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Hill/river logoRhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk

45 km / 28 miles

A route winding its way across the hills encircling the unique and often spectacular scenery of the Rhymney Valley. The walk follows quiet countryside paths and lanes, where steep beech woodlands merge into panoramic mountain tops. Mynydd Machen is the highest point. It links with the Taff-Ely Ridgeway Walk at Caerphilly Common, and in the east is partly coincident with the Sirhowy Valley Walk. The Northern Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk section (12 miles) links with the main circular walk at Gelligaer and finishes at Bute Town (SO104092), though there is a cycleway link to Bryn Bach Park that has visitor facilities.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
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Attributes: Moorland
Start and Finish:
ST122953 - Penallta Community Park, Caerphilly
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Web Sites: Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk
  The Valleys - Rhymney

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route notes: Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk (Caerphilly County Borough Council - 2006)
Leaflet: Northern Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk (Caerphilly County Borough Council - 1998)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 171
OS Landranger Active: 171
OS Explorer: 151152166
OS Explorer Active: 151152166

Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Ogwr Ridgeway Walk; Raven Walk; Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk; St Illtyd's Walk; Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk/Ffordd y Bryniau; Taff Trail
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Other Paths: Cambrian Way; Capital Walk - Cardiff; Celtic Way; Cistercian Way (Wales); Glamorgan Ridgeway Walk
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Route Profile:

44.4 Km (27.6 miles)
1,270 m (4,167 ft) ascent
356 m (1,168 ft)  maximum height