The Rhymney River Walk is a seven-mile circular walk around the lower Rhymney Valley.The short climbs through dappled woodland reward the walker with panoramic views of the valley floor and archaeological heritage of the area.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start at Cefn Mably Arms - Michaelstone-y-fedw.
(D/A) With the Cefn Mably Arms behind you, turn right onto the road. After approximately 10 metres turn left along the track next to the old rectory. Follow lane reaching a fingerpost and stile on your left. Follow the path and waymarks through a field gate towards a pylon in the centre of the field, then onto a stile, climb the stile and follow the path towards the Michaelstone bridge.
(1) Cross the road, down three steps and follow the footpath immediately opposite leading you along the river. Continue along this path following the waymarks, briefly skirting into Park Wood, then back to the path along the river leading you to a small stone bridge.
(2) Cross the stile into the field and follow waymarks along the field edge footpath toward Plas Machen, then on through a series of kissing gates returning to the river edge path leading to Draethen Bridge.
(3) Turn left over the road bridge and continue to Hollybush Pub.
(4) Rejoin the footpath behind the Hollybush, the path climbs steeply towards a kissing gate, leading you into Ruperra Wood. Follow waymarkers through the woodland leading you towards Ruperra Castle. Follow the path along the Castle wall boundary and then left through a wooden gate. The path heads diagonally across the large open field towards a huge oak tree at the entrance to Wern-ddu Woodland.
(5) Pass through the gate and continue along the waymarked path through the woodland.
(6) Turn left onto the road and almost immediately pick up the path on your right. Follow the path through a series of metal kissing gates, crossing a small stream, leading to another metal kissing gate. Pass through the gate and follow the stream and field edge path to Cefn Mably Drive.
(7) Turn left along the access road towards Cefn Mably Farm. On reaching the road turn right crossing the road bridge and pass the farm park, after approximately 50 metres further look for a fingerpost on left.
(8) Rejoin the path here and follow the lane through small woodland bearing right at the home farm. Follow waymarks over a stile towards Ty-hir Farm, continue on the line of the path to stile behind the farmhouse, and then follow the path uphill before reaching the roadside stile.
(9) Turn left onto the road and after approximately 50 metres rejoin footpath over a stile to St Michael’s Church and finish.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 272ft - Cefn Mably Arms - Michaelstone-y-fedw
1 : mi 0.26 - alt. 305ft - Road
2 : mi 2 - alt. 125ft - Stone bridge
3 : mi 2.52 - alt. 121ft - Road bridge
4 : mi 3.66 - alt. 190ft - Footpath
5 : mi 4.4 - alt. 384ft - Gate
6 : mi 5.03 - alt. 180ft - Road
7 : mi 5.67 - alt. 102ft - Cefn Mably Park
8 : mi 6.14 - alt. 89ft - Path
9 : mi 6.58 - alt. 207ft - Began Road
D/A : mi 6.78 - alt. 272ft - Cefn Mably Arms - Michaelstone-y-fedw
Ruperra Castle: Built by Sir Thomas Morgan in 1626. It was a typical Jacobian courtier’s house, an example of the “Great Rebuilding” of the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Look out for the distinct Rhymney River Circular Walk Waymark Disc.
Please be advised route descriptions may alter as improvements are made to footpath structures along these routes
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