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|Castell Coch Circular|
|Author: melanzana, Published: 21 Jan 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A pleasant 1.5 mile stroll around the castle and woods at Castell Coch in Tongwynlais near Cardiff. The castle is well worth a look around, a real Gothic fantasy. It has lovely views over Cardiff and the River Taff. The walking route leads you through beech woodland, visiting a haematite mine and a pretty blue pool with a stunning arch. |
The route follows a waymarked trail, the yellow Burges' Trail, making it fairly easy to navigate so it is not one you'll get lost on. It is also not too muddy as the paths are well made, trainers or walking shoes are required though. There is a steep climb to to the ridge from the castle but then the route is flat with a moderate descent. There are no stiles or gates. Allow 1 hour.
The walk starts in Tongwynlais near Cardiff, just off the M4 Junction 32. Follow the signs in the village to the Cadw Site. You can either park inside the castle grounds (free) or on the road outside if the car park is full or if the gate is closed. The route is on the Taff Trail cycle route and public footpath so it is always open even if the castle itself is closed. Approximate post code CF15 7JS.
|Start to Castell Coch|
Start point: 51.5367 lat, -3.2493 long
From the roadside, go past the red gate and follow the access drive (or from the car park, follow the access drive) uphill towards the castle. At the top of the hill, you will discover the wonderful castle.
|Castell Coch to Beechwood Path|
Start point: 51.536 lat, -3.2545 long
Castell Coch is a fantastic Victorian castle designed by William Burges. Built on the ruins of a medieval castle, the name Castell Coch translates in English to Red Castle, taking its name from the red sandstone from which it is built. It is an excellent example of Victorian Gothic Revival. The castle is situated with a commanding view of the Taff Gorge. If the castle is open, it is well worth exploring (entrance fees apply). You can visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk for details.
|Beechwood Path to Haematite Mine|
Start point: 51.5371 lat, -3.2525 long
Carry straight on along the trail. The surrounding beech woods contain rare plant species and unusual geological features and are protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
|Haematite Mine to Blue Pool|
Start point: 51.5415 lat, -3.25 long
Tongwynlais and Pentyrch were once the setting for an early industrial landscape with coal, limestone and iron ore deposits in close proximity. It is thought that Sir Henry Sidney, a courtier to King Henry VIII, had a smelting site near Tongwynlais in the 1560s. He is credited for developing the iron industry of southeast Wales. The workings you can see are the disused haematite mine workings.
|Blue Pool to End|
Start point: 51.542 lat, -3.2505 long
Just carry on down hill, still following the waymarked trail. There are nice views across to the hills in the winter. You will emerge to the main drive by the entrance gate. Depending where you parked, go up to the car park or down back to the main gate where the walk began.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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