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|Ruperra Woods and Hill Fort Ramble|
|Author: melanzana, Published: 27 Feb 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A lovely 2 mile ramble from the village of Draethan in Glamorgan. The route heads up a steepish hill following the River Rhymney circular walk, up to an Iron Age hill fort with fantastic 360 degree views up the Rhymney valley and out across a wide panorama of the Severn valley and across to Somerset. The return leg takes you down to the ruins of Ruperra Castle, built in 1626, and then back down the hill through the woods and along an old mill stream to reach Draethen. The woods are lovely in the spring when the bluebells are out. The woods are being felled and opened out due to ash dieback disease just now, and they are managed by a volunteer community group. |
The route follows well-marked trails and it is rather muddy at points. The climb to the hill fort is quite steep and you will need to negotiate some kissing gates plus two stiles. There are many paths within the woodland so the App's live GPS map will be particularly useful to help with navigation. Dogs are welcome in the woodland and hill fort. Allow 1 hour.
Take the M4 to junction 28, go north on the A467 then take the exit off the roundabout to Machen and Caerphilly (A486). In Lower Machen, turn left to Draethen and park on the roadside near to The Hollybush pub. Approximate post code NP10 8GB.
|Start to Junction|
Start point: 51.5796 lat, -3.1259 long
The walk begins at the car park entrance for The Hollybush pub. Walk along the access drive past the pub in the direction of the footpath sign. It is the dragonfly sign on the signposts, marking the Rhymney River Circular trail. Go over the stile and up the field (with the hedge on your left). Go through a kissing gate and join the gravel-topped path, still the Rhymney River Circular trail. Carry on uphill until you reach a T-junction.
|Junction to Hill Fort|
Start point: 51.5748 lat, -3.1201 long
Turn sharp left at this T-junction (leaving the Rhymney Circular trail) to continue on up to the top of the ridge (signposted to the Iron Bridge).
|Hill Fort to Motte Exit|
Start point: 51.574 lat, -3.1217 long
Take time to explore the Iron Age ditches and the Motte. There are a couple of benches to sit and admire the wonderful views.
|Motte Exit to End|
Start point: 51.5723 lat, -3.1273 long
After joining another part of the Rhymney River Circular trail, you will emerge from the woods above the castle walls. Turn right onto a tarmac road with the ruins of Ruperra Castle below you on your left. You will be able to take a peep at the ruins through the trees over the high wall that surrounds it.
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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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