile linear ridgeway walk runs from Mynydd Maendy to Caerphilly Common. One side of the leaflet covers the entire route on an OS map and is sufficient for route-finding.

BRIDGEND CIRCULAR WALK - 20 miles in a circuit from Sarn to St Brides. The first leaflet  describes the section from Sarn to Ogmore Castle. The second leaflet  describes a 6 mile section from Sarn to Coychurch. The third covers Coychurch to Merthyr Mawr.

COED MORGANNWG WAY - 36 miles from Margam Park to Gethin Woodland Park where it meets the Taff trail. The route is marked on OS maps although this can be vague in places and a leaflet with text description does help. 

GOWER WAY - 3 leaflets (around 75p per leaflet) covering the Gower Way which runs for 35 miles from Rhossili to Penlle'r Castell. The 3 sections are Rhossili to Penmaen, Penmaen to Gowerton and Gowerton to Penlle'r Castell.

TAFF TRAIL - a 55 mile waymarked route for walkers and cyclists from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. North of Merthyr Tydfil the route splits giving you a choice of a Western route via Storey Arms or Eastern route via Pontsticil and Talybont. There is a guidebook - the Taff Trail by Jeff Vinter - which is ideal if you plan to walk it but appears to be out of print.

MILLENNIUM HERITAGE TRAIL - a 100 km route that rambles through the Vale of Glamorgan and is split into 16 sections. A pack is available giving route description and some local information. In bookshops in the Vale or apply to Valeways