West: Aberthin / Cowbridge


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Great views over the Vale, followed by peaceful meadow lands, unseen parts of Cowbridge and Llanblethian then a peek at St Quentin’s Castle – finishing with a gorgeous walk through the Vale back to the Bush Inn – and a well earned pint

  • St Hilary – St Hilary Down – Stalling Down – Aberthin – Cowbridge – Llanblethian – New Beaupre – St Hilary
  • 7 miles-11km / 2.5-3.5 hours / 500 feet-150m ascent
  • A few stiles and gates
  • Good paths and tracks, minimal road walking

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Coed Hills


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Coed Hills Community
and Wedding Venue is about one mile east of the centre of the village

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North East: Hensol / Welsh St Donats


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A moderate longish walk with good views, little used paths, a 360 vista, a hidden lake and woodland walks - there’s no pub along the route, so the Bush is the place to aim for!

  • St Hilary – The Garn – Llantithyd House – Tair Onen – Hensol Woods – Hensol Lake – Welsh St Donats – Stalling Down – St Hilary Down – St Hilary
  • 8 miles-13km / 3-4 hours / 650 feet-200m ascent
  • A few stiles and gates
  • About half on good paths and tracks – the rest on quiet country lanes

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South: Flemingston / Llanbethery


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This is the longest walk in the series with over 1,000 feet of ascent. There are three distinct sections: tracks and woodland to Llanblethian, then fields and little used paths and roads across Flemingston Moor to Llanbethery and finally a quiet country lane back to the village.

  • St Hilary – Llanblethian – Llandough – St Mary Church – Flemingston – Llanbethery – St Hilary
  • 11 miles-18km / 4½-5 ½ hours / 330m ascent
  • Lots of stiles and gates
  • Mainly field paths and tracks, some country lanes towards the end

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Interesting places to stroll further afield

  • St Fagans (Welsh Folk Museum) - 2019 Museum of the Year
  • St Donats Castle and Arts Centre
  • Cosmeston Medieval Village
  • Welsh Hawking Centre
  • Llantrisant

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North West: Llansannor


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Compared to the other walks, this is a strenuous walk but it provides lots of lovely views as it tracks the rim of the land around Penllyn Moors. About 1,000 feet of ascent. In return, you will see a secret filming location of Doctor Who, find a hidden well and walk through castle grounds.  There’s no risk of getting too tired, as there are 5 pub stops along the route!

  • St Hilary – The Downs – Aberthin – Llansannor – Penllyn – Cowbridge – St Hilary
  • 10 miles / 4-5 hours / 1,000 feet ascent
  • Lots of stiles and gates
  • Mainly field paths and tracks, minimal road walking

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Walking / strolling destinations along the A48

  • Cowbridge Physic garden: The hidden treasure of the Vale
  • Dyffryn House and Dyffryn Gardens
  • Tinkinswood Burial Chamber
  • St Lythans Chambered Tomb
  • St Quentin's Castle
  • Natural Burial Ground

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South East: Llantrithyd/Llancarfan


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A circular walk from St Hilary to Llantrithyd and then Llancarfan where there is a homely village pub
A surprisingly demanding long walk using paths that are good but not well known

  • St Hilary – The Garn – Llantrithyd – Llancarfan – Coed Arthur – Tre-Aubrey – St Hilary
  • 8 miles / 3/4 hours / 830 feet ascent
  • Lots of stiles and gates
  • Mainly field paths and tracks, some country lanes

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St Hilary to Cowbridge routes


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3 routes from St Hilary to Cowbridge - can be combined for circular walks
NB: normally 4 routes but one route has been omitted because it's not CV compliant

  • A St Hilary Down – Roman Road: Good track, Roman road then road to Cowbridge 1.8 miles 40 min
  • C New Beaupre – Stoneacre: Lane, fields then clear path to Cowbridge 1.9 miles 40 mins
  • D New Beaupre – Llanblethian: Lane, track, fields, lanes, good path to Cowbridge 2.9 miles 1 hour 15 mins

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Coed y Tor Woodland: plans and its story


Caves, mines and bats and plans – an update from Ewart and Nancy

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Overview

Coed y Tor woodland, is the stretch of woodland on the left hand of the road as you walk out of the village downhill towards New Beaupre. It’s in the shape of a bent arm with the elbow being the rocky outcrop that overlooks New Beaupre. This is the Tor. The wood is classed as a PAWS - Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site. Originally, it was an ancient woodland and there are remains of large oak stumps dotted around, but those trees were removed and, possibly later, a larch crop was planted with ash naturally self-seeding. The ground flora indicates that the woodland floor is over 200 years old – the larch is about 50 years old.

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Walk and a coffee/tea


StallingCafe

Stalling Cafe is open from 11am to 1pm. Currently selling takeaway tea/coffee and light snacks including bacon baps!)
Take your credit or debit card - payment is made contactless through the glass!!!
It's a simple 15min walk up to The Clump, straight across the Roman Road then down a wide track to the Mughal car park.
And a nice option is to cross the A48 (by the bridge) and walk around the perimeter of Stalling Down, returning to the cafe for a coffee before heading back up The Clump and back home. About 1 hour walking time.

Circular walk - north


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  • St Hilary – St Hilary Down – Aberthin – Stalling Down – St Hilary
  • 3.8 miles / 2/3 hours / 390 feet ascent
  • No stiles or farmyards
  • Wide paths, tracks and roads

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The Clump and Garn


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These are the most popular walks in the village - no stiles, gates or farmyards.
No need for a map, just follow these simple directions (the walks can be combined):

The Clump (30 minutes there and back)

  • At the crossroads at the end of Church Crescent, turn left taking the lane/track straight up to The Clump

The Garn (1.8 miles / 30 to 45 minutes / flat)

  • take the lane by the post box and red telephone box towards Llantrithyd - ask a villager where they are
  • at The Garn Farm (¾ mile), turn left
  • Follow the zig zag lane which comes out on the main lane into the village at East Downs Farm (a further ¾ mile)
  • Turn left back into the village – take great care because of vehicles

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CV walking guidelines


Official Government advice (as of 26 March 2020)

  • You can leave your house for one form of exercise a day, which includes a walk – alone or with members of your household. It is an excellent way to maintain health and wellbeing. It’s important that we keep active, especially at this difficult time, both for our own wellbeing and to avoid storing up health problems in the future.
  • The exception is people who are in households with symptoms or who have pre-existing health conditions that put them at increased risk.

The rules

  • Keep 2m (6ft) from anyone you pass on your walk
  • You should only walk locally to where you live – do not drive, for example to the coast or to the Brecon Beacons
  • You should walk alone or with people from your household – you should not walk with friends or in groups
  • Do not walk anywhere that you could get in to trouble and require the emergency services
  • Avoid touching gates, fences etc – if you do, wash your hands as soon as possible

Local considerations

  • The path to Beaupre Castle is closed
  • Avoid farmyards – keep dogs on a lead near animals and farm buildings
  • If you see a neighbour or friend or villager, share a wave or a smile or a brief chat over the front garden but ensure you maintain the 2m gap

I also recommend

  • Take gloves in case you have to open a gate or cross a stile
  • Wash your hands before you leave and as soon as you get back – and don’t touch your face in between – take hand sanitizer or wipes, if you have some
  • There can be bracken/thorns/nettles when you cross a stile, so secateurs are useful
  • Take an OS map or download the OS App onto your smartphone
  • Do not walk in a large household group as that could make the 2m rule difficult to meet if you pass other walkers – split into smaller groups of 2s/3s