It’s time to don on the walking boots, grab a bottle of water and set off to the Wenallt woodlands in Rhiwbina Cardiff. As a young boy, I used to trek up the Wenallt Woodlands Walk Cardiff with my friends, never really taking in the beauty of my surroundings. So I decided to re live my youthful days & head back up the mountains.
Getting to the woods / where to park
When heading to the Wenallt, we found the best place to park is at the top of Wenallt road, from there it’s a steep 5 minute walk up the hill, past the Welsh water reservoir to the Woodland entrance. There’s various different higher & lower route pathways you can take and the land stretches into other North woodlands such as Fforest Fawr, Cwm Nofydd & Fforest Ganol.
Our route to Caerphilly Mountains
So our journey began in the lower part of the Wenallt Woodlands Walk Cardiff, trekking through luscious green live stock fields with a mixture of woodland walking & pathway/fields. The views as you head up the mountains are absolutely incredible & showcase the Cardiff skyline as you scale up the mountain.
Popular with many dog walkers & ramblers, the Wenallt Woodlands has been at the forefront of Cardiff’s nature walks & as you scale up the mountain you can see why it’s become such a popular destination. Whilst scaling up the mountain you can see various flowers & wildlife one of the more famous birds to see on you walk is the woodpecker. You’ll cross many farmers fields as you scale up the Wenallt these are marked with public footpath signage & can be followed via the national woodlands app.
Nearing the top of your walk to Caerphilly you’ll cut through Ridgeway Golf Club, a 9 hole club on top of Caerphilly Mountain with stunning views just take a look at the pictures we took on our walk below.
Once at the top of the mountain, you can take a much deserved break at the Mountain snack bar which sells a fantastic range of hot & cold food & drinks to eat in or takeaway. It comes to no surprise that the route down is a lot shorter & more direct as you make your way down the mountain you can easily make your way to the woodland trail. The views are absolutely stunning & showcase the Cardiff skyline beautifully. It’s at this point you realise how high up you’ve scaled & the sense of achievement that you’ve managed to take on such a challenging walk.
Other walks to consider in the area
There are some fantastic walks across Cardiff & we have an abundance of greenery to showcase off & these walks have some different to offer each & every rambler alike.
- Castell Coch
- Fforest Fawr – The Sculpture Trail running adjacent to Castell Coch
- Bute Park
- Cardiff Bay Wetlands
- The Northern Meadows
- Fforest Farm Nature Reserve
- Cwm Nofydd
- Fforest Ganol
- Parc Cefyn Onn
- Gwaelod Y Garth
The possibilities are endless & we’re sure on your day trip out you’ll find something exciting for the whole family to take part in. We highly recommend this walk alongside Gwaelod Y Garth walk as both have exceptional views & local amenities nearby if needed.
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