The Fairytale Castle

A walk of forests, fairytale castles and stunning mountain views

  • 4 hours
  • 46 British pounds
  • North Cardiff

Walk details

A wooded hillside, near to a major motorway is hardly the place you’d expect to find an enchanted fairy-tale castle, but just a few miles from Cardiff, is one that rivals those found anywhere in Bavaria. Castell Coch, with its red sandstone walls and conical towers, perched on a clifftop amid stunning deciduous woodland is a fine place to go for a walk. This 5.5 mile walk is a lovely stroll through woodland, ancient railway lines and a ridgeway walk with mouth-watering views across the valleys, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel. The walks starts in the beautiful ancient Fforest Fawr (big forest) where you will walk along a forest trail lined with beautiful wooden sculptures of wizards, dragons and animals. Approximately a mile into the walk the pure unadulterated fantasy of Castell Coch will come into view. With a working drawbridge and portcullis, three circular towers and a dream boudoir that features a lavishly decorated domed ceiling, the structure has to be seen to be believed. After the castle the walk winds its way through woodland as it follows a section of the Taff Trail, a 55 mile route that stretches from Cardiff to the market town of Brecon. From the Taff Trail you will climb up to a ridgeway and viewpoint where you get a taste for the industrial past of the area and also have a birds-eye view of the town of Caerphilly with its immense castle, described as one of the greatest medieval castles in Europe. Your experienced guide will ensure you have a fascinating learning experience during your trip to this stunning part of Wales. Difficulty rating: Moderate - the walk does in involve a 20 minute climb to the top of a small mountain. IF THIS WALK IS NOT AVAILABLE ON YOUR CHOSEN DATE, PLEASE CONTACT US TO CHECK AVAILABILITY.

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For cancellations please contact us at enquiries@walksouthwales.co.uk at least 48 hours before your walk is due to start.

Contact Details

+ 44 7866549896

enquiries@walksouthwales.co.uk

Newport, Wales, UK