Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Llwyn Celyn Whips - An Easy Walk With A View Over Cardiff

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Llwyn Celyn Whips - An Easy Walk With A View Over Cardiff


Difficulty - Easy
Parking - Free
Child and buggy friendly

This is an easy walk through woods following forest roads. No special equipment or navigation skills are required although the paths can be really wet and muddy after rain. It is a gentle up hill climb with glimpses of the Brecon Beacons and at the top views over Cardiff.

There is a picnic table at the top so a good place to pause for a snack. We just walked to the ROC (Royal Observer Corps) Station and back and the route took us 1.5 hours, but we didn't rush and paused many times to take photos and admire the views, also it was Mr Ps first walk not on pavements since his operation so we took it easy. There is a longer, circular walk described on the Ramblers website.

We were unfortunate to be bitten by horse flies, I think they like forests on certain days as I have never been bitten walking here before. Insect repellant is now on my essential list.

The interactive map shows exactly where the car park is.




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The route is easy to follow. Just walk up hill following the forest road. It bends to the right then again to the left. Just keep going until you reach a T junction. Then turn right and through a gate.

The paths are marked and along the way you will be rewarded with views of the Brecon Beacons. When we visited the Common Orchid was flowering along with many other wild flowers.

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Common Orchid flowering all along the route

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A glimpse of the view to come


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The tracks are shared with horse riders and cyclists too

At the top the view opens out and Pen y Fan can be seen in the distance. The views over Cardiff are very good too.

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Pen Y Fan in the distance


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Through the gate and then great views of Cardiff

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We stopped at the ROC station, it seems to be a popular spot with evidence of camp fires, and some art work too.

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The ROC station at the top of the hill

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Some abstract artwork, I think it looks like a face

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The route down is very easy, and the views are just as good. We paused at the trig point and strolled back to the car.

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The path back to the car park

We used to take our children here and is a great walk with lots of forest paths bisecting the main path to explore.

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