Above Ynysybwl

Routes in the South

Llantarnam to Penrhys

This section of the route takes you over the hills of South Wales, above the mining valleys with their terraced houses.

From St Michael’s Church in Llantarnam, you can follow the line of a medieval pilgrimage route to the shrine of the Virgin Mary at Penrhys in the Rhondda. The shrine was looked after by the monks of Llantarnam. The route goes over the Iron Age hillfort of Twmbarlwm to Risca, where the monks had a grange at Pontymister, then over Mynydd Machen and Mynydd Eglwysilan. The line of the medieval route is through the housing estates of Ty Sign, Caerphilly and Ynysybwl so we suggest an alternative that goes through woods and fields.

For details click on the links to the right.




Llantarnam to Penrhys

Llantarnam to Risca

From Llantarnam, walk over Twmbarlwm and down the pretty valley of the Darran to cross the Ebbw river.

Risca to Caerphilly

From the main road through Risca, climb the ridge of Mynydd Machen and follow old trackways past Bedwas.

Caerphilly to Pontypridd

Follow the Sustrans cycle path out of Caerphilly then the Ridgeway over Mynydd Eglwysilan.

Pontypridd to Penrhys

Follow the medieval pilgrimage route past the remote church of Llanwynno.

Loops & Links

Routes to explore off the main path

Places to visit along this route


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