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Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk
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Roger H wrote a review Feb 2013
Cardiff, United Kingdom118 contributions49 helpful votes
Having looked at it seriously on the map I was amazed how long this route is and one I intend to complete in full. I did the 7k section from roughly by Travelers Rest Pub and to the Maenllydth Pub. You can follow the path very easily. Its's amazing that you come through as many as 7 gates which are all well maintained. I found it very peaceful and relaxing. Particular special as it was a very long overdue trip for me. I used it to celebrate my sons 30th! so you can how short it is! One i think will become a regular and beyond! The Maenllydth Pub landlord was welcoming to walkers, cyclists and passersby.
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Date of experience: February 2013
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Lee P wrote a review Aug 2012
Pontypridd26 contributions31 helpful votes
Firstly this is not a jaunt for novices it is 28 miles circular and has a very large elevation over a sustained period especially the climb out of Machen. I did it in two days and wild camped with the hammock so I was carrying a lot of extra kit than if it was to be done on a series of split days out walking. The path disappears without trace on occasions so you would be advised to have an OS map at hand or gps. Most of the signs have been defaced at public areas but off the beaten track they are maintained. The path in areas is overgrown with brambles so long sleeves and a good stick may help. The good bits are some stunning views for the hard work you will be putting out. If you want a sensible approach do it in segments but you will have to consider your journey as it will not be circular. If you want to wild camp and have a hammock there are plenty of options as are there plenty of water options for filtering. My top tip don't bother finding the path in Draethen just follow the road as it joins the road but is a pointless excursion up into a small pine forest with a steep climb just to come back down again and then join the road. Can't get my head around it.. However the little forest is a good hammock point and you could bimble down to the pub when set up ! I didn't set up here though but nearer my 13 mile point for me. Needs a council bod to have a walk around an clear up some of the route really. Enjoy
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Date of experience: August 2012
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