Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk

A long distance path of 28 miles in South Wales which travels through the picturesque and historic Rhymney Valley. Sweeping hills with magnificent views, historic castles, industrial heritage and lovely parklands all feature along the way. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Penallta Community Park
Distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Grid Ref: ST122953
Climbing: 1,393 metres
Walk time: 10-14 hours
Days: 1-2

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk starts at Rhymney and heads south down the Rhymney Valley where it becomes a circular loop and runs around the Caerphilly basin linking the three main upland ridges of Mynydd-y-Grug, Thornhill and Eglwysilan and passes through Caerphilly, Bedwas, Hengoed, Rudry and Machen. The highest point on the route is Mynydd Machen at 300 metres. The landscape is full of industrial archaeology, reclaimed industrial sites and new light industry to replace the heavy coal industry of old. The area also has castles such as Caerphilly Castle and Ruperra Castle, prehistoric and Roman age sites. n conclusion the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk offers a mix of demanding upland walking, panoramic views and varied sites of interest to explore.

Useful Links:
Rhymney Ridgeway Walk and Rhymney River Circular Walk
Cardiff Ramblers
Caerphilly CBC (Guide and Maps)
Long Distance Walkers Association

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