A nice 7 mile circular walk taking in the 428m high hill Mynydd Ty’n-tyle and 481m high hill Cefn y Rhondda.

This is a really good walk with fairly minimal ascent – given the height of the hills – good parking and lots of good trails to follow. The views are expansive from the moment you get out of the car and there is good variety to the terrain to keep things interesting. I first walked to Mynydd Ty’n-tyle and then onto Cefn y Rhondda.

Cefn y Rhondda
The trail just down from Mynydd Ty’n-tyle takes you in amongst the wind mills. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.

There are a few different routes to Cefn y Rhondda, I took the path into the wind farm (which, a sign warns, is private land, so walk it at your own risk). I then followed the good gravel track all the way to the forest and into it. This then leads pretty directly to the trig point, which is just off of the path. Views are better than expected due to a lot of the forest being very young.

Cefn y Rhondda
The gravel road makes walking easy, whatever the weather. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.

The trig point is no longer the high point as there has been some quarry work that has lead to a line of rocks / debris above the trig point. This provides a good place to sit down with extensive views North. On a clear day you’d be able to see the Brecon Beacons. You can also see a few hills to your right, including Mynydd Gethin and Mynydd Aberdare.

Cefn y Rhondda
The views are impressive throughout, with added drama from changeable weather. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.

A quiet ridgeway walk, I hadn’t seen a soul so far. I continued past the trig point and then did a u-turn to take me back to the car along a craggy edge making the route circular and keeping it interesting.

Cefn y Rhondda
The trig point is in the woodland, but due to lots of young trees the view is better than you’d think. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.

The autumn colours of the grass made the rather golden sunlight really bring the landscape to life. Good views of Tylerstown Tip and Cefn Gwyngul on your left.

Cefn y Rhondda
The trig point. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.
Cefn y Rhondda
The trig point. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.
Cefn y Rhondda
View from the higher line of debris. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.

The route back down contained a few walkers and a few motorbikes, enjoying the afternoon sun. A highly recommended circular route.

Cefn y Rhondda
The walk back is just as nice. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.
Cefn y Rhondda
Some crags overlooking a classic valley’s town. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.
Cefn y Rhondda
The colours were striking throughout the walk. | Pentax K 28mm f3.5 @ f8.